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Yemelyan Rodionov
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Worst Buy On Pawn Stars

Rick and his dad are featured on Pawn Stars, which follows the only family-owned pawn shop in Las Vegas. A Navy veteran, Harrison lost a million dollars in the real estate market and looked to start fresh in Sin City, where he transplanted his family and opened the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in 1988, according to his official bio from the network.

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Since 2009, viewers have watched the Harrison family (and Chumlee Russell) buy and sell sometimes-valuable and sometimes-worthless artifacts out of their store, World Famous Gold & Silver, in Las Vegas on Pawn Stars. After buying the artifacts, the stars figure out whether or not the goods they bid on were actually worth something.

As we get lower on this list, the films are more bad than good. "The Skulls" rates as just downright awful, but "Running Scared" is a striking misfire full of visual panache, fun performances, and a kinetic pace that holds one's attention for a few hours. Walker stars as Joey Gazelle, a family man who works for a dangerous mobster (Johnny Messner). A mishap involving guns forces Joey to go on the run to protect his family from his associates and the cops.

"Takers" inexplicably gets a bad rap. Here we have a solidly entertaining heist flick with a strong cast, an adequate plot, and a few punchy action scenes. Walker stars alongside Idris Elba, Matt Dillon, Hayden Christensen, and Zoe Saldana, "Takers" follows a group of robbers who set out to pull one last score ... with predictable results. Think Michael Mann's "Heat," albeit without the massive scope or complex characters.

We have previously written about the problems pawnbrokers are encountering with customers trying to get cash for fake gold and with numismatic dealers who are receiving batches of fake US coins. Now it seems there are bad Krugerrands in circulation.

A degree of strife and ignominy would inevitably play a role whenever you're documenting an open all hours pawnbrokers in Las Vegas, Nevada. Then you have to factor in the larger-than-life Gold & Silver Pawn shop employees, Richard "Old Man" Harrison, his son Rick Harrison, grandson Corey "Big Hoss" Harrison," and Corey's longtime pal, Austin "Chumlee" Russell. Given the cast, the nature of the business, and the decidedly colorful array of customers they deal with on an everyday basis, "Pawn Stars" was always guaranteed to bring the drama, both on and off-camera. However, the amount of drama exceeds all and any expectations. Get the popcorn ready; we're breaking down the huge scandals that rocked Pawn Stars.

However, just because he embraces the pimp life doesn't mean the second generation pawnbroker takes a liberal view on all aspects of society. Far from it, in fact. During a CNN interview about his love for Marco Rubio, Harrison's transphobia reared its ugly head. "You have some cities that are saying that if you have a man who feels like he's a woman, he can use the women's restroom," he said. "I guarantee you that will be taken advantage of by some very bad men who want to go into a bathroom where there's young ladies. That will happen if you pass a law like that."

"Pawn Stars" cast member Olivia Black had no idea she would become a reality star when she answered a Craigslist ad for a pawnshop overnight worker. "I hadn't actually realized exactly what I had applied for," Black said in her "Pawn Stars" introduction video. "So I was kind of blindsided when I found out everything that was happening."

However, she quit the job a few months later. "It was very apparent my time there was done," Black told Fox411, who reported she was planning to file a lawsuit against Leftfield Pictures. "Her firing was abrupt and unfortunate, and I think the public deserves more answers," Black's rep said. Despite the furor, she held no ill will towards the pawnbroker staff, who were public in their backing of her. "It's really comforting knowing that the guys at the pawnshop are on my side and supportive of me and really could care less what I choose to do in my personal life," she told RadarOnline.

The "Pawn Stars" cast was embroiled in yet another bitter legal battle in 2012. However, this time around, none of their names were included in the list of defendants. As per The Hollywood Reporter, a top talent agency launched a legal war against History's parent company, A&E Television Networks, alleging the show's stars were stolen from them.

In December 2012, Venture IAB Inc. filed a $5 million lawsuit against A&E, two of History's top execs, Nancy Dubuc and Mary Donahue, and the United Talent Agency's reality TV head honcho, Michael Camacho. In the lawsuit (via THR), Venture "alleges it signed reality stars Richard B. Harrison, Richard K. Harrison, Richard C. Harrison and Austen Russell to written contracts in 2007." Venture claimed the agency's hard work resulted in their clients' landing the gig on what would go on to become "Pawn Stars."

