Have you seen this new tv show "Picked Off" on Wednesdays on the History Channel? Oh, lord. Every time a new show like this debuts, I get my hopes up, and every time they get it wrong. Why do I bother?
The premise of the show is that four teams of amateur pickers (or as the website calls them, "weekend pickers") are vying for a chance at $10,000. Doesn't sound bad yet, does it?
Well, the contestants IMHO don't seem all that savvy, but I'm gonna blame that on the premise/set up of the show (see below). What I AM gonna blame them for is dressing up in matchy-matchy outfits. WTH! There's always the hippie/boho team (as evidenced by the tie-dye dudes above), the unusual hat team, etc. Seriously, I'm waiting for the first all-female duo dressed in bridesmaid dresses.
Anyway, each team is given $100 and sent to the same place; in the first episode, it was an antique store and in the second it was an estate sale. Here's the rub: they have one hour to find ONE ITEM that will appraise the highest. Owie! In my estimation, that's just setting people like us up for failure! I can buy a boatload of stuff for $100 and turn it into a lot more, but a single item?!? Methinks that's just not the way amateur dealers shop....
After each round, one duo is "picked off" after fussy brothers Todd and Ethan Merrill ("famous" appraisers) evaluate and appraiser the purchases. In the first episode, the team that got kicked off made the rookiest of rookie mistakes in buying a Coca-Cola tray and they got BURNED and booted off the show.
For the second round, whatever their first item appraised for is how much money the team gets to spend. This time, they are given three choices of where to go (in both episodes it was some weird collector's barn/garage/house). Incredibly, they have 6-7 hours and can go to one or all of the choices. Again, however, they can only buy one item.
Here's where it gets interesting, though: on the first episode, one team buys two items at one location and then BRINGS THEM to the second location and presents one item as a "gift" to the seller, and then trades the other item and their remaining money for a better deal. Pretty smart, huh? Well, in the second episode, one team agrees to do manual labor for a seller in exchange for a deal. Seeing that, another team does the same thing.
In the final round, the remaining teams go "freestyling" (duh, wonder where they got that term?), which in this instance means they can go BACK to any of the previous locations (but not off the grid, apparently). And, they get cell phones and digital tablets. The winning team gets $10,000. Fair enough.
In MY version of the show, even though it would be a technological nightmare, I'd say the teams can go ANYWHERE and buy AS MUCH as they want. Ditch the fussy brothers, and see by what percentage a team can increase their investment. If I bought a big ole box of skeleton keys, I'd be RICH.
All I know is that I'd much rather see footage of Barbara rooting through a dusty basement for Christmas tchotchkes and feedsacks, Pam chasing down a piled-high pickup truck full of salvage-bound rusty-crusties, Gina bogarting floral china at yardsales, Tamarah knee-deep in hard rubbish ... well, you get the picture. Let's see a REAL junker show without the games and frivolity!