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  • #16
    Pawn Stars Les Paul guitar got sold on ebay.

    http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=152358

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    • #17
      A column I wrote a while back.

      Money



      Let
      "HAVE FUN, TRY NOT TO HURT ANYONE AND EAT PLENTY OF GREENS"

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      • #18
        Pawn shops exist because people need quick cash. Pawn shops provide the service of allowing people with emergency situations to get money. The shop has to make a profit after overhead. They don't profit from other peoples misery any more than a doctor or a lawyer. I watch these shows because i like to see cool and rare stuff. Pawn Stars may not be as staged as you think, since it's in Vegas. Hard Core Pawn is probably staged, not everyone in Detroit can be criminally insane. I watch Cajun Pawn because many of the items that they show have a southern connection, and I'm from the south.
        As far as the Storage shows, most of them are geared to the trashy redneck audience. I like Auction Hunters because of the cool stuff. Again, other peoples misery and misfortune, sad though it is, is unavoidable. Why should the companies loose money on abandoned lockers ? Also, more than one crime has been discovered after the tenant stopped paying.
        Just my opinion.

        Mel
        <div class="signaturecontainer">AKA &quot;SuperChunk&quot;</div>

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        • #19
          The storage people are in the business of selling storage space. The pawn shops are in the business of making quick cash available. They're businesses. The objective of a business is to make money. If the owners of these businesses don't pay the rent, and the power bills, and the water bills, and the sales tax, and the county tax, and the business licenses, and the lawyers, and hundreds of other expenses, they're out of business, and their kids go hungry. And contrary to any crap you hear otherwise, they are making it on their own. No one is doing it for them.

          This talk about these guys profiting from others' misfortune is a lot of bull****************.
          Proud reject from the HCAG Civil Posters Society, Martin snob, vitriolic sociopath, and tantrumist

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          • #20
            The storage people are in the business of selling storage space. The pawn shops are in the business of making quick cash available. They're businesses. The objective of a business is to make money. If the owners of these businesses don't pay the rent, and the power bills, and the water bills, and the sales tax, and the county tax, and the business licenses, and the lawyers, and hundreds of other expenses, they're out of business, and their kids go hungry. And contrary to any crap you hear otherwise, they are making it on their own. No one is doing it for them.

            This talk about these guys profiting from others' misfortune is a lot of bull****************.


            Damnit Spock, I'm a doctor not a pawn broker!
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            • #21
              This talk about these guys profiting from others' misfortune is a lot of bull****************.


              No it isn't. My opinion. Keep yours if you want it, but IMHO the logic just isn't there. People selling off their engagement rings, instruments, family heirlooms, etc., out of desperation is undeniably a sad affair. The fact that something is a business does not exempt it from ghoulishness. The slave trade was once a "business."

              Very simple equation. No one walks into a pawn shop thinking they're going to get the better end of the deal. You hock your ****************, often it's going to be done out of desperation. That's the only real leverage a pawn shop has. If you profit from that, you are in a very clear, linear way profiting from that desperation, misery, whatever you want to call it. Throw any kind of spin on it that you want, it's still an ugly business.
              <div class="signaturecontainer">I guess I kinda lost control, because in the middle of the play I ran up and lit the evil puppet villain on fire. No, I didn't. Just kidding. I just said that to help illustrate one of the human emotions, which is freaking out. Another emotion is greed, as when you kill someone for money, or something like that. Another emotion is generosity, as when you pay someone double what he paid for his stupid puppet.<br><br><br><br><br><br>I.K.F.C.<br><br>E.S .C.<br><br>Potato Society<br><br>SAWG</div>

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              • #22
                The storage people are in the business of selling storage space. The pawn shops are in the business of making quick cash available. They're businesses. The objective of a business is to make money. This talk about these guys profiting from others' misfortune is a lot of bull****************.


                I'm not quibling with the shops making money. I think its sad that it is huge entertainment for us folks to get their rocks off watching someone's shattered life getting auctioned off for cents on the dollar.
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                • #23
                  It's all staged guys. Don't take it so seriously. It's a TV show.
                  If you find your self alone riding in green fields with the sun in your face... do not be troubled, for you are in Elysium. And you are already dead! Brothers... what we do in life... echoes in eternity! (Gladiator)

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                  • #24
                    It's all staged guys. Don't take it so seriously. It's a TV show.


