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Rick Harrison – Buy Gold Or Field Work?

Pawn Stars

Pawn Stars takes Rick Harrison out into the field more, making the show more interesting by not spending the majority of the time in the shop.

Watching a pawn shop show has just so long to be a series. This holds true for any cable or network series; the lifespan is finite. Making the material interesting enough to draw a large viewing audience is something that producers probably lose sleep over at some point.

Even so, the current task at hand will involve understanding what the viewing public want to see. Are they interested in drama, action, mysteries, comedy, and so on? The answer is what will drive the motivation to create something bold enough and cutting-edge to hit those elusive top numbers.

An example here is the Pawn Stars series on the History Channel, their content cannot be about clients constantly coming in to pawn gold, pawn jewelry, sell a watch, etc. No, they have to really beef up the antics or drama; make it interesting for the viewership. Industry trends have been for many, many years to include some form of conflict with humor and at least one person being clueless about most everything.

It appears that the executives over Pawn Stars is seeing the need to get the show out of the famous pawn shop and into the field more. This means that, to some extent, the items being sold to the shop will be bigger, stranger, and more challenging to make a profit from after committing to a purchase. All of this can really create a whole new appeal for those used to seeing words flying, pranks being played on Chumlee, or hearing the boss (Dad) make off-handed remarks ensuring that everyone remembers who is boss.

I say if they find that appeal factor to draw in larger numbers and a different demographic, absolutely fantastic! Why, you may ask? This is what creativity in reality shows is all about, connecting with those who pay the bills and look for entertaining television. Okay, Pawn Stars, go for it and all the best!

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Financial Industry Woes Are Pawn Broker’s Gold

Nation-wide success of pawn shops is not a coincidence or a fluke. There are several contributing factors that have made the past five years the most profitable for this misunderstood industry. When people in very high and influential places were making decisions in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s regarding the financial industry, little did they know just how detrimental it would be on a global scale. Likewise, little did they know how much it would influence the growth of the pawn brokering business.

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Finding that pawn shops were truly a great option, millions of people have enjoyed the great deals due to the economy the past several years.

It did not take long for individuals to recognize the potential for being able to get great deals, and also to come across some much needed cash. The business of a pawn shop is set up to handle the onslaught of used personal property being sold to them in droves. Some examples include those who did pawn gold, sell jewelry, and even luxury items.

In the process, what actually surprised those who had not even considered the effects of a down economy on pawn shops was the explosion of interest in not only selling, but buying from these entrepreneurs.

Having such tremendous opportunity and outstanding inventories of products from simple electronics up to luxury boats, pawn brokers saw an opportunity to provide a wonderful retail experience to customers. With no snags to speak of industry-wide, pawn businesses grew substantially in assets and cash flow. During this period, the cable industry tapped into some of this success by springing up a couple of reality shows – Pawn Stars and Cajun Pawn Stars.

Overall, the owners of these successful pawn brokers have been able to provide financial services to customers when other companies in the private sector were unable to due to issues in the banking industry. The next time you may think that a pawn shop is not a good option for retail shopping, think again. They have accumulated tremendous inventories over the years with great deals attached just waiting for you, the next customer, to cash in on their good fortune.

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Cajun Pawn Stars Could Be New Hit

Now, there is a point at which something original does not need a sequal or spin-off. Case in point, the hit reality show, Pawn Stars, is indeed a hit. The amount of attention Corey, Chumlee, and the crew receive has grown substantially since its debut. Being in its fourth season, there appears to be more of the same and less of Corey; he lost 115 pounds. At any rate, the whole notion that another pawn reality TV show is necessary or will be popular is a stretch at best. Move the concept to a part of the country where community spirit about being Cajun is strong and proud, then kick it a few times in the teeth and you get the Cajun Pawn Stars.

I say “…kick it in the teeth…” because the folks have apparently not entirely welcomed this show to their neighborhood, and yet, they are going to get this nation-wide coverage anyway, like it or not. Some comments on the Internet are not even close to being favorable. It makes you wonder what the producers, creators, and so on, were thinking and who they did not bother to speak with to get a feel for the cultural response to their idea. Of course, all of this is opinion that opposes the new series.

On a lighter side, the show is promoting a little twist to shake up the usual pawning aspect of the show. For example, instead of seeing a lot of people sell gold, jewelry, or their fancy watches, you are likely to see a bovine beast traipse across the floor or a donkey grace the television set. Yes, this will be entertaining to some. Let’s agree to give this series a chance and see just how much it makes you laugh and smile. Who knows? It could be a huge hit and become a pleasant surprise.

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