Freedom, Business, Controversy and Fitness

TV Show Barter Kings ruins the entire Barter Industry

There’s a thriving subculture of entrepreneurs who know how to get what they want without spending a dime. No cash, no problem. These larger than life characters prefer the art of trade, and we’ve found the best in the business — Steve McHugh and Antonio Palazzola.
In each half hour we’lll follow two “trading strings,” the dramatic chain of events as items of little value are traded up for items worth thousands. At the heart of every trade is the art of the deal. It takes a ton of strategy, charisma, and all out manipulation to close them. It’s a world filled with amazing characters, fascinating items, and most of all, surprising, unpredictable journeys. When it comes to Barter Kings, anything can happen.

This show is absolutely fake! Anyone can barter any item for any item when there’s a tv crew in their face! Promising them they will be on tv.

Hey I want to trade you an iPad for a muscle car, I promise you will be on our new show on cable tv. C’mon seriously!

What has this done to the world? It has made people delusional! Go to Craig’s list’s barter section right now! I posted a few items and responded to a few items.

Here are a couple items:

A galaxy tablet for a truck or motorcycle seriously?

A laptop for a scooter or jet ski? C’mon wake up out of your dream world!

iPad for an atv, boat, jetski etc.. Wow

Not only does this guy want all of the above but he wants a jeep too!

C’mon people wake the FUCK up! That’s a TV show!! An iPad 3 64gb is going for $800 which you can find cheaper.

The ones above aren’t even iPad 3! They are 2nd generation! At first glance it’s $490 who the fuck in real life will give a multi thousand dollar item for $500! Wake up!! Smell the coffee!

This show sucks! It’s ruining people’s lives giving them delusions of grandeur!

They added a girl to season 2 – it looks like they stole the girl from American Pickers, but only hotter! Copy Cats!!
Why is she so hot? She’s a model! Yes, even she is fake, just like the show!!

35 responses

  1. truth

    Hahaha. yea, fake.

    November 26, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    • Casting Call Information
      City: Victorville
      State: CA

      “BARTER KINGS” is a television show looking for PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BARTER THEIR TREASURE ON TV!

      We are scheduling appointments with anyone who would like to make a trade with our hosts Antonio and Steve on “BARTER KINGS”!
      We are shooting locally in September!

      See… Casting Call! Absolutely Fake!!

      December 14, 2012 at 11:14 PM

  2. GinegerRevenger

    Ive traded an xbox360 w/ sticking disc tray and a handfull of games for a 89 Honda Shadow motorcycle. Some people are dumb for sure but there are instances out there, especially if the owner isint able to use the item. Agreed though the show is full of setups, and I’m sure the producers are throwing cash around like crazy.

    January 16, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    • Everyone has made trades that they feel don’t make sense for the other person, for 1 an 89 Honda Shadow is old… maybe it was a nightmare to him, or maybe his wife or parents said get rid of it, I don’t want you riding it. Maybe he had an xbox repair business and a sticking try was nothing for him. As for the show, what I am saying is it is tv most people just want their 2 minutes of fame! That pushes them to make the deal! maybe there are backdoor deals and promises going on, but maybe its just the thrill and telling their friends and family they are on tv. Either way the show is fake! and ruining the barter system in America! because everyone thinks they can and deserve stupid deals for their junk!

      January 16, 2013 at 9:22 PM


        i’ve got a brainstorm fo you…since you don’t like the show and think its all fake why don’t you just DON’T WATCH IT ASSHOLE

        August 20, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      • No it’s not impossible, but the bullshit trades they made in the beginning of season one, has made everyone on Craig’s list want to trade their fucking iPad for a $10k street bike or for a car like a Mercedes are they on crack? So try reading the article before talking shit! Oh, and for the record, it’s a review on the show… It’s a bullshit show and I don’t watch it anymore! In fact I refuse! Even though the new girl is cute!!

        Also, dumbass you are responding to a year old thread!!! I haven’t checked Craig’s list lately, maybe people have come to their senses and realized that this is a show and that their garbage isn’t worth a fortune and that it’s worth is relative!

        August 20, 2013 at 10:00 PM

  3. Bill

    I agree fake but there are crazy deals out there and people are desperate I traded a 1996 ford Taurus for a 72 in plasma smart tv brand new in the box price tagged at 4650 my car was worth 1200 max it’s possible but rare

    January 22, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    • I agree also, but there may be different circumstances, for example tv might be reconditioned, or hot or maybe they got it wholesale or maybe he was just desperate for a car. But! Because of the show people think they are entitled to stupid trades such as their IPad for a motorcycle!

