Cape Town – Fans of the hit international show Pawn Stars are going to love this one.South Africa’s own version will be airing on 14 October on the History channel (DStv 186).It follows the eccentric Johannesburg pawn shop owner Roy Peretz and his team as they deal with all kinds of South Africans who are trying to pawn items.We had a quickie with the Pawn King himself.Channel24:What’s the weirdest thing someone has brought into your shop?Roy:You’ll actually see it on the first episode. It’s a Zulu cover. It was a very interesting item.
Channel24:How is this show different from the American one? What makes you unique?Roy:We are proudly South African. Our shop is in the heart of Joburg in the Main Road. Everyone can see us and they’re free to walk in and out. We are a real proper family. We’ve all worked together for years, we’re different and we’re funny. We’re a modern day pawn shop and we’ve wanted people to see what we do for years.
Channel24:What are your top pawn tips?Roy:If you’re going to pawn something you must go to a reputable person, someone who has integrity and also a bit of style. Make sure that the price you are offered is correct and don’t get pushed over by someone. You have to feel comfortable with the person you’re dealing with.
Channel24:Do you keep any items that people pawn for your own collection?Roy:Yes we do. We’re like a bank, we give you a loan and as security we keep your items. If you pay back the loan we give you back your item. If you don’t, we simply keep your item and we don’t send people to break your legs and stuff. We’re very nice.
Channel24:What’s the one thing what would surprise viewers about the pawn industry?
Roy:The show has a lot of entertainment value. There’s always a variety of items, the people who come into our shop are so diverse and some of them are real characters, they even try to scam us! A lot about the pawn business itself will surprise people.Watch the promo here:Catch Pawn Stars South Africa, every Tuesday on the History Channel on (186) at 20:30 and 20:55.
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