My Review of Hardcore Pawn

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July 18, 2011

You ever see Hardcore Pawn? If you haven’t, and consider yourself lucky, then imagine the shop from Pawn Stars dropped in the middle of the worst part of Detroit and specializing in buying Xboxes from crackheads and you’ve got the idea.

The usual customer is unemployed and is pawning her kid’s DVD player for $10. And I when I say “unemployed” I do not mean “without a job,” I mean “unemployable.” Lots of missing teeth, fat but with belly shirts, drunk, stoned, cannot put two intelligent words together, you get the idea. It is Detroit.

It is a very classy show.

One man calling himself Grizzly Bear stood around and growled at the staff. He had a tatoo of a bear taking a dump and wiping his ass with a rabbit across his chest.

The shop is run by the Gold family. Seriously, a family named Gold running a pawn shop. That should be enough to tell you what’s coming up. There are three members of the family working in the shop.

Les Gold

If guys running pawn shops didn’t already have a bad name he would give it to them. He wears a v-neck sweater and a jeweler’s loupe around his neck on a thick gold chain. His whole gimmick is that “we are here to help people.” Bullshit.

I understand that this is a business and he is here to make money. Gotcha. But he isn’t fair. For example, a guy came in with a pedal car he paid $25 bucks for and was asking for a few thousand. That was ridiculous. But so was Les’ offer: $50. They went back and forth and countered and counter-countered and the guy went down to $100 and Les hardlined him at $85. That was the eventual selling price. So what was so unfair? Les took the thing to the back and told the camera that “with a little cleaning” he could get $4,000 for it. FOUR THOUSAND. And he nickel-and-dimed the guy down from $100 to $85. Good business? I guess, but don’t tell me you are there to help people. This guy is a sleaze. He will buy someone’s ring so the customer can make his rent and in the same breath try to sell him something else. Time after time he argues someone down to the cheapest possible price, only to brag about how much he could make on the item, typically a profit of well over 500%.

His father used to run a smaller shop in an even worse part of Detroit. BTW- most shots they show of the city are empty of people. That is a total FAIL city. If you are reading this in Detroit I can only assume you are on your way out. Best of luck.

So in one show he took his family to see the old shop where he worked with his father. Les talked about all the good times he had, all the warm memories the place held. But all the warm memories were about the time a gunman broke into the store and killed someone. He took them to the abandoned building and pointed out, with great care, “this is where I hid from the gunman,” “This is where the body lay,” “that is where the bullet hit the cop.” And those were his warm and fuzzy memories.


Seth Gold 

Can you see the arrogance?

Seth is a prick with a stick up his ass. He is an uptight jerk.

His biggest problem is that he thinks he knows everything and he thinks he is always right. He thinks he is better than his father and much better than his sister. Years back, his sister Ashley managed the pawn shop but she left to have kids. When she came back, Seth had moved up and he resents her. He is always fighting with her, yelling at her, and running to his daddy to complain about her. As far as dealing with customers he is as cheap as his father but quicker to antagonize them. He gets easily annoyed, tries to be snarky to the customers, they get angry, and he smirks as security takes them outside.

A guy came into the shop to sell his paint guns. They really didn’t want them but told the guy they had to try them out so the gang went out into the parking lot with the guy’s guns and had a paintball fight, using all the guy’s paint pellets and wasting about an hour of his time. When it was over, Seth offered the guy $5. That isn’t a typo, five dollars. Not only did the guy turn it down, he complained, and very rightly so, that all the ammo they used was worth a lot more than that. He left with a net loss.


Ashley Gold Broad
“Broad” is her married name, not commentary.

Her brother hates her. Her employees are afraid of her. For some reason I like her. I even went out of my way to use an attractive picture of her. She speaks her mind and she is outspoken but upfront and you always know where you stand with her. That said, she is as cheap as the rest of the family and toes the whole “we are here to help you” line. She is in a pretty bad position. It is hard enough dealing with the low-class entities that go to her shop, but she also has to put up with her family’s nonsense. She knows what she is doing, those guys should shut up.

Their customers don’t always have their heads screwed on right. They are always yelling for no reason, cutting lines and starting fights. Have I mentioned that this is in the worst part of Detroit? But the family does themselves no favors by constantly losing things. It seems like in every other episode someone’s items are misplaced or lost, and the Gold’s try to turn their error around on the customers. Somehow it their fault that their property is missing from the stockroom.

The show really just leaves a bad taste in your mouth. They rip off people who have nowhere else to turn. I am trying not to compare this to Pawn Stars but at least the offers are fair on that show. And on Pawn Stars you rarely see transactions for $5 dentures.

I guess the best way to sum it up is to say that on TruTV, a network that shows Operation Repo and Parking Wars, this one has sunk to the bottom of the barrel.

If you’d like more pawn show badness, click here for my review of Pawn Queens.