                    Why watch it then? Next hot TV idea: lets watch a family get evicted from their forclosed home. Contestents can bet on where they'll end up- shelter; station wagon; motel 6? Real fun.
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                    • #25
                      Hey people watch it for various reasons like looking at rare items, classic cars etc. At least I do. Not everyone that comes in is living in their car.
                      If you find your self alone riding in green fields with the sun in your face... do not be troubled, for you are in Elysium. And you are already dead! Brothers... what we do in life... echoes in eternity! (Gladiator)

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                      • #26
                        Hey people watch it for various reasons like looking at rare items, classic cars etc. At least I do. Not everyone that comes in is living in their car.


                        Yep, true. I'm not knocking the shows nor the people who watch them. Just mentioned that I for one cannot get into this stuff because of personal experience/perspective. But while my own views on this kind of industry are quite negative, I wouldn't knock anyone else for being entertained (by the objects for sale, that is). Hell, I'm not about to give up porn just because others don't approve... I don't think anyone has suggested the shows ought to be taken off the air or anything. There's always worse **************** on TV, IMHO.
                        <div class="signaturecontainer">I guess I kinda lost control, because in the middle of the play I ran up and lit the evil puppet villain on fire. No, I didn't. Just kidding. I just said that to help illustrate one of the human emotions, which is freaking out. Another emotion is greed, as when you kill someone for money, or something like that. Another emotion is generosity, as when you pay someone double what he paid for his stupid puppet.<br><br><br><br><br><br>I.K.F.C.<br><br>E.S .C.<br><br>Potato Society<br><br>SAWG</div>

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                        • #27
                          It`s TV people....nobody really believes reality shows....do they?
                          <div class="signaturecontainer">it wasn`t me</div>

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                          • #28
                            I used to like PawnStars but it gets old very quickly. As for the Storage War show I do watch it occasionally and my favorite buyer is Barry Weiss. He is not in it for the money since he is already a wealthy fruit and vegetable retail store owner. According to the info I have read about the show Barry only keeps stuff that he likes for his own collection. Any money he makes off the storage unit he donates to charity.

                            Plus back in the day he looked like quite the rocker....

                            Barry Weiss 30 years ago.

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                            • #29
                              ... the logic just isn't there. People selling off their engagement rings, instruments, family heirlooms, etc., out of desperation is undeniably a sad affair. The fact that something is a business does not exempt it from ghoulishness. The slave trade was once a "business." ...


                              The slave trade business dealt in the involuntary servitude of others. The pawn shop business does not.

                              The people who "sell off their engagement rings, instruments, family heirlooms, etc., out of desperation" do so willingly, and were it not for the pawn shops, they would have no alternatives at all.

                              Loan people perform a necessary and valuable service.

                              The mortuary business is also "ghoulish". By your logic, funeral directors are also profiting off the misfortune of others.
                              Proud reject from the HCAG Civil Posters Society, Martin snob, vitriolic sociopath, and tantrumist

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                              • #30
                                Why watch it then? Next hot TV idea: lets watch a family get evicted from their forclosed home. Contestents can bet on where they'll end up- shelter; station wagon; motel 6? Real fun.


                                I decided years ago that TV was a vast wasteland. Yes yes I know there's some great stuff here and there but 99% is tripe and people (read: me too) will simply flip around the channels and get seduced by what media analysts call the LOP (least objectionable programming). So I gave that habit up in favor of guitar playing. One of my better decisions in life.

                                As for pawnshops: yes they are depressing places sometimes as a browser because it's low-grade stuff for top dollar--but I have never pawned anything and hope I never have to. For the people who have to pawn stuff, it must be so much worse because of the bad deal they are accepting. But in that sense pawnshops are like the much-vilified payday loan storefronts. They are meeting a need; they make high-interest/short-term loans to people who can't get the money any other way. I guess if I was desperate for cash, I would be glad there was some option for getting it.
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