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Bargain Game (first titled as "Barker's Bargain Bar") is a pricing game in which the contestant has to choose which one of two prizes is the bigger bargain.

Gameplay[]

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.

History[]

  • When the game premiered on April 22, 1980 (#3652D), Bob Barker was the host. For 28 years, the name was titled 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 fixed when it next 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, playing Bargain Game in the first slot. On January 2, 2017 (#7751K), Sheila Thompson also won the $20,000 PCH bonus for being the first person to win their pricing game, playing this game in the second slot.
  • On September 22, 2014 (#6811K), as part of Price's 43rd Season Premiere, the Bargain Game offered two new cars for the first time, 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 February 24, 2017 (#7825K), orange semicircles were temporarily added to the price display podiums for Celebrity Charity Week. They were removed soon after.
  • 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.
  • On February 22, 2019 (#8635K, aired out of order on May 31), Bargain Game was played for a $15,595 2019 Chevy Spark LS and a $16,953 2019 Nissan Versa S Plus. It was won, for a grand total of $32,548.
  • Starting on the Essential Workers special on October 27, 2020 (#039SP), the game's first primetime appearance as Bargain Game, and continuing through the 49th season, a single model operated both podiums due to COVID-19. The two-model system returned with the game's first playing of season 50, on September 14, 2021 (#9511K, originally scheduled for September 20).

Trivia[]

  • 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.
  • This game is one of many games with a 50% chance of winning. Its sale prices are similar to retired games Buy or Sell and Clearance Sale.
  • The cash amount of the bargain almost always ends with two zeroes, so the last two numbers of the prizes are almost always the true last two numbers.
  • In its early days, the bargain differential was usually $200 or $300. These days, the bigger bargain tends to be around double the amount of the smaller bargain.

Foreign versions[]

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 "La Ganga" (The Bargain)

Gallery[]

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YouTube Videos[]

Barker's Bargain Bar playing (April 22, 1980, #3652D)
Last Playing with the Neon Sign (January 3, 1996, #9793D)
Final Playing under Barker's Bargain Bar (November 4, 2008 #4492K, aired out of order October 28, 2008)
First win under 'Bargain Game'(May 18, 2012, #5975K)
Jeremy wins Bargain Game (April 23, 2013, #6322K, aired out of order on April 22, 2013)
Double Car Playing (September 22, 2014, #6811K)

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