For even worse shenanigans, check out my review of American Pickers.

101 Responses to “My Review of Hardcore Pawn”

  1. JRD Skinner July 18, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    You do a real service for the blind with these reviews – for example, I’d be a huge burden on their healthcare infrastructure if I were to gouge out my eyes after having watched this show, but, now that I’ve read your review, I certainly know not to.

    Mr Blog? More like Dr Blog!


    • bmj2k July 18, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

      In Wednesday’s blog I become Mr. Blog, Attorney-at-law. I’d hate to have to sue myself for malpractice.


    • mike shupp July 28, 2013 at 12:27 am #

      I hate the daughter. It’s not in a good way where I want to see the show. She is an asshole. Take her off. PLEASE !!! I’d love to watch, then.


  2. retrojim July 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    I can’t watch that show. I’ve been to Detroit a handful of times in my life, and have never enjoyed the experience. Which is a shame.

    I wonder if a cities economy, and overall health, can be measured by the size of its pawnshops?


    • bmj2k July 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

      I think you can, absolutely. I’m sure the better the economy, the worse the pawn biz, and vice versa.

      I remember when Johnny Damon was traded to the Tigers and he told the press that he always wanted to live in Detroit. Even the reporters laughed at him.


      • DAS July 28, 2013 at 12:29 am #

        Why is his sister such a piece of whore shit ? I can’t watch her anymore. There are other ways to go with the drams thing


    • M anthony July 28, 2013 at 12:22 am #

      The daughter ruins the establishment, & makes the show unwatchable.


  3. Susie September 21, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    I’m a nice person but, this Ashley is the biggest BITCH I have ever seen.. She needs to get a life and stay out of Seths business.. Sorry Ashley but u are a big bitch.!!


    • bmj2k September 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

      But at least you know where you stand with her.


  4. KATT November 8, 2011 at 9:58 pm #



    • SporkerFaux December 6, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

      ur totaly right, shes a tight ass, always putting her face in buisness were it dont belong. and bragging about how good she is.
      How she will destroy her brother, wtf is that thats no family love


  5. ray January 14, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    this show stinks that family is bunch of cheap asses….pawn stars now that is a fair family…..hardcore pawn what a joke they dont give them people shit if they ask for 500 for something that is worth may be 800 good ole les or his fag son or fat ass sis will offer about maybe 60 bucks yup 60 bucks…….the show is boring also picture this week after week guy or girl comes in store gets loud starts cursing security come over puts them out yup that simple…..


    • Chris April 22, 2012 at 1:30 am #

      Yeah thats right!!


  6. nick February 7, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    Couldn’t of said it better myself.


  7. Anna February 21, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    I totally agree with your review. They are a cheap ass family and are not fair with their customers and then brag about how much they paid but how much they will end up selling the item.


    • bmj2k February 21, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

      I still catch the show about half the time and nothing has changed my opinion. Even Ashley, who I liked when I wrote that, annoys me.


  8. peter March 14, 2012 at 6:19 am #

    its obviously put up a lot of the time.


  9. Clog March 25, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

    Yeah, Ashley is a bitch but I still want to see her ass…. Like em plump!!


    • bmj2k March 26, 2012 at 12:14 am #

      Well, I gotta figure that’s pretty unlikey to happen…


  10. bigfun March 28, 2012 at 1:13 am #

    ashley is HOT a bitch but HOT she needs to wear some color to show of her figure instead of looking like she is going to a funeral all the time i bet her ass is slaming but you cant see it cause she is always wearing black i mean come on she works in a pawn store not a morgue come on girl u know you want to show it lol


  11. TNT April 1, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Horribly Scripted. Terrible, terrible acting. Lee wears the SAME OUTFIT every day. Seth can’t keep a straight face. Ashley is getting fatter, and fatter each episode! The producer tells the customers what to say, and what to do. This “Reality” t.v. show is so rehearsed it’s sick to watch. Just so sad that you have to make Detroit look like we are all “Hard Core” Total B*LL S#*T!


  12. Paulo April 5, 2012 at 2:13 am #

    Ashley is a bitch but damnit I would love to hit that chubby ass.


    • bmj2k April 5, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

      I gotta be honest here, I have no idea why I am approving so many comments about Ashley’s ass.


      • Chris April 22, 2012 at 1:38 am #

        Yeah I hope lots of People and the “Cast” read this review! It is True! Les, c’mon I mean what a Cheap Grandpa! omg. Why don’t you quit rippin ppl off at the least! It just makes you look like an idiot. Ha I mean even when the go in the back to reasearch somthing they don’t know about thego on frickin eBay!?? its like wow
        these people might as well just sell there stuff on there! Cheap pawn shop


        • Robert Johnson August 22, 2012 at 3:26 am #

          When people come to his store they are not forced to take a deal. He offers them the amount he can get it for so his business can make money and employ people. These customers act as if he HAS to give them money. He doesn’t HAVE to give them anything. And they can try somewhere else if they don’t like it but they probably would get the same offer at another pawn shop. So take it or leave it. They ARE all nuts in that family but they still have a business to run. He isn’t in business to give away money or barely make any, its called capitalism. The reason America is so great. He isn’t ripping people off.


