Review of "Pawn Stars" Television Series on the History Channel
“Pawn Stars” is a television series on the History Channel featuring three Nevada pawn shop owners and their quest to research and acquire various good for a profitable price. Here is a review of the basic outline of each episode of “Pawn Stars” and a series summary of the Harrison family pawn shop in Nevada.
The basic synopsis of the “Pawn Stars” series follows three men of the Harrison family as they meet customers and appraise their collectibles before reaching an agreement and bartering over the purchase and sale price of various goods and collectible memorabilia. The Harrisons are gruff businessmen with a collective background that covers an array of physical objects and categories.
Customers are interviewed about their expectations for valuation on their goods and then are shown meeting with the owners of the Nevada pawn shop. The items range in categories from baseball cards to Mayan figurines that were hand carved hundreds of years B.C. When the scope of the item surpasses the cache knowledge of the owners professional appraisers are consulted to further evaluate the authenticity of the goods before a deal is made.
On occasion the pawn brokers will encounter items so rare or appealing that a purchase will be made on site and than sent to a professional to restore or upgrade for sale condition. In these cases the deals are sometimes hastily made for vastly under the value which the owners can turn a profit. One of the nice things about “Pawn Stars” is that the owners are up front about the amount of money they would hope to take in which allows the customer a chance to see the value they are bringing to the pawn shop.
The back and forth over cost is registered on screen to give a scope of how adept the owners of the pawn shop are at bartering and bargaining. They won’t take a deal if they can not at least double their money in future sale. Some of the items brought in are purchased for $300 and sold for thousands.
The drawbacks of “Pawn Stars” follow along with several other reality hybrids with documentary production including the forced re-telling of stories and thought processes like “what was going through your mind when…” type of responses that are not emotionally involving. The show would be better suited with an “Antiques Road Show” like program fitting more content in with less filler.