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A different version of the Grocery Game where the contestant had to guess prices for products and get within a certain limit higher or lower to win.

Gameplay[]

  • One by one, the contestant is asked to give a price for five grocery items. After all five prices are guessed, the contestant's guesses are totaled.
  • The actual prices for the five grocery items are then revealed, one at a time. If the contestant's total is within $2 of the actual total above or below, the contestant wins a prize. The words "WIN" or "LOSS" would light up showing if the contestant won or not (the display is in red).
  • This is one of three pricing games in which the contestant can go over the actual total and still win; Spelling Bee and Rat Race, which involves pricing small prizes, have this similarity.

History[]

  • Check-Out premiered on January 28, 1982 (#4374D), and was created by Kathy Greco and Barbara Hunter, both production assistants. On its first playing, it was lost.
  • The original winning range was 50 cents. On January 11, 1983 (#4752D), Barker thought it was tough when it first premiered and thought it should be $1 if necessary, but 80% of the players at the time were winners. 14 years later, his request came true on April 3, 1996 (#9923D) with the range set to $1, before being raised to its current spread of $2 on October 13, 2003 (#2631K).
  • The game's actual price display, where it was originally a vane display, is now an egg-crate display. The display for the contestant's guesses and total remains a vane display. The game was not played from September 29, 1995 (#9665D) until April 3, 1996 (#9923D) in order to fix the display. The current look debuted on December 19, 2000 (#1632K). Also, for many years, the game's set included a "calculator" that the models used to enter the contestant's guesses. The calculator was removed on February 23, 2001 (#1713K), largely because the buttons no longer actually had a functional purpose, a fact which had inadvertently been made obvious on-the-air during one of its last appearances.
  • On three occasions, including the recent occurrence on July 4, 2008 (#4405K), the contestant has arrived at an exactly correct total, though never with perfect bids on each item.
  • During Price's "Youth Week" on March 23, 2018 (#8265K), Check-Out was played for $20,000 and was won.

Trivia[]

  • The most number of times this game was played in any season was 19.

International versions[]

On international versions, there was a different range featured on these versions:

  • The Price Is Right (2012, Australia): The winning range was AU$2.
  • El precio es correcto (Colombia): The winning range was COL$2000.
  • OK, Il Prezzo è Giusto! (Italy): The winning range was ₤1000 (50c). The actual prices were also revealed manually in this version.
  • Atínale al Precio (2010, Mexico): The winning range was MX$20.
  • El precio justo (1988, Spain): The contestant is shown four prizes, guessing the price of each one and giving a final total that should be within a certain margin (usually 400₧ [~€2.50]) without going over.
  • Bruce's Price Is Right (United Kingdom): The winning range was £1.

Gallery[]

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YouTube Videos[]

Check-Out Perfection (July 4, 2008, #4405K)
Check-Out for a Dodge Dart SE (March 19, 2013, #6272K, aired out of order on May 2, 2013)

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