          • bmj2k August 22, 2012 at 6:18 am #

            You are correct, except that he makes his offers disgustingly low to take advantage of people’s desperation and ignorance.


  13. CRAIG DENNEN April 25, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    A man who can smile and take someones last tangible item to feed their own family, that Les Gold. He turns around and gives them basically pennies per thousand of the items worth. Example- Les bought an antique wood stove that was worth approx 4500.00 thousand (looked it up on ebay). the couple wanted to pay for their daughters college books and asked for a few thousand at first, Les and fat ass-shely both looked at the poor couple and shook their hands and snidely replied ” Have a great day!” basically telling them to leave! the couple were so desperate they took his his $100 offer, laughing saying he was gonna make a killing on that stove!! hahahah!” I know what an asshole family the Gold’s are personally b/c a had a relative working for them for 2 years! I was told the truth about the family…. especially not on the show!! People come in with diamond earrings or gold worth some good $$, and when Les/Seth?ASS_SHLEY— they pretend its fake as shit really garbage and they actually throw it into this set up paper wastebasket looking like a real trash can. and they say ” this shit is so phony its garbage costume jewelery or CZ glass!!! Dont ever bring this into my store again, or I will throw you out?? If you are gullible like most of these people, who just walk out leaving their actually valued item in their trash can……. its REALLY SAD AND F’ED UP!!!! Les runs and fishes the items out on his hands and knees, looks up and says MOTHER F’ING BINGO BITCHES!!! THATS HOW YOU GET A M F’ER AND THATS A REAL PROFIT!!! He boasts that no one else can do that only him b/c hes the best and the owner!!! Also my relative told me that Ashley has IBS, bowel problems and has her “diarrhea potty” all to herself, and the smells permeate the entire lunchroom too!!! EWWW!!!

    This family makes me sick physically and mentally, lets get them off of TRU TV!!!! They are prejudiced and racists towards us!!!



  14. Steve April 30, 2012 at 2:32 am #

    I am sick and tired of viewing “THE ASHLEY SHOW!” It seems like most of the shows consist of Ashley’s personal situations with her family, etc. She has no clue how to talk to people from the street in Detroit, and she is consistently putting her family and employees in danger. Moreover, her bad attitute is to the point where she should never be allowed to speak to a customer. Does 90% of the show have to be about Ashley??? I am going to quit watching if the show remains the way it is.


  15. SUE T May 1, 2012 at 11:22 pm #



  16. Linda Rogers June 24, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    I have watched the show but have seen the same ones over and over. Do they ever make new ones? Their filthy language is also a turn-off for me, although they beep over the actual word it’s obvious what they say.And last but not least, Les always going to beat up the young punks. His bouncers quickly get between him and the other people to throw them out the store.


    • bmj2k June 24, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

      I haevn’t seen most of them but there are currently new ones airing. They just bury them among hundreds of reruns.


  17. Angela July 9, 2012 at 12:40 am #

    I am getting to the point where I can’t stand to watch this show anymore…Seth is such an ass with his I am a big shit attitude!! Worst of all his dad seems to always smooth over his shit for his son over his daughter…Ashley can be bitchy at times but at least she acts more professional than him if I was Ashley I would bust his mouth wide open the first time he would curse me in front of a customer he be picking his conceited ass off the floor!! Seth get over yourself and old man get with the program treat your daughter as an equal just because she is a woman hes a guy gives him no right to talk to her that way!!


    • bmj2k July 9, 2012 at 12:43 am #

      Totally right. I still watch from time to time but I’ve pretty much had it with that show.


  18. Miss Macy July 24, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    I think this show is fantastic and I haven’t missed a single episode. Best program on television. American Jewelry’s customers are a desperate population from the most economically-depressed city in the United States. I am absolutely convinced none of this crap is staged! Ever been to Detroit?


    • bmj2k July 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

      Have I ever been to Detroit? Good lord no. We’ll just agree to disagree on this one.


  19. brenda bowman August 1, 2012 at 1:43 am #

    Les feeds off ppl’s misfortunes n dwn on their luck weither their crack heds or fallen onhard times how can he sleep @ nite oh yes easily wen. Ur mattres is made of other ppl’s dreams. Les, Seth, Ashley pls use som of tht money n buy clues compassion n humanity the bible says the least u do 4 my brother the mor u do 4 me. It all translates the same message b it the bible the torah or the quran.


