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Barter Kings

Cashless trading show with savvy entrepreneurs, language.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series highlights the strategies employed when making cashless trades, some of which involve underplaying an item's value or otherwise trying to convince people to part with their goods.

Positive role models

The team employs tactics that make people think their items are less valuable than what they are in order to make a good trade, but they come off more like savvy businesspeople than scammers. There's some mild competition between the Steve and Antonio, but this is mostly out of fun.

Not applicable

Some mild references to kissing.


Words like "bitch" are audible; "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.


Trade items include a vintage Kustom bass amp, Elvis memorabilia, and even a Monte Carlo. Ford trucks and Hummers are also visible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Rare references to beer.

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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:June 12, 2012
Cast:Antonio Palazzola, Steve McHugh
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Adult Written byMarissaHarper June 21, 2012

Negotiation skills are important...

I personally really like the show because it uses an old concept: barter. Children should start to learn how to negotiate and guess the value of things as early as possible. I'm a barterer myself and I find it very rewarding. However, I prefer barterquest to craigslist because barterquest specializes in bartering.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Adult Written bycarminemw June 13, 2012

There's a sucker born every day!

It ought to be called how to screw people out of stuff and make them think it's their idea. Typical used car salesmen tactics, half truths and misrepresentations. The whole thrust of the program is "anyway you can make the deal." Typical "a little lie never hurt anybody" attitude...that is until they get stuck...which you'll never see.
Kid, 12 years old July 22, 2012

amazing show!

really interesting show good for ages 12 and up :)