The Truth About What’s Real And What’s Fake In American Pickers

The Producers Are The Real Pickers

It looks like Mike and Frank are running this whole antique operation, but in reality, the producers are the ones who are really scouting out locations and negotiating deals.

A+E Network's 2015 Upfront
Photo by Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images
Photo by Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images

Many people who’ve worked with American Pickers have claimed that the producers actually work out prices with guests ahead of time. They agree on the price, then tell the seller to ask for more money so they can capture negotiations on camera.