  20. Wow g August 28, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

    This guy is obviously their competitor. You know nothing at all about the pawn business and you show it like bad. Lol sorry man but your flaming them really bad. Bias information right here ladies n gents. Make your own opinion about their shop and don’t listen to this guy he’s just jealous they have millions and started from nothing.


  21. randy warren September 4, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    talk about TRAILER TRASH TV. this family is “bottom of the barrel” as far as human beings go. being a “pawn stars” watcher, when this show came out i thought “great” another pawn show. i watched several episodes of the first season and couldnt take anymore. they steal from customers then brag about it and the words “customer service” definitely do not apply at this store. how this show and others like it stay on tv i have no idea. and this isnt the only really bad show on tv. dog/bounty hunter, lizard lick (and the other towing shows)all those jerry springer type shows, that cajun pawn show, etc.. there are just too many to list. as we all know, there is an “ass” for every seat but thank god my ass doesnt sit and watch any of these “trailer trash reality shows”
    i do want to thank the person who started this blog which let me voice my opinion and get it off my chest. his “bio” about this show and the GOLD family were right on the money.
    p.s. if you look up the word “bitch” in the dictionary, there is a picture of Ashley there. the picture takes up most of the page tho cuz she is such a “FAT ASS”


  22. Bergeon Michigan September 4, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    I have some limited familiarity with the Detroit / Southfield pawn stores, I like to check in to see what they have for Swiss mechanical watches and sometimes tools / parts relating to same. This pawn shop is not what is pictured really – obviously it’s mostly for drama, but these are not pleasant people, even prior to this television show I found the father unpleasant and oddly dishonest – he didn’t want to open a watch back so I could confirm the movement (this is important in watches) or maybe he was just in a bad mood – but he was unpleasant and seemed dishonest – no one who knows anything about watches won’t view/show the movement under such circumstances. Well I watched the show because I live in Southeast Michigan and we know people in common and I am curious. I don’t like them, they seem awful.


    • Mike September 14, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

      I Live North of Detroit and took My 15 year old grandson to this place. After paying $25 for a cheap t-shirt, yes $25 , my grandson took it to Ashley to have her autograph it. Instead of saying hi or hello she said ” did you pay for that” which is uncalled for because they keep them behind the counter and the only way to get one is to pay for it first. I showed her the receipt and she then got friendly and signed his t-shirt. Zack and the old man were very friendly and signed his t-shirt, but after scoring $25 for a t-shirt I would be friendly too. They will also take a picture with you, which really made my grandson happy. This is not in the worst part of Detroit. It is right off 8 mile Rd. which is the northern border of Detroit. Still, bring your gun and have it ready as you normally would in a bad neighborhood. Recommend 9mm or larger.


      • mike February 1, 2013 at 3:20 am #

        how did ashley fit in the photo?


  23. Doctor cool October 11, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    Ashley. Yeah how great are you? You make a virtue out of pulling ridiculous faces and making stupid seem normal.
    The bit heist creature who has yet to be slapped. She’s really not a very nice person.


  24. eddy October 15, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    Very true I really like your review its fair what I don’t like the most is the cheapness Ave this family


  25. Mclaughlin October 21, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    I love watching this show and laughing my ass off at how stupid Seth is with his arrogant whinging and whining that he knows more than his father and that Ashley is always in his face and she knows nothing and he knows more than her. Hahahahahaha! Ashley sets herself up to be abused by Seth by continually harrassing and pointing out his flaws in full view of the customers. She should just step away and not let Seth antagonise her as she makes herself look more and more foolish when answering back to him. I love seeing how most of the so called customers resort to foul language and shouting and screaming at each other and the staff. How low class can you get. or should I say what a low class of breeding. Both black and whites.

    Sorry if I have offended anyone.


    • bmj2k October 21, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

      Right on the dot about Ashley.


  26. avel November 21, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    you guys know the show is fake – right?
    you pull that shit in detroit you get shot.
    the family are shitheads


  27. stuven farlow November 22, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    one of the worst shows on television and you can just tell that Les smells, he looks like a very dirty person


  28. Hurst78 (@Hurst78) November 27, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    What a sad family and I have to wonder how in the world they sleep at night ripping people off like they do.
    They deserve every frigging dirt bag that stops in the store.
    Two dudes come on with ninja padded suits, know they are worth $3K and they offer them 10 % of that amount. Thank goodness the guys walked away.
    Then to watch them offer the guy $75 for the strike poster is just a shame!!!! Crimal assholes! I want to throw up!
    D(*#CH Bags! to say the lease and will never watch that aweful show again. We all need to stop watching it!!!


    • bmj2k November 27, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

      It is train wreck television: It is such an unbelievable mess that people just have to see more


  29. calila December 11, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    lol…i know this is old but i found it trying to find pics of who ashley’s husband is. made me laugh. the show is worse than ever, the acting/fake fights, but i cant quit.


