that gun was an incredible and rare coach-gun and was valued slightly higher than the guitar.
To anyone saying he got ripped off for the gun trade, you gotta see it from a retail standpoint, which nobody on this forum does. If you are thinking from a standpoint where the trade would be from person to person, yes he got ripped off, but it was traded to a business where in reality, you're gonna only get half of what it's gonna sell for retail. If it didn't work like that, there would be no businesses to buy from. Get real people. If you want more than half for your items your gonna have to try CL or ebay. Which is what the sellers at those pawnshops should have been doing in the first place. Unless they wanted a loan.
Sure he got ripped of money wise. He could have gotten a lot for that gun. I'm not much of a gun guy, but I've never seen one like that. I'm sure it is a very rare item. Having said that, he had the gun that was just laying around and now he has a pretty sweet guitar that he can use everyday. Not the route I would have gone, but in his mind I'm sure he thinks he made out with very little time and effort invested.
A pawn shop sold me a busted car amp giving me a deal but with the proviso that I couldn't bring it back. When I opened it up at home there were parts missing and blown output transformers. I wanted to throw it through his window. I was so mad. Anyway it was a lesson learned.
The show I really hate is that American Pickers, they seem to prey on the elderly alot from mid-america who may not be internet or cable tv savvy. They act all friendly, then lick their chops, giggle and rub their hands as they drive away with the loot-only to sell it for a big profit-it is really pathetic. They would get a nice door slam if they drove up to my house.
Unless you have a loved one in dire need of a kidney transplant, heart surgery etc.....pawn shops should be avoided at all costs. They are in the business of buying some sucker's junk for dirt cheap and trying to make a fortune on it off of some other sucker buying it. Not creating happiness. Pure and simple. I don't feel sorry for anyone bringing a prized or valuable possesion into a pawn shop and getting ripped off.
I kind of get the feeling that a lot of that stuff is staged, like the guy who sold a genuine aluminum Shelby Cobra Roadster body he got for nothing for a song. Unless you live in a cave and being in Vegas where they routinely have those exotic car auctions you would have to know a real Shelby authenticated body was worth a hell of a lot of money and more than those two shysters gave him for it and not at least ask around maybe a little???As I recall they gave him $30K for a rolling Cobra chasis. What they didn't say was that while it was a CSX numbered chasis, I really doubt it was an original '60s Cobra. It was almost certainly one of the continuation "kit" models that Shelby started selling to the kit car crowd a number of years ago. Don't know if Shelby's business is still there, but they were located just out of Vegas near the speedway when I visited ten years or so ago and I seem to recall the retail on those kits at the time as being $40-60K depending on model and whether you went with an aluminum or fiberglass body...