The show is cool to watch, it features two affable guys (the guy on the left has tourette's syndrome)...and the bartering is fun to watch.
Having said that...I think it's all fake...lol.
The premise is that they start with something small, let's say a pair of 50s roller skates...and they keep trading up items bit by bit with different people...then by the end of the show...they wind up with a 70s muscle car or something expensive like that...lol.
Craigslist seems to be the main starting point in this show.
I check the Craigslist Barter section everyday...to see if I can do the same thing...and man...most people in there wants to trade up...lol.
So how can this be possible when most everyone are super greedy?
Out of pure curiosity...I posted my Galaga arcade machine for trade (excellent condition and worth anywhere from $750 to a grand)...I was getting emails from people who would trade me their $100 bicycles or crappy used up rusted to hell cheapo gym equipment (one almost new Bowflex machine though)...stuff like that...what a load of crapola...lol. However, I did get an offer of a new in the box backyard Greenhouse (I researched, and it was worth $600)...but I really didn't want to trade my arcade machine...the posting was just an experiment. Although I'm kinda looking into getting a Greenhouse eventually, but not for my Galaga. I counter-offered the Greenhouse offer for my archery compound bow with arrows set (worth about $200-$300)...but I never heard from him again...so my first attempt at trading up blew up in my face...lol.
If I post my Mustang as a bartered item...I bet you I'll get dudes offering me their rusted four door station wagons with salvaged titles as trade...lol.
But yet in the show...the Barter King dudes trade their little girls' bike for a one thousand dollar arcade machine (he actually wanted TWO arcade machines for his bike, lol)...yeah right...lol...
I know it's possible...some teenager was recently in the news that he traded up from a laptop to a sports car...but it took him a year of careful bartering and planning. These Barter Kings seem to have the same magic and results in a mere week or so, lol.
Still kinda fun to watch...