    • bmj2k December 11, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

      I still watch it. Not every episode, but probably 3/4 of them.


  30. jennifer January 13, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    I have never been to Detroit. The closest I’ve ever been is the movie 8 Mile. That being said, this pawn shop is sad. Sad employees (they don’t look happy). Sad customers (because they’ve been ripped off). Sad family (honestly, don’t call yourselves a family if you treat each other like that). I would bet that lots of the people in there pawning their things need to feed an addiction, but there are some who legitimately need diapers and food. They get ripped off. Just tonight Ashley bought four silver goblets that were Tiffany & Co. She paid the guy $575 for the lot of them. Her daddy told her they were worth about $2500 EACH. Also, the guy Seth has a net worth of $1M. As soon as the country stops watching, the net worth goes down. The dad is bound to be worth more, the sister a bit less. Sad that.


  31. online pawnbrokers January 23, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    Its one of them typical programmes where you know everything is put on but at the end of the day it makes for great tv and it is extremely engaging.


    • bmj2k January 23, 2013 at 8:50 am #

      Well, “great” may be a stretch but it is engaging. I hate to admit that I still watch, not all the time, but fairly often.


  32. Mike D January 28, 2013 at 3:02 am #

    STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Embarrasing The USA!!!! For everyone in Detroit that have morales, values, and respect for human existance. This is just a family built on stealing from the poor to make a profit. They have no knowledge of how you should run a professional business that requires skill, honesty, and respect. Les is a man who thinks he is way above others because he has money with a handed down ticket. Try growing up without that. And please dont get me started on his MISGUIDED UNEDUCATED CHILDREN!!!!—- Its embarasing to watch!!!—- Its completely apparent that he has learned AND ownes the “Im the shit attitude” – In one of the poorest neighborhoods in America!—– Why do most people go to these PawnShops? Because?????— THEY ARE HUNGRY!!!!!! THEY ARE STRUGGLING!!!!!—- AND THEY ARE EMBARRASSED BECAUSE THEY ARE THERE!!!!—– SELLING THE ONLY VALUABLES THEY HAVE LEFT!!!!!!!!!!!—- People are in a bind, and at their last resort. Heroine and Meth addicts rely on places like this to get their next fix. Drug habits, unemployment, disabilities, and good hard working people that are having a bad time are victims of places like this. BIG QUESTION? Do you want to sell something that you own for 10% of its value? Then go to one of these rip off pawn shops! They are your anwser!!!! They will sell the same thing they bought from you, to the poor at an ungodly amount. Thats why they have what they have.The so called entrepreneurs that run these shit holes are trash! GET A REAL JOB. In a city of struggle! great show dumbasses


  33. mike February 1, 2013 at 3:17 am #

    ashley a silly fat fuck
    and a complete joke


  34. mclaughlin February 4, 2013 at 2:53 am #

    I just watched another repeat of this piece of garbage they call a TV show. I still laugh at the crap that goes on between Ashley and Seth. Seth really needs to have his arse kicked so high he has to take his shirt off to shit. Ashley is still a whinger who seems to have nothing better to do than rag on Seth and run to daddy. Les also needs to get his head out of his ass and fire Seth or at least embarass and humiliate him in front of the customers and staff as Seth loves to do to Ashley at every turn. Les stands up for Seth but he won’t do the same for Ashley – favourtism anybody???? Seth is such an arrogant little piece of shit that he can’t see that Les actually knows more than he does and he won’t ever admit when he’s wrong. (Which is most of the time.)


  35. Kurt koon February 10, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    Seth is a lil bit&$ he always wants his daddy to blow him for just doing the job that his daddy gave him.


  36. ashley wintermint February 25, 2013 at 12:44 am #

    I watch your show all the time..but I am no longer going to be watching it..i have heard several people comment on this..even my people treat your customers like shit!!!! i was watching it tonight on tv and seen less use the F word and scream at a customer it looked like for no reason.. i have seen this several times…and am very dissapointed and am tired of hearing the FILTHY language come out of you peoples mouth its not the language you fucking ass wholes its to your customers is whats dont use dirty language twards customers because they wont come back..if you want to continue having buisness i would watch how you treat your customers..i have been a buisness owner for years and have been cussed and spitt at and cursed and you name it.. but not ONCE have i ever cussed a customer out or treated them in such a way as you guys treat people..this is VERRYYY SADDD!!!! WHAT THE HELL IS THIS WORLD COMMING i said.if you want to continue having buisness you have to treat your costomers right..i know it can be crazy at times trust me i have a buisness myself and see about 800 people a day but you dont cuss your customers and treat them badly.. i dont see you people being on tv much longer..i dont know maybe im wrong but i know what you people are doing is wrong and i hope you loose your buisness for the way you treat people..if you dont your going to end up with nothing you scrooge…how you like for someone to cuss you and scream at you…


