One of the most successful TV shows right now is American Pickers. It has been on the air for almost 10 years and helped the History Channel receive some of its highest ratings. The show basically focuses on two guys, going around the country picking antiques. They go through attics, basements, garages, and even storage sheds to find anything from that past.
The show follows Mike and Frank as they travel throughout the country, buying antiques from people’s private collections. What’s so fun about watching the show is that you never know what treasures you might find. The show is full of peculiarities, but I’m not only referring to the artifacts. The show also has its secrets you never knew about the cast and crew of this hugely successful series. Have you ever wondered what really goes on behind the scenes? Here’s the truth about American Pickers.
They Don’t Always Play Fair
Mike and Frank, the show’s main guys, seem like fair businessmen. They never really want to seem like they’re giving someone a bad deal or taking advantage of their naiveté.
But things aren’t always what they seem, right? Apparently, it’s typical for the crew to agree on a price with the guest, and Mike and Frank start to haggle them down once the cameras start rolling. But that’s made for TV drama, I guess.
The producers are really the Pickers: It looks like Mike and Frank are running the whole operation, but in reality, the producers are the ones who scout out locations and negotiate deals.
People who have worked with American Pickers claimed that the producers actually work out prices with the guests ahead of time. They agree on a price and then tell the seller to ask for more money so they can capture all the negotiations (the interesting part) on camera.