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

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

  • 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 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, 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 PCH 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.
  • 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.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., this pricing game was operated by a Barker's Beauty, in the Essential Workers special on October 27, 2020 (#039SP).

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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).
  • This game is one of many games with a 50% chance of winning. It has similar aspects to retired games such as 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.
  • The bigger bargain is usually around double the amount of the smaller bargain.

Foreign versions[edit | edit source]

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)

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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YouTube Videos[edit | edit source]

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)
Bargain Bar reborn as 'Bargain Game' (April 24, 2012, #5942K, aired out of order April 10, 2012)
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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