|Mon June 21 2010 09:42:34|
Reality TV Shows for eBay Sellers and Collectors
By: Ina Steiner
The History Channel has two shows that appeal to collectors and dealers, and they are not without controversy. You might say the programs are Version 2.0 of the old school reality shows like Antiques Roadshow, Flea Market Finds with the Kovels, and Cash in the Attic.
American Pickers follows Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz "as they scour the country for hidden gems in junkyards, basements, garages and barns, meeting quirky characters and hearing their amazing stories. If you think the antique business is all about upscale boutiques and buttoned-up dealers, this show may change your mind - and teach you a thing or two about American history along the way."
Barbara Crews on About.com wrote that the most common complaints about the show after only three episodes had aired was whether the guys took advantage of the elderly.
Antique Trader had a discussion going, "Do you think the show American Pickers helps or hurts the antiques business?"
The History Channel also has another show of interest to eBay sellers, collectors and dealers called Pawn Stars.
"At the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on the outskirts of Las Vegas, three generations of the Harrison family - grandfather Richard, son Rick and grandson Corey--jointly run the family business, and there's clashing and camaraderie every step of the way. The three men use their sharp eyes and skills to assess the value of items from the commonplace to the truly historic, including a 16th-century samurai sword, a Super Bowl ring, a Picasso painting and a 17th-century stay of execution. It's up to them to determine what's real and what's fake, as they reveal the often surprising answer to the questions on everyone's mind, "What's the story behind it"? and "What's it worth?"
(For an interesting sneak behind the scenes, TVGuide.com ran an interview with the shop owners yesterday.)
Maybe the History Channel should consider a reality show featuring longtime eBay sellers and the challenges they face. I can think of a number of characters that would make for great television entertainment. Now that's something I would tune in to!