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Unread 28th May 2012, 03:21 AM   #1
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My friend just told me that the store where the TV series "Pawn Stars" is filmed is not an actual pawn store. He walked in and all it was was a souvenir shop.

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He got it wrong, tell him to try a PORN store next time, better result!

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Your friend is 100% wrong.

I've lived in Las Vegas on and off since 1987. I drove a cab there for many years. I've personally taken people to that pawn shop many times.

It's possible that some of the items are staged, but that's a real pawn shop. I have a feeling he went to the wrong place.

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I think it IS staged, but it would be dumb if it weren't a real pawn shop. The reason I feel it is staged, beyond the fact that it always seems to run so smoothly, etc... is that they ask people before and after going into the shop. Why would a REAL person reveal such things. A pawn shop is almost like an auction. You try to put the item in its best light, and fight for the highest price. Based on what I have heard, pawn shops try to determine what they can sell the item for, and pay you 30% of that.

And won't such interviews, or the fact that it is televised, kind of scare away some people?

Still, it advertises the pawn shop, they probably get income from that, and some may go there BECAUSE it is so famous.

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People still need money, and even though they may know pawn store money is discounted, it's fast. That fast turnaround will keep people going there.

Why would it be fake? You just ask people if they'd like to take part in filming before they go inside.

Then there's the editing process. What you see in a reality TV show is not what happened. It's an approximation of what happened. And maybe they re-shoot a scene for clarity. Even something like Survivorman could be called "fake", because 7 days is condensed into under an hour. We simply cannot see everything or else it would take forever.

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Spot on about the editing. I had a VERY small hand in the creation of the show (about 1/10 of 1%!) and it is not fake. Of course, the film/footage ratio is about 25-1, which is pretty standard for that type of show.

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Shows like Survivor,the orginal "reality" show is still going strong ( though the last season was absolutely the worst imo) even though by now we know what we see is edited to slant our viewpoint.

People want pablum, and the industry is feeding it to then.

While I find the show obnoxious, I would say the show Hardcore Pawn is much closer to what a real pawn shop is like.

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I'm fairly confident it's a real pawn shop. Now if the scenarios that are presented to us are real or not is a completely different question that needs to be answered.

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I think all reality shows are fake or at least directed the way the producers want. My personal experience is when my niece's wedding was shown on TLC and everything she and her future husband demonstrated were so out of line. I was not there myself but she told me every line they spoke was written for them. So it was more like a movie making than impromptu acting. I used to love Hardcore Pawn and I thought all those "crazy" customers were real off the street till I saw an electronic monitor tied to the back of a "rude" woman who was being carried off by the so called security. So it was all a set up.
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I think all reality shows are fake or at least directed the way the producers want. My personal experience is when my niece's wedding was shown on TLC and everything she and her future husband demonstrated were so out of line. I was not there myself but she told me every line they spoke was written for them. So it was more like a movie making than impromptu acting. I used to love Hardcore Pawn and I thought all those "crazy" customers were real off the street till I saw an electronic monitor tied to the back of a "rude" woman who was being carried off by the so called security. So it was all a set up.
So, I have to ask, why were they doing it?

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What?!!!!! A TV show Not real?!!!! What's this world coming to?

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I can give you 15% of that show being faked. I can't go any higher.
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"Reality" shows like Pawn Stars are largely staged and they even do several takes of seemingly genuine conversations. My brother in law just landed a reality show which will be airing on the Travel Channel called Toy Hunters. He and his partner have been in the toy collecting and selling business for years and do know their stuff, but they know what will happen and even rehearse scenes before shooting. He's shooting the first 6 episodes right now.

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Awesome Mike! Congrats to him.

The problem with shows like this is once they get an audience like Pawn Stars did followed by American Pickers,everyone thinks what THEY have is gold,.
I hope their show is a success.

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Pawn Stars is as real as Operation Repo!
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It's a funny show. I am now keeping all my old stuff.

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So based on real stories; but reenacted?
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I've noticed that the "experts" seem to have a lot of time to research the items in some cases. If you watch carefully you'll notice little things that reveal they had the time to research and analyze the item before giving their thoughts.

