A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Barter Kings is a reality show targeted more at adults than kids. The main concern is language ("bitch"; "f--k," "s--t" bleeped), and some business tactics that might not seem fair. Monte Carlo cars, Ford trucks, and Hummers are some of the vehicles featured.
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What's the story?
BARTER KINGS is a reality series showcasing the skill and strategy required for successful cashless trading. The show stars Steve, a former car salesman turned entrepreneur and his business partner Antonio, who has been in the trade business for over 25 years, as they trade up from small items to something amazing. The two work with interested traders to establish values for items like Elvis memorabilia and bass amplifiers in hopes of successfully bartering them for more valuable items like custom Harley motorcycles and partially functioning vintage cars. They then attempt to trade off these items for even bigger-ticket items like motor boats. They never feel bad about getting a good deal, and show that it is possible to get what you want without spending a dime.
Is it any good?
The series offers an inside look at how people can make a living by skillfully bartering for items that have some kind of subjective value to them, rather than simply focusing on their cash value. It also shows some of the techniques that skilled traders use to get the best deal possible.
Watching how this trade team works is interesting, but it doesn't specifically show how their barter business is able to turn a profit in a cashless business. As a result, while folks may find process interesting, they may also be left questioning whether or not they are actually able to make a living do what they do.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about bartering. What are some of the reasons people prefer to barter for items rather than use cash to buy them? Do you think this is a good method for obtaining goods and services?
Do you think this show offers a realistic portrayal of how baretering works? What might be missing?
Who is the target for this show? How can you tell?
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