Now that I work in a pawn shop Boca Raton I always seem to notice when shows like “Pawn Stars” are on TV. There are actually two mainstream shows about pawn shops. One is Pawn Stars and the other is Hardcore Pawn. I like to watch Pawn Stars in my spare time. However, I don’t like how it represents what pawn shops are.
For example, since Pawn Stars is on the History Channel they only show people pawning historic items like swords from the 15th century. In the real world of pawn shop Boca Raton this kind of item is rarely pawned. The fact is most pawn shop employees are not qualified to determine the value of such items; which leads me to my next problem. There is no way Rick knows all of these “experts” that he calls in to evaluate rare artifacts. He may know a few people from being in the business for years but seems highly unlikely that he has an expert for every item that comes in.
I wish there was a show about a real life pawn shop Boca Raton. One where people come in with jewelry or TV’s or even typewriters from the 50’s. I think people would like a real insight into what the pawn business is all about.
One thing I do like about “Pawn Stars” is it displays pawn shops in a good light. A common misconception is that pawn shops are dirty, scary, and seedy places. While this may be the case for some, most are actually nice upscale places where you can buy or sell a wide array of items.
While shows like Pawn Stars and Hardcore Pawn are not a 100% accurate representation of pawn shops they have improved the public’s view of them. The pawn business seems to be at an all time high.
by, Seth at Boca Raton Pawn