    • ashley wintermint February 25, 2013 at 12:53 am #

      mike D is wright..pawn shops are made for people who dont have money and its their last source of money and they dont give you nothing for your values..these people are a piece of shit and are worth nothing..they will pay in the end.. because every one is starting to hate their show… its soooooooo VERRRYYY stupid so their tv show wont last long nor will their buisness


  37. LadyInRed (@LadyInRed700) February 26, 2013 at 5:49 am #

    I enjoyed the show.. to a point. I first heard about it last week and I have watched all six seasons of shows. The first three or four were entertaining, and I am sure there were scripted parts in those, but it became extremely evident somewhere around the bermese ruby episode that there was some major scripting and setup going on. It’s a shame. Seth’s arrogance has gotten worse to the point of being annoying, but I still enjoy Ashley’s reactions (although they may be setup as well). Not enough to continue to look forward to the show anymore.


  38. Grant March 6, 2013 at 5:40 am #

    A bunch of Brainless idiots, Seth is a childish spoilt Brat, Ashley is also Brainless and childish, The old man is the only one that has HALF an Idea about anything, but still not
    alot, These types of people are whats wrong with the world, they know stuff all about anything not even what stuff they buy is actually worth, want to see some smart second hand dealers Watch American Pickers, my 2 cents off my chest, Thanks


  39. Margaret Nedsky March 30, 2013 at 1:15 am #

    I have decided to quit watching Hard Core Pawn. At first, I was anxious to watch it, but I soon realized that Les, his son and daughter takes advantage of their customers. If you look around in there, all you see are African-Americans. That’s their customer base. However, the ones in position in the store are white. I’m speaking of Rich and the man behind the jewelry desk. So it appears as if the only ones that has any authority are indeed white. What’s the point in asking a person how much they are looking for, for what they bring in? They have no intention of paying it. I think it’s a set up just to give them an idea as to how low they are going to go.

    I don’t like it when people take advantage of others. Seth went to college, but look at where he’s working… so what was the point? I can see helping out part-time, but here you have a college graduate spending his days in a pawn shop, arguing back and forth with his sister. I’m beginning to wonder if their arguments are really real. There is no need for such hostility…

    Anything to have people watching. The show, in my opinion, is a scam and I will never watch it again. I refuse to sit back and watch them use people just to line their own pockets. It’s such a pathetic show.


  40. ? April 9, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

    Maybe somebody will actually pawn a toupe so ashley can use….cus her shit is falling out at the top


  41. flydrs May 22, 2013 at 1:33 am #

    I just saw the episode where Seth “ran out of cash,” at the store. The scene where Les pulls out a $9,000.00 from his pocket to pay for an expensive piece of jewelry was just ridiculous and unnecessary posturing. He then proceeds to remove a very large amount of money from the most basic of K-Mart safes that was clearly staged as well. The $25 sentry safe is a great place to store $100k… “Not to worry, Les has got it covered.” The emphatic slamming of the money on the table was over the top and yet another attempt at showcasing how badass the Gold family is. Afterwards, Seth casually remarks that he “has some change.” The outlandish portrayal of have and have not on this show is despicable.


  42. greg May 28, 2013 at 2:48 am #

    This show should be called disfunctional Detroit pawn


  43. Michael May 29, 2013 at 12:32 am #

    What a PUNK Seth is. He needs a good ass kickin and that’s it.


  44. Greg Kelly June 1, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    I think when Assly’s old man gets tired of her big crude mouth and rather large ass,she shoud hook up with good ole Chumly.Les should change his clothes at least once a month.I would think he could afford a new coat and waredrobe the way he screws all those customers he is (helping out).You can tell Seth has learned from Les the art of dealing with the down and out,his life goal is to show all, he can exceed his father in taking advantage,of the poor.I wonder how brave Seth and Les would be without the bodyguards? The show should be called Dysfundtional Family Detroit Pawn


    • bmj2k June 1, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

      Seth has gotten worse and worse as the show has gone on.


    • Carl September 8, 2013 at 2:31 am #

      Greg, you took the words right out of my mouth. Those cowards would not be shit if not for the bodyguards. I would fly to Detroit and take both of those lowlife bastards on one on one. Especially Les, I want to knock that smug look off of his face so bad that I čan taste it.


  45. bochagalup September 8, 2013 at 12:24 am #

    I agree with you 100 percent, except for Ashley she is a conniving little bitch. she doesn’t know how to talk to customers without pissing them off. her goal is to get seth’s office. and can’t wait for him to fuck up so she can run to daddy to rat him out. sets bought an entertainment center for $20and she Raged on him that it was set up for VHS, then she went to Daddy to tell him. It was only $20 bitch. now let’s get to the customers that go there, the people that shop there are fucking animals. don’t these people realize they’re on TV


    • bmj2k September 8, 2013 at 3:50 am #

      Since I wrote this post I’ve really come to hate Ashley. She is disgusting.


