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Highlights how people are returning to trading and bartering rather than money to survive in a cash-strapped economy. It also reveals some of the tricks of the bartering trade. Stereotypes about the South are sometimes highlighted. Some history lessons come up in relation to bartered items.
Positive Role Models
Some barterers can't seem to stop trying to make a trade, no matter what the circumstance. The cast is male; one female picker is occasionally featured.
Violence & Scariness
Friendly competition between the teams leads to fast talk and mild insults, but nothing violent. Gene and Roger sometimes bicker with each other. Occasionally weapons (like old swords) are bartered and/or auctioned; their historic value is associated with wars and other violent events.
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Words like "damn" and "hell" audible; occasional curses like "bulls--t" are bleeped. References to "rednecks."
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Products & Purchases
Chevy trucks are visible. Occasionally bartered items feature logos like Chevrolet and Colonel Sanders (now known as KFC).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The consumption of moonshine is visible; references are made to cold beer. People are shown spitting tobacco. Bartered items include an old keg.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dukes of Haggle features people bartering for items that can eventually be sold at auction for money and includes some strong vocab and occasional stereotypical references about the US South. Weapons like swords are sometimes discussed and traded; brand named items like Ford trucks are also featured. Drinking and tobacco spitting is also visible.
Is It Any Good?
Dukes of Haggle offers an interesting look at how old barter-and-trade traditions are being revived in order to survive the cash-strapped economy. It shows how minor details of a seemingly worthless item can potentially reveal its historic (and therefore monetary) value. It also highlights some of the negotiating techniques individual barterers will use to make a trade, and the occasional mistakes they make when trying to restore items.
The barterers' colorful personalities, combined with the mild excitement generated by the Friday night bidding wars, create some entertaining moments. Some of the weird things they try to trade might also get you chuckling. But in the end, it reminds us that sometimes taking an educated risk pays off, and that doing things the old-fashioned way can lead to surprisingly positive results.
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