American Pickers 9 Seasons 2011

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Season 2
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(273) IMDb 5.7/10
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19. Trading Up TV-14 CC

Mike and Frank head to Ohio and decide to make the trip a little more interesting by bringing along a cup dispenser from an old train station to trade with their clients, hoping to make some cash. They meet Will, the son of an auctioneer who has inherited a house packed with his dad's collection and is coming to terms with letting the stuff go.

Starring:
Danielle Colby-Cushman, Frank Fritz
Runtime:
44 minutes
Original air date:
January 24, 2011

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Season 2
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Product Details

Genres Reality TV, Documentary
Director Keshia Coe
Starring Danielle Colby-Cushman, Frank Fritz
Supporting actors Mike Wolfe
Season year 2011
Network A&E Television Networks
Producers Mary Swanhaus
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Customer Reviews

The guys make me laugh so much!!
Vicky Douglas
Learn so much from this show, about people, human behavior, and history from this show.
Carolyn McElrath
I love old antiques and love watching this show.
Mary

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
With the History Channel expanding its reality television roster with programs with only a dubious relationship with actual history (Top Shot, Pawn Stars, Larry the Cable Guy), "American Pickers" fits comfortably into this new niche. The premise, for anyone unfamiliar with the show, is that two "pickers" (Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz) travel the country trying to unearth hidden treasures from the various people they meet along the way. Some of the items may have historical significance--that's the angle the History Channel uses to tie the show into its lineup. In truth, the show has similar appeal to the classic "Antique Roadshow" mixed with the treasure hunting gamble of "Storage Wars" with a dash of "Hoarders" thrown in for good measure. It's always intriguing to see what long forgotten gems might be lurking in someone's garage or junkyard. Along the way, the boys chat up the locals and experience a different kind of Americana.

Critics of the show might be disappointed by the opportunistic nature of our friendly treasure hunters. The boys are on the prowl to make money. So instead of the owners of the arcane memorabilia reaping the wealth, the boys try to purchase it for the lowest amount possible to resell at a great profit. Here's where the show differs from the more owner friendly "Roadshow." It's a fair point that the cynic in me agrees with but, if you think about it, most of the stuff would just rot away undiscovered without the "pickers" participation. So in that way, everyone is a winner. Also, it's a risk/reward system and there is a fair amount of gamble in the proposition of buying stuff without authentication--not everything can be a winner! The show is surprisingly entertaining and some of the finds are spectacular indeed.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. Barbre on November 3, 2011
Format: DVD
Just be warned. A great show to watch. But this is not season 2. Just 8 episodes from season 2. Seems they are milking this season for everything they can. Out side of this 8 show compilation. They have released other episodes on dvd as well. Like the civil war episode. 1 show on that dvd. So very sad.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Rich on October 25, 2011
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Not sure why but this is not the entire Season 2 - it's only a handful of eps from the whole season - so, if you want the whole season don't buy this - and let the History Channel know you're pi$$ed.

I've tried to find out why it was released in this way through History Channel on Facebook and they proved they didn't even read my question by just directing me to thier website. An e-mail to them through their website went unanswered. My question was simply why it was released like this and if a complete Season 2 would (ever) be available. Guess it's a secret and they don't want my money.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Walsh on November 18, 2011
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Don't be fooled into buying this thinking it is the complete season 2, because it is far from the complete season. The History Channel use to be a great company. But that has changed with this sad attempt, a marketing ploy designed to trick loyal fans. Instead the History Channel needs to apologize for their flim-flam and do the right thing by selling the complete season. Ploy, trickery, flim-flam, and fool are now the words used to describe the History Channel. Sad, very sad. Don't reward them for bad marketing, for bad behavior.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Manda on December 20, 2011
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They are ok episodes, and they are the first 8:

One Pony Town
Psychic Pickings
Easy Riders
Getting the Boot
Smooth Operators
Gordon's Gold Mine
Buddy's Booby Trap
Art of the Deal

American Pickers is entertaining, but not $2.00 an episode entertaining. (I mean these were paid for when they aired by advertising, and now it's just icing on the cake income, and you want $2.00 an episode!!)
I rented the first season, and thought "That was cool, I'll buy the 2nd", and then I get ripped off. (I mean at least the season 1 DVD was 12 episodes and a complete season).

Volume 2 (very clever "Volume" instead of "Season")
So clever that I won't be buying any more seasons, I mean "volumes".

The show is good, but whoever was in charge of "bundling" this product for retail sale, and decided to not only put 8 out of the 26 episodes, but try to charge $16 for it as well, needs to be fired! I hope you enjoyed my $16, it's the last of my money you will be seeing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joe Michael on October 20, 2011
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I love the show BUT am very disappointed why they only packaged 8 episodes. Last season they had every episode. Not right but I'm the dope for being taken in and not reading carefully. Buyer Beware!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn McElrath on January 5, 2014
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Knowledge and skill at bargaining show in every episode of this show. And Mike and Frank work very well as partners. Each guy has his own set of skills and preferences. Learn so much from this show, about people, human behavior, and history from this show. I admire Danielle, for her stamina and steadfastness, in working with two guys who are mostly away from the shop. The guys have good reason, seems to me, to have such trust in this nice lady.

I love when they go to different parts of the country and find so many different things, and the way some information about history of objects is shown to us viewers. Great show.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CatFarm on September 14, 2013
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I am involved in the antiques field, so is how it works. I find it interesting that the guys buy such low ticket items and then resell for such piddly margins. For example, they buy an advertising sign for $45 and resell for $65. And, have you noticed that there is very little "sold," but rather the boys put their own "value" on the items. All the gas, hotels, meals and etcs. of such a road trip would not begin to average out unless they filled the fancy Sprinter from top to bottom with other merchandise. However, they continually pass by items that could actually make them some money for a small amount of goods. Obviously, this is a "made for tv show," that has little basis in reality... kind of like Antiques Roadshow. Nice to watch for the amazing people they meet, but no way an insight into the antiques world.
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