A new TV show on the History Channel debuted today, Pawn Stars. It is a reality show based on a pawn shop in downtown Las Vegas. The show revolves around 3 generations of a family in the pawn business.
The show is more about the pawn industry and really doesn't include the Las Vegas angle, other than a guy selling a Roman suit of armor. It does show some sites around Vegas, including the alley in a ghetto area of Vegas.
We have hundreds of pawn shops in Vegas- you can't swing a dead cat without hitting one, it seems. The show shows promise and it is interesting to see how the pawn shop industry works, especially in this economy.
Las Vegas has been hit hard by the recession/depression and the pawn shops play an important role. They are providing a service by loaning money to people who no longer have credit but have things to sell. They are not like payday loan companies, who charge outlandish fees and interest and keep charging it until they bleed you dry. It is not like banks and credit unions where you have to prove you don't need a loan before they give you a loan.
So, I hope the show works out for the family. I look forward to going there one day and maybe even buying something. Hopefully, they will have more of a Las Vegas angle.