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#1 jakemac

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Posted January 31, 2012 - 07:57 PM

Found this on the IMBD board posted by holbrookp :

http://www.poultryan...ckers-came.html

It's a blog by one of the family members of the owners of the property. Apparently, the episode was filmed in May 2011 and was quite a production, not the casual drop-in as the show would have viewers believe.

Not the first time I've seen talk of well planned 'spontaneous' visits. It's still a fun show though.

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Posted January 31, 2012 - 08:12 PM

I thought it was hilarious when Frankie's car didn't start up -

Too bad the guy didn't want his bus back, that would have been something to reunite the two. Oh, well, as he said, it was the start of his bad luck, whatever that was.

I'm glad they bought a lot at the family farm that needed the money - but he should have asked more for the halloween collectibles - those are really hot, all halloween is hot.

I liked the guy at the end - the older southern gentleman - he had some gooood stuff!

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Posted January 31, 2012 - 08:19 PM

Thanks for posting the article Jake - it was a good one. Pretty much as I expected - how the show gets put together. A real production! It's okay, I still watch the show and enjoy the picking part.

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Posted January 31, 2012 - 09:01 PM

Nice find Jake.
Saying goodbye to summer with beach parties (warning...boobs at end)
https://www.youtube....8UX7oKk=feature
K-Pop. blame my nieces. It's not bad for a dance song.
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Posted February 01, 2012 - 11:00 AM

Hey Jake: Thanks so much for sharing my post! Blue, OldGal, I'm glad you enjoyed reading. Hope I didn't burst anyone's balloon, just thought people would enjoy reading a behind-the-scenes story. Howie Gamber is getting plenty of Google hits! Suze

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Posted February 01, 2012 - 11:35 AM

No Suze, thank YOU for sharing your experience with US !

It's nice to see first hand accounts of how these shows are put together. Many that are out there are fake or have some kind of agenda. Yours was a nice behind the scenes story that didn't try to force an opinion one way or another. That is rare, and is appreciated.

Thank you.

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Posted February 01, 2012 - 12:06 PM

No problem Suze. I haven't taken the show at face value since the early part of Season 1. Besides, I enjoy the behind the scenes stuff. Your post just confirms alot of stuff.

Back on the History Boards we had a guy that had been picked on the show, Nobel. I wish I had saved his posts on the visit. He had lots of little nuggets of info. Some of it really came as a surprise. He said the experience was positive, for the most part.


Saying goodbye to summer with beach parties (warning...boobs at end)
https://www.youtube....8UX7oKk=feature
K-Pop. blame my nieces. It's not bad for a dance song.
http://www.youtube.c...SP8Vc3o=feature

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Posted February 01, 2012 - 01:24 PM

Suze, I forgot to say - welcome to the board, I hope you stay and continue to contribute. :)

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Posted February 01, 2012 - 06:17 PM

Well done Suze - and welcome to the Forum!

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Posted February 01, 2012 - 09:49 PM

Thanks guys -- I'm happy to be here! :=)

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Posted February 02, 2012 - 08:58 PM

Welcome suze!

I finally got around to reading your blog. Totally enjoyed it. You lifted the veil nicely and it was interesting to say the least. I liked the way Picker Mike warmed up to your dog. :c.7:
Okay, who put a "stop payment" on my reality check?

#12 suze

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Posted February 03, 2012 - 02:42 PM

Hey T.R., I'm glad you enjoyed it -- and I like your tagline!

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Posted February 03, 2012 - 09:22 PM

Sure did. So, got any more "inside" stuff to share? :shades:
Okay, who put a "stop payment" on my reality check?

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Posted February 03, 2012 - 11:47 PM

Thanks, Suze, it was great to read an insiders experience with the show.

To me the "real" things about the show are the finds, the experience with the people and places, and the fact that Mike, Frank, and Dannie always seem to be genuinely nice to the people they visit.

Usually, everyone seems to enjoy the experience...I can live with all the scripting and prep...but it does kinda blow Dannie's last minute call scenario, telling Mike and Frank that she found them a pick...heh heh heh.

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Posted February 04, 2012 - 12:45 AM

Suze, I really did enjoy your account. If you feel up to it, I have some questions. If you don't feel comfortable with answering any of them I'll understand. I don't want to get into money specifics...it's none of my business.

How big was the production crew?
About how much more did they buy than what they aired?
Did they leave with the items or have someone pick them up later?
Did you feel okay with what they paid?
Were the negotiations real? Coached?
Did the show pay an appearance fee?
Did they tell yall to not mention the show? Recognize them? Etc? No one ever recognizes them.
Did they tell yall they were going to portray it as a random stop?
How has being on the show changed how you and your family watch the show on television?




Saying goodbye to summer with beach parties (warning...boobs at end)
https://www.youtube....8UX7oKk=feature
K-Pop. blame my nieces. It's not bad for a dance song.
http://www.youtube.c...SP8Vc3o=feature

#16 suze

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Posted February 06, 2012 - 10:08 AM

Hey Blue, thanks for your questions. Sorry for the late response, I'm just seeing your post now. I'll run them past Mike so we can both recollect, and I'll let you know - Suze

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Posted February 08, 2012 - 05:51 AM

Here are the answers to your questions, Blue!

How big was the production crew? About 16 people

About how much more did they buy than what they aired?
They showed about half.The remaining half was small stuff, $10 or less.

Did they leave with the items or have someone pick them up later?
They left with them.

Did you feel okay with what they paid?
We felt okay until we saw what they got.

Were the negotiations real? Coached?
Real. There were a few items that Mike didn’t sell because they couldn’t agree on a price.

Did the show pay an appearance fee? No. We did get an unlocked DVD of the show that we could burn for unlimited copies.

Did they tell yall to not mention the show? Recognize them? Etc? No one ever recognizes them.
Mike said he was instructed to not mention that he knew about the show.

Did they tell yall they were going to portray it as a random stop?
They didn’t come out and say so but you could figure it out from the way they were shooting.

How has being on the show changed how you and your family watch the show on television?
Mike says participating in the show was like making sausage. “Once you see how it’s made, you’re not that interested in it anymore.”

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Posted February 08, 2012 - 08:55 AM

Good Morning Blue and Suze...Great questions and answers thanks for both.

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Posted February 08, 2012 - 12:30 PM

Thanks Suze.

That offers a lot of insight on what goes on at these picks. Also, it shows that they differ. For example, for Nobel they flew in and met the crew for the visit. then flew out.

It disappoints me that they didn't give some sort of appearance fee. Personally, I've always hoped that some of the low balling they do was made up for by some sort of an appearance fee...especially since they seem to be paying less for items now.

The thing with recognizing them has always made me chuckle a bit. No one ever mentions knowing who they are or having seen the show...odd given that so many (if not all) of the picks are arranged. The only one that comes to mind where they are recognized was Hippie Tom's pick where he was obviously star struck and kept referencing being a fan and having seen how it works on the show. I'm glad you confirmed that for me.

Again, thanks for taking the time to answer those for me.


Saying goodbye to summer with beach parties (warning...boobs at end)
https://www.youtube....8UX7oKk=feature
K-Pop. blame my nieces. It's not bad for a dance song.
http://www.youtube.c...SP8Vc3o=feature

#20 suze

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Posted February 08, 2012 - 02:34 PM

You're welcome Blue! Your questions prompted me to watch the show again, as the first time around was a bit of a blur. :=)





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