Pawn Stars: Spotting bootleg valuables [VIDEO]


Looking to make some cash the old fashioned way (selling your valuables to reality TV stars)? This Sunday the crew from Pawn Stars, the hit History Channel show, will be at Treasure Island Casino looking for people who want to sell their most worldly possessions.

Not only will Rick, Corey, and Chumlee be laying down cash money for your prized possessions, but anyone who sells an item will get $5 in slot play for every $50 cash they receive for their item. This is not a game, people.

With so much potential fortune (and slot play) on the line, you may be thinking to yourself, "I bet I could sell some fake valuables and be set for life!" Not so fast. The Pawn Stars boys aren't playing that game. So before you start trying to get your scam on, check out these three clips about how to spot bootleg shit thanks to the stars of the show. [jump]

Fake Diamonds

Ever been through a pawn shop and seen a diamond ring for sale for just $50? Neither have these guys. Not even the most desperate crackhead* is going to give up a legit diamond for $50, only to have the shop turn around and sell it for $2,000. Still, diamonds may be something that people think they can get away with faking, which is why it's important to be able to spot them before you end up in a marriage proposal gone wrong.

(*Crackheads, no. Desperate slot machine enthusiasts however...)

Fake Rolex

What's that? The Rolex you bought off a guy on the light rail might be fake? Sadly, yes. A decent Rolex watch will typically cost you a couple grand, so a dude trying to sell you one outside of Cub Foods for $100 probably isn't legit, Don't get burned.

Fake $100 Bill

All of these tips are great if you're the seller, but what if you're the buyer? In this clip, the crew helps you spot a fake hundred by paying special attention to the texture and holograms on the bill. Another excellent tip is if it has a picture of Bronson Pinchot from Perfect Strangers instead of Benjamin Franklin, it's probably fake. But you may want to buy that up anyway, because a $100 bill with Bronson Pinchot's face on it would be awesome.

You're ready. Good luck, and get to pawning.

If you go...

February 20

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Treasure Island Resort & Casino

$25 admission

More details here