Imagine if American Pickers and Duck Dynasty had a love child. You’d have Dukes Of Haggle – the latest iteration of the still-going-strong “found money” reality TV genre. Discovery Channel has ordered 12 episodes of Dukes Of Haggle, to debut tomorrow night. It’s about four rival teams of barterers working in the “barter economy that exists along the backroads of the American South,” the network explained. These teams scour the south to barter-up at barns, swap meets and other, less likely places. Apparently the bartering business is becoming more competitive there. Once they’ve collected their Prohibition-era kegerators, Civil War swords, Colonel Sanders windvanes and giant faux corn ears, they take them to auction Friday night at Neal’s Auction House which is apparently a community ritual second only to Sunday church going.
A cash-strapped economy has made trading more popular than ever in Hickory, North Carolina, and veteran barter shark Gene Roberts has to take on a new sidekick, Robert Price, just to stay in the game. But when a barter war ensues with their arch-rivals, Fred and Andy, over a Prohibition-era kegerator, Gene’s southern charm may not be enough to seal the deal. Without a single item for Friday’s big auction, Gene stocks up on bizarre novelty collectibles, including a 10-foot ear of corn, and Robert questions their budding partnership. But a last-minute trade-out for a Civil War sword with an unusual history could turn their luck around.
Veteran barterers, Fred and Andy, go head-to-head with Ron Boudreaux, the city slicker from New Orleans, for a 1948 Ferguson tractor. Pessimistic Fred thinks Andy is over-trading, especially because the engine won’t even start, but the two run into much bigger problems when their own truck breaks down on the way to auction. Meanwhile, barter sharks, Jimmy and Nicki, are the last ones to arrive at a local barnyard sale, but they luck-out by stumbling upon a vintage David Bradley chainsaw. But "Jimmy the Flirt" has a soft spot for the ladies and when rival picker, Sherry, tries to sweet talk their prized pick right out from under their noses, the barterers have to make some new ground rules.