Paul you list your occupation as "Picker" so why would you care what you could get at one of their stores? As to quote the fakers "there's no meat left on the bone"
Everyone who has spoke about going to their stores have said the items there that are worth buying are there for the Tv cameras and part of Mike's collection and are priced crazy high if their priced at all.
Watch Mike's E-bay page for a while and you'll see what's there....http://myworld.ebay.com/antiquearchaeologyleclaire/
I don't want to appear to be mean, but you really need to get that chip off your shoulder about pickers in general.
Pickers as a group do a hell of a lot of business between each other and most wheel and deal faster and with more stuff in one week than you as a collector ever realize. And "meat on the bone" is relative to your locale, the pick(s) in question, and the picker's list of clients. I've traded, swapped, bought, sold, bargained, etc... with a wide array of other pickers to mutual benefit for 12 years.
In this case, if I visit the Nashville store with some items to trade, I'd like to know that the store is more than just a merchandising front and that's why I started this thread, to get reports on real life experience with the stores, like katfish has given.
You collectors may bemoan the TV show, but you have no idea what we pickers have to put up with on a regular basis when we go to a show or a market to sell our picks. Imagine 1000 people looking at your collection obviously for sale and 40-50% remarking that you should contact the pickers to sell them!
I'm visible in the public arena 3-5 times a week selling my acquisitions and I'm always looking for new sources and new outlets.
Below are typical selections I put out for sale every week.