One that comes to mind is a saddle that was brought in and the expert mentioned she "watched the movie again" that the original saddle was in. Yet it was edited to look like she was making an analyzation on the spot (like they always edit it to).

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Actually it was a real pawn-shop - but from what I've heard, and seen on youtube, it started getting way over crowded with people that just wanted to visit the stars of the show. Now I think they just open it up for real "pawning" long enough to film episodes. The rest of the time the store is a tourist trap, filled mainly with Pawn Stars T-Shirts.

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Actually it was a real pawn-shop - but from what I've heard, and seen on youtube, it started getting way over crowded with people that just wanted to visit the stars of the show. Now I think they just open it up for real "pawning" long enough to film episodes. The rest of the time the store is a tourist trap, filled mainly with Pawn Stars T-Shirts.
That would explain what my friend found....

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Like all "Reality" shows they have a core element which makes them targets for TV production. The way the system works after is through “staged reality” when the producers meddle in the affairs to create “good TV”.
If you watch the back grounds you can see scenes appear before or after the event. They crew simply go back to film a segment after and in post-production place it in the narrative to tell a story.
It’s a genre which is thin on content as people’s lives are not that compelling day in day out.
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This show is pretty much fake it might once have been a real pawn shop once upon a time but all it is now is a tv studio and tourist trap I now it's hard to hear but I'm pretty sure all the show is fake I've been checking online and the pictures and the people who have been there have all seen it's pretty much a tourist trap and some of them have been rite next to people when a women comes up to the person next to them and asks if they want to be on a show they watched the lady give the person a item to sell and a story behind for the person to reherse and then they push everyone out exept for that person then after the fake transaction they walk out the door come back in and give the money back PEOPLE IT'S PRETTY MUCH FILMED ON A TV SET.
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For the most part, it's fake. A friend of mine visited Vegas and when he went there, he was asked if he wanted to be on the show. So History Channel supplied him with an item and told him what to ask for it, what to sell it at, and the history behind it. They're just entertaining us.

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It's not completely fake, but probably most of it is staged. Like for example, a customer would come in with something they wanted to sell, they would talk about it off-camera, the customer would sign release forms etc, and then the customer would go back outside and they would film them coming in to the store as if they had never been there before, and so on.

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Just my half-penny-worth.

When producing situation TV, it is always cheaper to find a 'real' shop/store than to make one. It would be crazy to spend a lot of money making a Pawn Shop when there are thousands of them that would willingly accpet payment for using their premises. Of course, the name outside is usually changed, but inside is genuine.
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I get a kick out of threads like this. Tons of criticism of reality shows while their ratings are through the roof. The entertainment industry is a business. They provide what will earn them the most in revenue just like most of you provide content, ebooks and services that will provide you with the most revenue.

There are hundreds of channels available with something to appeal to just about everyone. Unless a show says that they are a documentary, assume that they are manipulating things to some degree in order to make the show more interesting.
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You guys kill me. There is no such thing as REAL TV. That's why it's TV.
Everything is staged, scripted, whatever. Even the news is scripted.

Can you imagine REALLY doing something without a script on TV? Do you have
any idea how BAD it would be? Hell, some scripted shows (sitcoms, dramas) are
bad.

Every reality show is manipulated in some way, either through writing, editing or
whatever. Uncut, uncensored and unedited stuff would be SO bad that nobody
would watch it for long, if at all.

I've never seen the show but I'm sure it's no worse than any of the other "reality"
TV that we take as "real life."

Yeah, you guys kill me.

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You guys kill me. There is no such thing as REAL TV. That's why it's TV.
Everything is staged, scripted, whatever. Even the news is scripted.

Can you imagine REALLY doing something without a script on TV? Do you have
any idea how BAD it would be? Hell, some scripted shows (sitcoms, dramas) are
bad.

Every reality show is manipulated in some way, either through writing, editing or
whatever. Uncut, uncensored and unedited stuff would be SO bad that nobody
would watch it for long, if at all.

I've never seen the show but I'm sure it's no worse than any of the other "reality"
TV that we take as "real life."

Yeah, you guys kill me.
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