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Bargain Game (formerly called "Barker's Bargain Bar") is where the contestant has to choose which one of two prizes is the bigger bargain.

GameplayEdit

  • The Bargain Game is played with two prizes. Each one has a "bargain price" that is below its actual retail price.  The contestant wins both prizes if he or she selects the prize that is the bigger bargain - the one with a price that is more below its actual retail price than the other prize.

HistoryEdit

  • When the game premiered on April 22, 1980 (#3652D), Bob Barker was the host. For 28 years, the name was titled as Barker's Bargain Bar.
  • The name stayed when Drew Carey became host; on several early times the game was played, Carey joked that the game was named after some supposedly legendary figure such as "Ezekiel Barker" before later acknowledging Bob when it was played.
  • On January 9, 1996 (#9802D), a new, more solid and more legible "Barker's Bargain Bar" sign was introduced.
  • On November 16, 2000 (#1584K), the game broke down and the panels had to be turned by hand. The game was immediately fixed when it aired on November 20, 2000 (#1591K).
  • The game went under a three-year hiatus after November 4, 2008 (#4492K, aired out of order on October 28, 2008); it eventually returned on April 24, 2012 (#5942K, aired out of order on April 10) with a new set and was retitled to be named as Bargain Game.
  • It was also the first of three pricing games to use the former host's name in the game's name, with the other two being Trader Bob, which premiered one week later on April 29, 1980 (#3662D), and Barker's Markers, which premiered on September 12, 1994 (#9261D) (renamed Make Your Mark for its single playing on the Doug Davidson version and when Carey took over).
  • On March 5, 2013 (#6252K), a contestant named Jioconda Ruadale won a $20,000 bonus for being the first person on stage to win their pricing game during PCH week. It was played in the first slot.
  • On September 22, 2014 (#6811K), as part of Price's 43rd Season Premiere, the Bargain Game offered, for the first time ever, not one, but two new cars, but the game was lost when contestant Bridget Kelly picked the Mazda 2 Sport as the bigger bargain than the Nissan Versa S Plus.
  • On January 2, 2017 (#7751K), a contestant named Sheila Thompson won a $20,000 bonus for being the first person on stage to win their pricing game during Publishers Clearing House week. It was played in the second slot.
  • On February 24, 2017 (#7825K) during Celebrity Charity Week, the orange semicircles were added to the price display podiums, but does not immediately become permanent.
  • On November 22, 2017 (#8103K) (aka the Thanksgiving College Rivals), Brooke Meitzler (Ole Miss) won trips to Costa Rica and Canada, and Julianna Bostrom (Mississippi State) was denied!

TriviaEdit

  • The most number of times this game was played in any season was 48.
  • This pricing game was the first to premiere in the 1980s.
  • The show's official documentation called this game Bargain Game, even while Barker was still hosting.
  • Bargain Game, then known as Barker's Bargain Bar, was one of seven pricing games seen on the second taping session of Season 36, which was seen on October 16, 2007 (#4042K, aired out of order on October 29), October 22, 2007 (#4051K, aired out of order on December 6), October 30, 2007 (#4062K, aired out of order on October 15), November 8, 2007 (#4074K, aired out of order on January 22, 2008), November 16, 2008 (#4085K, aired out of order on November 21), and November 21, 2007 (#4093K, aired out of order on October 22). It was also one of three "old" pricing games seen on the seventh taping session of the season, which was seen on November 27, 2007 (#4012K, aired out of order on November 5), December 3, 2007 (#4111K, aired out of order on November 12), December 14, 2007 (#4125K, aired out of order on November 2), January 9, 2008 (#4133K, aired out of order on January 7), January 17, 2008 (#4144K, aired out of order on January 14), and January 22, 2008 (#4152K, aired out of order on January 29).

Foreign versions Edit

The game is played the same way in many other versions, but with name changes:

  • United Kingdom - referred to as "Bruce's Bargain Bar" (on Bruce's Price is Right)
  • Mexico and Spain - referred to as simply "La Ganga" (The Bargain)

GalleryEdit

Barker's Bargain BarEdit

Premiere Playing (April 22, 1980, #3652D)Edit

From June 20, 1980 (#3735D)Edit

Barker's Bargain Bar for an Apple Home Computer and a Kawasaki Jet Ski (April 22, 1981, #4093D)Edit

Barker's Bargain Bar for a Baker's Rack and a Honda CM250 Motorcycle (December 1, 1983, #5104D)Edit

Barker's Bargain Bar for a Bar Set and a 1932 Ford Lil Street Rod ½ Scale Replica (October 27, 1987, #6622D)Edit

