ZDF show: “Not quite sexy”: “Cash for Rares” dealers turn down sellers.
A jukebox even makes Horst Lichter dance at “Bares für Rares”, but unfortunately it falls through to dealers and doesn’t deliver the desired price.
A “Rock-Ola 477 Max” jukebox created a party atmosphere in the Wednesday edition of the ZDF junk show “Bares für Rares”. Not only Horst Lichter swayed along, but two dealers also took the opportunity for a little dance performance. Only when it came to bidding did things suddenly become very quiet.
When Sven Deutschmanek put the jukebox through its paces, the David Hasselhoff song “Looking For Freedom” put Horst Lichter in a good mood. “This man managed to unite Germany,” said the presenter, praising the German-German turnaround hit. Expert Deutschmanek also came out as a big fan – but of the jukebox. And that even though she wasn’t particularly old.
The very first jukebox in the form of a phonograph cylinder was already in a restaurant in Chicago in 1889, reported Deutschmanek. “That was the basis for Wurlitzer’s sensational jukeboxes from the 1940s.” There was also the Rock-Ola brand, from which the object in the program came. It came onto the market in 1979.
“Cash for Rares” seller wants 700 euros for a jukebox
The music machine includes 80 singles and, in contrast to the Golden Age machines from the 1940s and 50s, was made in a “spacey op art style” with “tail fins and chrome parts in vintage car style,” Deutschmanek continued . “It’s all a little more modern,” he said. Unfortunately, the device was made from chipboard and not real wood.
“But the nice thing is: it works,” said Deutschmanek, highlighting the essentials. The labeling of the individual music tracks had to be redone and the technology had to be checked again. The jukebox hasn’t been in use for 30 years, confirmed salesman Hans from Schermbeck, who used to have the good thing in the party cellar.
The only question left was the desired price. The seller had paid 700 DM including records and said: “Now 700 euros would be a dream.” In perfect condition, the box would fetch 2,000 euros, estimated Deutschmanek. With the flaws on the speakers and the general overhaul that was due, he estimated it at 800 to 1,200 euros.
“It has no sex appeal”
“I would be there in a heartbeat,” said the salesman happily as he accepted the dealer card. And the bear also danced in the dealer’s room. Because the two dealer colleagues Walter Lehnertz and Daniel Meyer didn’t miss the opportunity to turn on the box and deliver a little dance performance. “Crazy, two fat guys behind the machine,” shouted Lehnertz.
“Mood!”, shouted Meyer, amusing his colleagues – especially Lisa Nüdling, who could hardly contain herself at the sight of the dancing traders. But the exuberant party atmosphere fizzled out faster than the seller would have liked. This wasn’t the fault of Lehnertz’s alleged “herniated disc” after dancing with Meyer.
“It’s not that sexy,” said dealer Meyer bluntly. “It’s a good, used piece, but it doesn’t have the sex appeal to say: I have to have this.” Lehnertz also found the object “difficult.” Afterwards, Meyer condescended to make a paltry command: “I’ll give you a hundred.”
“Cash for Rares sellers get less than half
The seller was anything but happy with this. After Lehnertz estimated the expertise at 400 to 600 euros, Hans gave Deutschmanek’s true estimated price. But he only received astonished looks and another bold bid from Meyer: “Then I can offer 180 euros.”
A few awkward moments later, Meyer made one final offer: “Don’t hold it against me, but I won’t give more than 300 euros.” When the seller didn’t look happy, Lehnertz donated 50 euros: “So that you didn’t come for nothing.” The salesman agreed and sighed, “Okay. Then I don’t have to take them back with me.”