Readers’ Letters: Profit margins lowered on ‘American Pickers’

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Thank you for the thoughtful Antique Trader article about the American Pickers controversy. I, too, was disturbed at what I perceived to be opportunistic behavior at the expense of the elderly or unsuspecting.

I have noticed that in recent episodes the “paid” versus “valued at” ratios have changed drastically compared to earlier episodes. They are also inaccurate (“dumbed down”), with the advantage going to the pickers. I guess the producers of the show figured that, if the pickers only made a 100 percent profit, versus a 400 percent profit, the viewers would not be as outraged.

Sincerely,
Brigid Palmer, picker
Bowdoinham, Maine

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‘Pickers’ should run forever

American Pickers is one of the greatest shows that has ever been on TV. I can’t believe how anybody has problems with the show. They obviously have no concept of adventure and treasure hunting. Finding something that you thought did not exist, but still wanted to look for it – and finding it. Wow!

It is hard to believe the stuff that people on the show have in their buildings and barns. What fantastic collections! What fantastic piles of stuff to look at and to look through and to try to get the people to sell! These guys offer fantastic prices at times that I would never have the guts to offer – let alone have the cash to pay out immediately. These guys are risk-takers and deserve to find a treasure now and then for a great price. I hope this program runs forever.

Bert Fridlin
Troy, Alabama

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