  46. Carl September 8, 2013 at 2:33 am #

    She looks like a beaver with those buckteeth


  47. Rosa September 8, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    This show should be called Asshole Pawn or Rip off Pawn. It is people like these that the IRS should be concerned about not waiters, teachers, or any other low wage or underpaid worker. Just once I would like to see one of those bitches get a beat down. They provoke fights and then surround themselves by security and say, “What are you gonna do now?” And yes, they’re all ugly. Whoever sticks it to Ashley no doubt married her for the money. I’m sure her husband frequently fantasizes about her demise so he can cash in.
    I live on the east coast, originally from the cartel-infested, crime-ridden Texas-Northeast Mexico border, but I’d rather go shopping on either side of that border than to go shopping in Detroit. Not so much because of the gangs and crackheads up there but because of this asshole family. It makes me wonder if everyone up there is like them. I do know that they would not be able to pull this shit off in Texas for very long because somebody would make it a point to hand their asses to them.


  48. fryt September 13, 2013 at 6:35 am #

    I just can’t believe that u people think this crap is for real. Fckin idiots. Stop making this BS fake reality shows.Read a book or two. LOL


    • Big Dick October 7, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

      and yet there you are commenting on the show you watch! So who is the REAL f’ing idiot? Thats right fryt – YOU!


  49. eddie September 17, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    seth and ashley putz & putess. these 2 numb nut kids are both assholes. cant stand them. i feel bad for their father. if i ever disrespected my father like seth does to les. i would get a beating no matter how old i was. ashley mug looks like the cartoon character of lou costello when he was animated has a mouse. an exact twin. they have no class & unprofessional always fighting each other in front of their employess and customers. 2 little kids who would run that business in the ground the day les gives them the store. i cant watch that show anymore because of these freaking kids who deserve a beating for being assholes. the element that comes in. uneducated, disrespectful, section 8 housing, gov’t welfare, weave waving, cant speak english, bunch of sobs. jokes of our nation. who are proud and thinks it’s cool and bad to be that illiterate. other pawn shows never go through that crap. difference of the elements that walk in. good luck to putz & putzess. mopy freaking kids of les


  50. Big Dick October 7, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    The Golds are as sleazy as their clientele. Seth is a complete jerk off idiot with little mans syndrome. Ashley needs to go home and annoy her husband some more until he snaps and wipes out his family. Les needs to change that sweater every couple of weeks and learn how to not lie to his clientele about wanting to help them. After all of that, the best thing that could happen is if the whole store and show went up in flames and the Golds joined a circus! What CRAP this TruTV is into! Desperate losers looking to entertain the bottom 10% of America. The 10% with IQ’s hovering around 80.


  51. Regina brundle October 26, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

    I appreciate these people are trying to make a living but they do rip people off!
    They should not use the motto “we are here to help people”, they are not.they are there to rip people off and are very rude. They look down at people who are less fortunate!
    Yes the people are people whom have social , drug and alcohol problems, but I just hope they know that KARMA will get them!
    I am a British person and I think all of these family members are awful hideous and common people who live off the misery of underprivileged !


    • Steve Jackson November 12, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

      The Gold family are parasites living off and stealing from poor people of Detroit. I can see a lot of low lives come into their pawn shop but they treat people terrible and then say they are there to help. Les, Seth and Ashely are liars and thieves. I think they make most people sick.


  52. efwtg November 25, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

    How ugly can 1 family be! Seriously.


  53. Terri July 24, 2014 at 12:02 am #

    I have been out of my mind trying to figure out where I’ve seen Seth Gold before. I realized that he looks just like Alfred E. Neuman!!


  54. steve kosman August 20, 2014 at 10:43 pm #

    you’re being a little too unfair about seth. ashley on that show has acted just as badly and as awful as her dad les has. what you said about les was spot on, but what you said about seth was unfairly biased. the only thing wrong he might’ve done was that paintball thing. yeah, they should’ve at least reimbursed him the cost of the paintball pellets if they were knowingly going to go through all of them, but other than that, seth has acted more professional than ashley and les have in that show. you wrongfully defended ashley too damn much. you gave ashley too much undue credit. ashley has caused problems as well as those other two have. also, i read she’s instigated problems and caused trouble with customers. you say she had endured nonsense from the other family members, well i say they’ve endured her nonsense as well. there was an episode where on older guy, who was no longer married, and who was probably around les’s age, came in with two or three things to pawn, and she started trouble with him over nothing. she even went as far as asking if he was married(like that had anything to do what he was trying to pawn), he said no, and she said she could see why, and that upset him(just as it normally would’ve upset anyone) and he was saying how he didn’t insult her while he was making it clear she was insulting him. she has said and done wrongful things just like he brother seth and her dad les have done. all three of those family members have acted like horrible morons towards customers.