Barker's Bargain Bar for a Pearl Grandfather Clock and a 1910 Ford Model T Replica (November 25, 1987, #6663D)Edit

Barker's Bargain Bar for a Grandmother Clock and A Simpsons Arcade Game (September 9, 1991, #8091D)Edit

Barker's Bargain Bar for a Flaxsteel Sofa and a Deluxe Indy Mini Car (December 13, 1994, #9392D)Edit

Barker's Bargain Bar with the Broken Electronics (May 22, 1995, #9601D)Edit

Barker's Bargain Bar for a Piano and a Honda XR-200R Motorcycle (March 28, 1996, #9914D)Edit

Barker's Bargain Bar for a Pearl Finish Bar Set and a Byrd Prowler Jr. Car (October 13, 1997, #0481K)Edit

Barker's Bargain Bar for a Suzuki BS80 Motorbike and a Gay 90's Popcorn Cart (September 27, 1999, #1191K)Edit

Barker's Bargain Bar for a Dinette Set and a Byrd Deluxe Indy Mini Car (November 11, 1999, #1254K)Edit

Barker's (Broken) Bargain Bar (October 30, 2000, #1561K)Edit

Barker's Bargain Bar for a Leisure Product Systems Wine Refrigerator and a Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD Motorcycle (November 25, 2002, #2321K)Edit

Barker's Bargain Bar for a Transitional Outdoor Power Tarantula QuadCycle and a Johnston Casuals 3pc Bar Set (April 14, 2003, #2501K)Edit

A Record-Breaking $5,000 Bargain in Barker's Bargain Bar (December 1, 2003, #2701K)Edit

Final Playing with Bob Barker (June 13, 2007, #4033K)Edit

From April 21, 2008 (#4301K)Edit

Barker's Bargain Bar for a Sunlite Drum Kit and a Stewart Golf X3R Golf Caddie (October 6, 2008, #4451K, aired out of order on December 5 as the final playing under "Barker's Bargain Bar")Edit

Last Loss Under "Barker's Bargain Bar" (October 28, 2008, #4482K, aired out of order on October 14)Edit

Final Playing as "Barker's Bargain Bar" (November 4, 2008, #4492K, aired out of order on October 28)Edit

Bargain GameEdit

First Playing as Bargain Game (April 24, 2012, #5942K, aired out of order on April 10)Edit

First Winner Under Bargain Game (May 18, 2012, #5975K)Edit

Bargain Game for a Bachelor Party in Atlantic City and a Bachelorette Party in Las Vegas (June 4, 2012, #6001K)Edit

Bargain Game for 2 Cars From the 43rd Season Premiere (September 22, 2014, #6811K)Edit

Sheila's $20,000 PCH Win (January 2, 2017, #7751K)Edit

Christian Plays Bargain Game with Chris O'Donnell (February 24, 2017, #7825K)Edit

From January 4, 2018 (#8154K, aired out of order on November 2, 2017)Edit

Bargain Game for a Vespa Sprint 50 Motorscooter and a Sea-Doo Spark 2-Up Watercraft (June 11, 2018, #8381K)Edit

Rachel's Trip Package and Cash Equivalent Win (October 8, 2018, #8441K, aired out of order on October 11)Edit

Thanksgiving Bargain Game (November 21, 2018, #8503K)Edit

Bargain Game for an LG 55" 4K OLED TV and an Arctic Cat ZR200 ES Snowmobile (January 31, 2019, #8604K)Edit

Bargain Game for 2 Cars From Dream Car Week (February 22, 2019, #8635K, aired out of order on May 31)Edit

Bargain Game for a Whirlpool French-Door Refrigerator and a Trailmaster 150 XRS Go-Kart (April 23, 2019, #8722K, aired out of order on April 16)Edit

A Bargain Game Win With Sandra's Winnings Added to the Showcase Jackpot (October 18, 2019, #8855K, aired out of order on October 16)Edit

Bargain Game for a His & Hers Retro Clothing and a 27" iMac Computer with a 1957 Chevy Pedestal (October 31, 2019, #8874K)Edit

Bargain Game with Tiffany Coyne from Let's Make a Deal (November 18, 2019, #8901K, aired out of order on March 23, 2020)Edit

Bargain Game for an Envy 34" HP Desktop Computer w/Epson Printer and a Yamaha TTR-125LE & TTR-50E Off-Road Motorcycles (December 24, 2019, #8952K)Edit

YouTube VideosEdit

Barker's Bargain Bar playing
Final Playing under Barker's Bargain Bar
Bargain Bar reborn as 'Bargain Game'
First win under 'Bargain Game'
Double Car Playing

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