The cast of “Pawn Stars” knows that pawning is a high-stakes business. People from all over will try to sell a pawn shop their items claiming that they’re worth large sums of money. People in the business have to be at their best when deciphering what’s fake and what purchases really will bring in high profits. But, even the best in the biz make mistakes sometimes. And the cool thing about the cast of “Pawn Stars” is that they don’t try to hide their mistakes. Just like they highlight their big wins, the cast also allows fans to see when they’ve made a mistake with a deal.
Just this season, Rick Harrison, the head of the “Pawn Stars” shop made a mistake when he purchased a set of Norman Rockwell Dolls. Rick spent $300 on the dolls despite his business partner’s (Austin “Chumlee” Russell) warnings against it. Rick ended up discovering that the dolls were only worth about $250. In the long run, a $50 mistake isn’t too bad, especially for a business as successful as the one featured on “Pawn Stars.” But Rick doesn’t like losing money, no matter how small the amount.
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Regardless, mistakes happen. And no one knows that better than Chumlee. During a recent interview, Chumlee was asked who in the shop makes the most mistakes when purchasing items. Chumlee didn’t even hesitate when he answered the question. He hilariously admitted that he has been duped the most out of all the employees at the shop.
“[It’s] definitely me for sure, especially before ‘Pawn Stars'” said Chumlee.
Chumlee added that, before the show started filming, he worked at the shop at night. During his time there, several people brought in what he thought were Rolex watches. He bought them all only to find out soon after that they were all dupes.
“I worked at the night window and I bought quite a few Rolexes,” said Chumlee. “It actually came to the point where if the Rolex hadn’t been in three times, or unless the customers are really good customers that we do business with, I either had to call Corey or Rick for permission at 1 or 2 in the morning or just pass on it.”
Hey, you live and you learn, right? Chumlee added that it may have taken him a while to learn. However, unlike his co-worker Corey Harrison (Rick’s son) Chumlee didn’t grow up with the business.
“So, a few of those and you learn quick, but it’s definitely me. Corey grew up doing it, so by the time I got there, he already had a lot of experience in it.”