Barter Kings: New A&E Series to Debut

Barter Kings A&E has announced that they’ve ordered 13 installments of a new unscripted series, Barter Kings. The show will follow people who trade with others to get the goods they want, without exchanging cash. Production on Barter Kings is currently underway and is expected to debut this summer.

Here’s the A&E press release with additional details:



New York, NY — March 16, 2012 – A&E has commenced production on the new original real life series “Barter Kings,” featuring teams of entrepreneurs pursuing items they want by trading other items that they currently own. Cash is never exchanged and value is subjective, but these barterers know the current market well and they will trade multiple times over to get to the object of their desire. The network has ordered 13 half-hour episodes scheduled to premiere this summer on A&E.

“Barter Kings” follows the thriving subculture of cashless trading and the dramatic chain of events as entrepreneurs aim to get what they want by trading what they don’t need. These traders have started out with an Elvis album and ended up with a speedboat, started with a boa constrictor and ended up with gold bullion, all by carrying out strings of trades for items of greater inherent value.

The series will feature the best bartering teams in the business as they encounter amazing characters and fascinating items. At the heart of every trade is the art of the deal and it takes a ton of strategy, charisma, and all out manipulation to close. When it comes to bartering, anything can happen, and these guys can’t get enough!

“Barter Kings” is produced for A&E Network by Brownstone Entertainment. Executive Producers for Brownstone Entertainment are Drew Brown and Bob Gillan along with James Flint. Nicco Ardin is Co-Executive Producer. Executive Producers for A&E are David McKillop, Elaine Frontain Bryant, Neil A. Cohen and Nicole Reed.

About A&E Network

A&E is “Real Life. Drama.” Now reaching more than 99 million homes, A&E is television that you can’t turn away from; where unscripted shows are dramatic and scripted dramas are authentic. A&E offers a diverse mix of high quality entertainment ranging from the network’s original scripted series, including “The Glades” and “Breakout Kings,” to signature non-fiction franchises, including the Emmy-winning “Intervention,” “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” “Hoarders,” “Beyond Scared Straight” and “Storage Wars,” and the most successful justice shows on cable, including “The First 48.” The A&E Web site is located at

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  1. says

    Well i don’t know if the show Barter Kings is real or a put up job, but i know that i FULLY-ENJOYED, this show, i even learned from it, who cares if it is fake, i mean if it is.
    I kinda believe that it just might be on the level, these are after all business men.
    Who’s to say the bartering isn’t real, well i love the show & i can’t wait to see lots more episodes.

  2. jeff says

    Its obviously rigged for the most part. I could tell within the first 3 minutes by the terrible acting by the people they barter with. And where on earth do they get these prices? The supposed 3 grand used snap-on toolbox in one episode? I can buy brand new from snap-on for $1,800 all day long!

  3. bob says

    Anyone that thinks this show isnt fake is..simply stupid. Its way over the top and clearly 100% scripted. I hate the world for stuff like this..another fake ‘reality’ show is the last thing we needed..

  4. says

    I worked with Antonio a few years ago in the flooring business , He is a very good businessman with alot of drive & that will be a great asset for the show , Good luck to you both …..I will be watching this one..

  5. says

    Wow i cant wait for this new show barter kings to start airing to show people to share and barter to bypass the stupid old and controlled money system. This is way over due. Cheers

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