      January 22, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    • Do you think his turrets is fake too? Notice how he only yells out things in cut scenes, he never has a flare up during a deal or during an interview scene.

      January 23, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      • tanya

        Now I find that offensive, my husband has Tourette’s and it can be suppressed for short times and Antonio has said before that he pinches himself to suppress it.

        February 1, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      • Yes I agree, one of my best friends has a mild case, but if he catches a buzz word he’s always saying it, sometimes he even gets me hooked. It just so happens Antonio never does it in front of a customer or in an interview segment, it just sounds suspect… And it wasn’t meant to offend, I just doubt the validity of the entire show!

        February 1, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      • Apparently you don’t watch the show cause he has yelled out stuff during deals on numerous times.

        September 25, 2013 at 1:30 AM

      • I watched the first season

        September 25, 2013 at 8:52 AM

  4. Culi

    I got a 3 years old Samsung epic with some scratches on the screen, need a new battery, sorry looking to trade it for 2011 BMW X5 or newer must have no more then 5k miles on it!

    January 24, 2013 at 5:14 PM

  5. bistro

    Lmao what about this looking to trade 440 mutang skid steer 50 hours on motor good tires does not run or operate had it started a couple years ago has massisve hydraulic leak I think just needs line tight. wanting to trade for a house or late model bmw or lexus open to other trades . for one skid steer that model runs about five grand reconditioned thru dealer 2 when dealing with hydraulics it could cost more than the machine to have it fixed 3 we have not even got to engine problem 4 above all else if these things you say are wrong are so simple to fix you should fix them before you try to trade. yes Barter kings destroyed craigs list .

    March 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM

  6. bistro

    Not to mention. not only is it rude. its extremely offensive to offer $1000 in junk for A $5000 item.I can can understand there are people who trade for a living, and they should come out on the up( for providing a service) ,but come on Really!

    March 13, 2013 at 11:36 AM

  7. bistro

    The funny thing now is trying to be a barter king and making bad deals and trying to dump them on me

    March 15, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    • I have 3 broken computers and a dead hard drive or 2.. I’ll trade you for an iPad 3…

      March 15, 2013 at 10:26 PM

  8. trav13

    these seem to be items that can actually be traded for the items they are looking for. in the latop to dirtbike i have personlly traded an older ipod for a little pit bit. you just have to know how to barter. and so what if the show is fake that has nothing to do with it. people know how much they paid for their item. some are ridiculous yes i agree but most can actually be traded. just because you dont think they can be doesnt mean anything.

    April 24, 2013 at 3:35 PM

  9. You are rigth i cant stand this show its so unreal

    May 2, 2013 at 1:30 AM

  10. me

    If anyone has a fifty dollar bill that thay’re desperate to get rid of, I’ll trade you my 5 dollar bill for it.

    June 28, 2013 at 10:23 AM

  11. Jared

    Seriously. I just wasted 5 min of my life listening to people bitch about how a “tv” show was fake.. What’s next an epic persuasion about how Sponge Bob isn’t real to. It’s a TV show. If its not live television it’s fake. There’s no such thing as “”unscripted”” for all any of us know the things there trading for they brought and just paid the guy to pretend its his. Barter Kings is nothing but a script of what’s possible. People do trade there jet skis and four wheelers for a box of crowns every now and then. Now Y I have no clue but people do stupid things.

    July 1, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    • It’s not that it’s fake, it’s that the show is ruining bartering! People think their shit is priceless! C’mon an iPad 3 for a BMW or a motorcycle… Seriously, they expect nothing less! Get real!

      July 1, 2013 at 10:57 AM

  12. BackAssward

    Well, there are people dumb enough to pay weekly for furniture and electronics from one of those shops that end up charging after 4 weeks, more than the original cost.

    Also, who said the things bartered for aren’t stolen.

    Is this show fake? I say 50/50. Do people routinely make stupid buys and trades? I say 100%

    August 9, 2013 at 10:01 AM

  13. tom casey

    I manages to make some excellent trades. One of which was $160 laptop for a $1500 dirtbike. Luck has a factor as well as your ability to market the value of what you are offering vs what they want to get rid of.

    The tv show is fake. People do dimb stuff

    September 13, 2013 at 2:10 AM

  14. As someone who works for A&E, I can guarantee you that this show is 100% REAL.

    September 25, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    • Dave Hester of ‘Storage Wars’ Sues A&E: ‘The Series Is Faked’

      There’s an A&E employee saying storage wars is Fake… Sorry if I don’t take your word when it comes to barter kings… Of course this is only MY opinion and I am entitled to my own opinion.

