The prices are always full blown retail. They rarely deduct anything more than the cost of the locker. What about the cost of their staff coming over to pick it up? Rental of a moving van? Repairs or cleaning it up? And then, do you really think everyone will pay the full retail price in some tacky Consignment or Thrift store? Not these days. Especially because of shows like this, or Pawn Stars, American Pickers, etc., people are more bold about asking for a deal.
But, all that aside, for some reason I enjoy watching the show. But without Barry I think it would be too rough and tacky and wouldn't watch it.
By the way, I met with a TV Production company about 2 weeks ago to discuss program concepts. They are one of the leading suppliers of content. He said "it is all about money and finding treasure. Pickers, Pawn Stars, Storage Wars...... that is what all the cable channels want"