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  56. guy October 6, 2014 at 1:28 am #

    I’ve seen this show and agree with the review. I am sure the pitch for this show was “the pawn stars in Vegas are not running a real pawn shop, we will show you a real pawn shop!” Well, yes maybe, but they actually unintentionally prove the History channel’s show does everything right.

    No crazy or desperate people, no or little pawns, and mostly collectors who want a good deal, but there are no eviction notices on their houses. Also, lots of interesting high end goods. The Harrisons get a good deal, but show they are not screwing anyone and actually have told people their goods were actually worth more. They look on TV more like a an interesting place to buy and sell than a pawn shop.

    “Hardcore Pawn”? Its like the exact opposite of all the good ideas the Vegas show had. Desperate, crazy people? check. Gleefully screwing over said people? check. Instead of being a advertisement for the show, if I had an item and wanted to sell in Detroit, after watching this show going to them would be sheer desperation. You know your going to get screwed. They actually delight in it. The brother and sister owners are actually portrayed as if they hate each Jerry Springer hate.

    They wanted to “keep it real”. but that is a mistake, they look like scumbags and their sellers are crazy people. If they were nice on TV and screwed people over when the cameras were off, the hippocracy of it would be better.


  57. yo daddy December 21, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

    I walked into there pawn and ash was who attended me; long story short she got all mad cause I wasn’t giving into her anyway at the end she told me to follow her fill her in a report well I filled her nicely that is why she is nicely plump$$$$$$$$$$$$$


  58. Tonya Boyd January 17, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

    OMGoodness, I can’t stand the cousin, her voice, sceaming ways and everything about her makes me sick!!!!!!!! Deg, wasn’t Ashley & Seth enough, WOW! To much , where did they get her from, please take her off and send her back down south for good! To: Hardcore Pawn


  59. phil January 25, 2015 at 12:00 am #

    They are the cheapest scumbags I have ever seen before in my 45 years of being alive,that’s it,they are cheap. And Ashley is the biggest bitch there is she ruins the show……


    • bmj2k January 25, 2015 at 12:03 am #

      No argument here, but the cousin they brought in makes it even worse. She is so stupid.


  60. robert wilson November 20, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

    “hardcore pawn is disgusting in a word. the daughter ashleys a total bitch, and ugly to boot.
    Id rather watch a program about cheese making or some other boring crap than to punish my common sense and waste time. I so wish theyd 86 that shit show. ripping people off no matter if theyre nothing more than a bunch of shit head crack head mostly ex con or rather ought to be con types, just isnt entertainment. wish all those reality crap shows would get thrown in dumper and maybe get some good old reruns of bonanza or some thing. At least in westerns you can watch a deserving crook get his due by catching a bullet. something I want to do more and more to as days go by and my patience wears thin with utter stupidity in society. NO PC here!


    • bmj2k November 20, 2015 at 7:02 pm #

      I wrote that review a few years ago but if I were to do it today it would be a lot like what you wrote.


  61. joan norman February 7, 2016 at 9:47 pm #

    i have recently started watching it,cant believe they talk to their staff the way they do,blaming them for things they didnt do,,,,but then they employ the lowest of the low to deal with the lowest of the low,,,,,i’d have told them what to do with their job by now,i think its all fake,why do they shout all the time? do they talk normally? i doubt it,and Ashley got no words to discribe her well i do but i wont,,,,,,,they are a horrible family,no loyalty to anyone not even themselves,living off poor peoples situations ,needless to say i wont be watching it again,,,

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  62. Wayne April 22, 2017 at 10:51 am #

    I’ve just watched an episode with the fake watch fiasco, Les apparently has been duped out of 5000 dollars. His son checks the serial number on a Web site and confirms it is a fake.Les then phones the guy to come back in to sell his other expensive watch and confronts him with a choice of paying him back or the police will be contacted. low and behold the guy said he has been duped and to his knowledge the watches are legitimate but understands and is willing to pay back the money which is fare enough.The alarm bells start ringing when this guy so happens to still have the 5000 concealed in an envelope in his back pocket and pays there and then, sorry but bullshit bullshit with cow bells on!!!


  63. Odelzy June 25, 2021 at 6:35 am #

    You are so right, damn. I hate Seth so much and I hate how he treats Ashley. It pisses me off so much watching them. Seth needs to get beaten up by that bodyguard of his


  64. Michael Robinson November 15, 2021 at 8:42 pm #

    I like the show been watching it for a while now and sometimes I think the brother and sister on the show try to compete to be their fathers favorite. Alot of times the two clash because the ideas each have for making the shop run a little better may not coexist with the other. Also what’s up with all the weird people who come in the shop acting as if they don’t have common sense. As far as the brother and sister I also think their dad sometimes let them two argue over nothing before he intervene.


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