But instead of being thankful to Venture for kickstarting their new career, the freshly minted reality stars evidently dumped the agency less than a year into the show's first season. In the lawsuit, Venture alleged Dubuc and Donahue talked the cast into ditching them in favor of signing with their "friend and agent, Michael Camacho of UTA" instead. The agency demanded a $5 million payout to compensate for the loss of any future commissions they alleged they were entitled to. "As a result of the intentional interference with Agency Agreements, Plaintiff has lost millions of dollars of income," the suit claimed.

Long before there was "Pawn Stars," the show in Las Vegas, Nevada, there was Pawn Star pawnshop, a store located in Florida. As per the Tampa Tribune (via Florida Trend), Frank Bishop had settled on his store's name in 2006 because he thought it was cool, albeit "a little provocative." When the History reality show about the day-to-day dealings of the Gold & Silver Pawn shop first aired in July 2009, with pretty much the exact same name, Bishop had "felt vindicated" by his moniker choice.

Running a successful pawn shop is all about being able to spot a phony. So, if you think Pawn Stars is totally live and unscripted... well, you probably shouldn't consider owning a pawn shop, because none of the cast has truly worked in-store for years.

Odyssey reports that the stars are fed "organic information" throughout their negotiations, all of which are pre-planned. If you see a Pawn Stars deal, it's only after the seller has signed a release and agreed to be an extra, and the Pawn Stars have studied up or consulted with producers about whether it would be good television to buy an item.

American pawnshops appear poised to enter their prime. Rising gold and silver prices, home foreclosures and a recession are attracting more middle- and upper-class customers seeking to sell items or obtain a short-term loan.

At, an online pawnshop that buys high-end items, sellers are paid 75 percent to 80 percent of retail value, which can be up to 25 percent more than the 50 percent to 65 percent of retail value that Pawngo customers are paid for loans, says Pawngo CEO Todd Hills.

Jewelry stores and pawnshops will pay top prices when gold prices are high, but you can still find better prices by shopping around. Check the value through an online search, and see if there is a buyer for the jewelry on eBay.

Go to a few jewelry stores to get your diamond ring appraised; or to an art dealer for an estimate of the worth of the painting on your wall. After getting an approximate worth, take that documentation to a pawnshop.

Whether for sale or a loan, a pawnshop only wants high-quality items it can sell. Jewelry and tools sell quickly, says Whitten, who offers up to 75 percent of market value for these items. High-end items such as firearms and Rolex watches can get up to 85 percent, he says.

There was a time not so long ago when pawn shops were seen as being shady, scary places where no one would ever go unless they were truly desperate. Then along came reality TV, which gave birth to Pawn Stars, and now everybody thinks pawn shops are all staffed by jovial guys who are quick with a quip, if somewhat stingy with a buck.

The truth is, pawn shops are just another business. They buy used stuff, they sell used stuff. Kind of like consignment stores, only just a little bit different in that when you pawn something, you're not actually selling it outright. Instead, the cash you receive in return is technically a loan, and the item you pawn is collateral. Should you repay the loan (plus interest) within a specified time frame, you get your item back. If you cannot (or don't want to) repay and recoup the item, then after the set time has elapsed, it belongs to the pawn shop. They, in turn, re-sell that item for a profit.

If you come into a pawn shop as a seller (or pawner), then no, you're probably not going to get the best deal in the world. This, at least, Pawn Stars does not lie about, although their customers' disappointment is most likely scripted. If you come in to buy, well, you may get a bargain, but there are some items you're better off avoiding.

Money Crashers also lists electronic devices as three out of its four items they recommend you never purchase from a pawn shop, but the fourth item on their list is something you may not have considered: vacuum cleaners. It seems vacuum pawning is really a thing, which makes sense if you consider just how pricey some of the higher-end ones can be. No matter how low the price on a pawn shop vacuum cleaner, however, it's really not the safest (or healthiest) of purchases. As one of the members of the Friends Don't Let Friends Pay Full forum remarked, "You'd never know what they tried to get up through that thing." Eww, now we're imagining all kinds of nasty stuff all up in that bag... yuck. 041b061a72


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