Note added 7/12/2016:
Greetings! This is the most popular post on my website. It’s had visitors from close to 100 different countries, so apparently “Pawn Stars” is a huge hit all over the world.
Unfortunately from my perspective, this also means big money for the people who own the show or who participate in creating it. A handful of conglomerates own nearly all of the news and entertainment media in America and their reach is worldwide. The links and embeds I’ve been using for this post keep becoming out-of-date, as the leviathan that owns “Pawn Stars” keeps gobbling up YouTube channels and independent blogs that expose it’s fakery. The longer the internet exists, the more controlled it becomes. Hence it’s harder for people like me to get the truth out.
Case in point: What I noticed very early on regarding “Pawn Stars” is that the show was using a strategy of setting up fake scenarios with other local Vegas merchants in order to create drama. One “customer” bought in a guitar to Gold and Silver Pawn and Rick Harrison, the star of the show, brought in a local expert, who owns a guitar shop in Vegas, to do the appraisal. It turned out that the “random guy” bringing in the guitar actually worked for the same guitar shop. It’s likely that the guitar shop actually owned the guitar all along, and the producers used the guitar shop employee to play the carnival shill by pretending to be the guitar’s owner, all in order to fool the public. Unfortunately the link to the article that explained these shenanigans goes to somewhere else now, so it looks like that particular piece of muckraking has vanished from cyberspace for the time being. Oh well.
In the example I detail below, a YouTuber caught the show red-handed pulling the same stunt in the infamous “fake coke machine” episode. As I describe in the text of my post, the YT video has since been 86-ed by the global copyright cartel, which is why it won’t play when you click on my embed. In this case Ron Dale, brother of Rick’s Restorations owner Rick Dale, played the shill by pretending to be a random owner of an old Coke machine. He brought the machine in to Gold and Silver Pawn to sell. Pawn Shop owner Rick Harrison purchased the machine and had the brilliant idea to bring it to Rick’s Restorations to have it restored. When the show originally aired, American Restoration didn’t exist as a show, so no one would have known that Ron Dale was Rick Dale’s brother and not the random customer he pretended to be. Rick’s Restorations supposedly restored the Coke machine to its former glory and we had the usual big reveal of the restored machine at the end of that particular Pawn Stars episode. This is where the second leg of the fraud reared it’s ugly head, with various bloggers pointing out that the “restored” machine had a completely different shape corresponding to an entirely different original model than the one supposedly brought in to be restored. The whole transaction, encompassing the supposed “sale” of the machine and it’s “restoration”, was a complete con on the show’s viewers.
To reiterate, a lot of this information was more readily available when I originally created this post. The corporate media cartel keeps trying to erase everything. I apologize if some of my links and embeds keep disappearing, but at least we’re still trying to keep the truth alive. As usual, thanks for watching. – Admin, 7/12/16
Et tu, Brute? Dave Hester, one of the stars of the popular reality show “Storage Wars” on A&E, is suing the producers of the show and claiming that the show is fake. According to Hester, the producers even go so far as to plant items in the storage lockers before the stars of the show begin bidding on them so as to add drama when these valuable nuggets are then “discovered” after the lockers are opened.
People are catching on to the fact that virtually all of these shows are fake. I came across a YouTube clip which uncovered something I myself had noticed while watching an old episode of “Pawn Stars”:
Well, well. I’ve just discovered that the people who own this show have forced this video down due to copyright violations. Here’s the deal – the brother of that Rick’s Restorations guy brings an old Coke machine into the pawn shop, claiming it was just lying around his family’s house, and Rick Harrison then decides to take it in to the very same Rick’s Restorations to have it restored. When this segment was filmed, Rick’s Restorations didn’t yet have its own show (“American Restoration”), so we wouldn’t have known that this guy pretending to have an old Coke machine just lying around is actually the Rick’s Restorations guy’s brother. But it gets worse – when they pick up the “restored” machine, it’s not even the same machine, but a different model. Bottom line – the whole episode, from the original fake “customer” who brought in the machine to the alleged phony “restoration” of said machine, was fake. The restored machine already existed. The original machine probably belonged to Rick’s Restorations already before the phony customer brought it in to the pawn shop.
Several other transactions on the show have also been revealed to be complete fakes. Often the producers hire local Las Vegas actors to come in to the shop pretending to be customers, with items they don’t own which have been procured by the producers themselves. You can read all about it here.
Why is this a big deal, you might ask? It’s only television, after all. I think it matters because these shows represent themselves as something real, and therein lies the con. A certain amount of staging I can understand, but when the items, transactions, and the customers themselves are all phony then I think we’ve passed into the realm of fraud. We’re supposed to believe that these are real people going about their real lives. In actuality, the lives they seem to inhabit are part of an elaborate set created by a cynical and manipulative entertainment industry using sophisticated market research to dupe a gullible public. In the 1950’s there was a big scandal because some TV quiz shows turned out to be rigged. Now, everything in the culture is rigged but we’re so accustomed to it that no one seems to care anymore.
Here’s a glimpse of what Rick Harrison’s Gold And Silver Pawn Shop was like before it became a cheesy reality show. No lottery tickets signed by George Washington, no antique muskets ready to be evaulated by an expert who’s got all day to come by the shop for an appraisal, no one-of-a-kind historical treasures, just a bunch of down-on-their-luck Vegas lowlifes at 4 a.m. desperate for cash and jonesing for their next gambling fix while trying to pawn their used VCR for ten bucks:
And now that the Harrisons are famous, their shop only barely qualifies as a pawn business anymore. At 4,000 visitors a day, it’s now just mostly a tourist trap selling branded merchandise to out-of-town morons who still think the show is real. If you want a “Chumlee” mug or T-shirt, then by all means go ahead and buy that airline ticket. Just don’t expect to pawn any of your one-of-a-kind merchandise after you’re done standing in line.
There is very little difference between these kinds of shows and stuff like “The Brady Bunch” or “Fantasy Island”. They’re fake, staged, and scripted. The only difference is that they pretend to be real. People don’t like it when you burst their bubbles, but that’s the way it is.