      These are the facts:
      1.with the crazy trades of season one it made people post those crazy trades on Craigslist ruining the barter industry.

      2. The fact that the trades aren’t spontaneous and they are casted through a casting call makes it even more fake! According to the show they are calling around and making deals off places like Craigslist.

      But then I got sent the casting call… Suspect! People will do anything for their 2 minutes of fame!

      Because there is a casting call: are they getting paid as an actor?

      Oh we traded up for blah blah blah yes you traded up, but if you figure in the acting salary it was an even or almost even trade.

      I’m not saying people don’t make crazy trades.. Because sometimes they weigh needs vs cost.

      Another thing that is strange is Barter Kings is always one item for another. In real life, if I had say a $1500 dirt bike and you offered a $500 laptop, I would say what else do you have that you could throw in?
      In their case they have a whole shop of stuff! It would be super easy for them to sweeten the deal! But they don’t in the show.

      September 25, 2013 at 9:35 AM

  15. tom

    its only gotten worse on craigs list and facebook groups lately !

    January 25, 2014 at 10:42 AM

  16. danny

    Yes, the show has fucked up the trade business. No doubt… but the crap your saying is so off base that it makes you look as stupid as you sound on here….

    Three years ago I started with a bag of harley parts, I put this 1982 flt together and itwas a ccomplete pile of junk. Wasnt worth more then $3,000. I traded it for a 1994 harley davidson sportster plus $3,400. I then traded it for a 1996 bmw 328i plus $250. From a 1982 harley davidson flt worth about three grand to a nice, 1996 bmw 328i plus $3650 in my pocket… think thats cool. Theres more dip shit. I then traded the bmw for a 1996 completely custom harley davidson soft tail. Sold that for $8,000 cash. Got a sweet deal on a 2000 harley davidson electra glide paid $5900 for it. So $2100 on top of the $3650. Thats $5,750 cash on top of the 2000 harley. Guess what I did then?

    I traded my 2000 harley davidson electra glide for a 2002 dodge ram 2500 lefted, rims, motor work, everything was done to it. Was fast and real nice… I had offers of all kinds of stuff coming in then. I sold the truck for $10,000 cash. Thats $15,750 cash. Only started with a bag of parts worth $3000 on a good day… also out of the ten grand from the truck. I took $1500 out and bought a 2002 grand pre. Traded that gor a 2002 chevy truck. Sold it for $3000. In a week I made 1500 bucks. So…. thats $17,250 CASH… wanna know what I have now? Ive got a 2006 custom street glide and a decent little car that I didnt pay a dime for… see what you dont realize is, there are people out there that have something you want and yoh have what they want. Also, there are people out there that got a sweet deal on something thats worth a lot but they dont care cause they want what you have…. your just running your goofing mouth cause yoj dont understand the business. As far as me saying I dont like the show? Its cause they have ruined the trading game by allowing assholes everywhere to know how to do this, now, everyone wants to trade and its impossible to get a good deal going. Instead of talking shit as if you know something. Look up a story called ” red paper clip ” its awesome. After reading it, I then started trading. And im still trading.

    March 12, 2014 at 6:57 AM

    • Obviously, you didn’t read what I wrote! I agree with you! They ruined the trading business! People think their stupid iPad is worth a BMW etc.. Most of their junk is garbage. Motorcycle and car parts no matter how junky you think they are may be the one part they need to complete their custom ride. That’s why there are swap meets all over the world! Trust me I know all about trading and you are right they got a lot of amateurs thinking their garbage is priceless that’s the whole point! Also this was written what 3yrs ago??? Thanks for replying!

      March 12, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    • Uncle Sam

      And you reported this income right??? And your time is valued at $0 / Hr. Most likely a story you fabricated.

      October 12, 2014 at 11:09 PM

  17. Te Ranga

    I thought it wasn’t fake,people ain’t wanting the stuff they are using and rather swapping it for a new toy to play with.
    I think the programme is the coolest programme I’ve seen so far. No1 fan here

    June 13, 2016 at 8:52 AM

  18. camron campbell

    Hater you must be a very miserable person I’ve met Steve and Antonio and the show isn’t fake they also own a chain of super pawns. There great guys they aren’t responsible for idiots on Craigslist people have always been stupid on Craigslist.

    August 2, 2016 at 3:53 PM

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