Double Prices is the simplest pricing game of all and the last of the three played on the premiere show.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
- The contestant is shown two prices, one of which is the right price. If you choose the right price, you win the prize. The higher price is on the top and the lower price is on the bottom.
- For Episodes 3, 4, and 6 (#003N, #004N, and #006N, respectively) of Dennis James' version, the game was played with two prizes. So in effect, that version was called "Double Double Prices".
- Traditionally Double Prices is considered a "time saver" game due to its fast gameplay and frequently appears on episodes with pricing games that take longer to play.
History[edit | edit source]
- Double Prices was the very first pricing game to be lost on its first playing but got its very first win the next day (#0012D, aired out of order on September 6, 1972).
- Overall, Double Prices has been played more times than any other pricing game with Most Expensive as the second-highest ranked pricing game played.
- On May 18, 1977 (#2383D), the game still didn't get its title but the podium had changed. For full proof, see above.
- On March 21, 1983 (#4851D), the third blue podium was introduced, with the show's original logo in white letters with the yellow price down dollar sign.
- On January 14, 1987 (#6333D), the fourth Double Prices podium premiered, but it was in black. Not only that, but the game also got its title and the show's logo got colored to match what was on the big doors.
- On February 6, 1987 (#6365D), the fourth Double Prices podium has taken on its normal, blue appearance.
- On June 7, 2001 (#1844K), the font style of the "Double Prices" logo changed.
- The original logo returned on April 1, 2011 (#5505K) as a specially made prop for a joke. When Drew pressed the button, the logo fell, revealing a bunch of groceries and smoke. The logo was brought back for good on April 28, 2011 (#5544K).
- As of May 7, 2009 (#4744K), whenever a trip is displayed on the audience monitor, it is played in front of the contestant's row.
- On October 22, 2013 (#6462K, aired out of order on October 8), a contestant named Vernon Johnson 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 fourth slot.
- Since the fourth Double Prices podium debuted in 1987, the Double Prices logo was absent four times-- October 4, 1995 (#9673D), January 10, 1996 (#9803D), November 1, 1996 (#0115K) and November 20, 1996 (#0143K).
- During Bob Barker's final episode that aired on: June 15, 2007 (#4035K), Double Prices was played for a car that was worth $29,560, and was won.
- On March 24, 2017 (#7865K, aired out of order on March 31), the College Rivals episode, former WWE ring announcer Lilián Garcia (South Carolina) won a $10,747 trip to London, England, while Dulcinea Harju (Clemson) was denied.
- On September 20, 2017 (#8013K, aired out of order on September 22), Double Prices got a new gameboard, the same shape as the 1987 gameboard, and operated the same way.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The most number of times this game was played in any season was 83.
- It was the last of 3 pricing games to premiere in the premiere episode on September 4, 1972 (#0011D). The other 2 were Any Number and Bonus Game.
- Double Prices was one of seven pricing games seen in the first taping session of season 36, which was seen on October 15, 2007 (#4041K, aired out of order on October 16), October 23, 2007 (#4052K, aired out of order on November 1), November 1, 2007 (#4064K, aired out of order on October 24), November 9, 2007 (#4075K, aired out of order on November 6), November 14, 2007 (#4083K, aired out of order on November 27), and November 19, 2007 (#4091K, aired out of order on December 11). It was also one of three "old" pricing games seen in the sixth taping session of the season, which was seen on November 26, 2007 (#4101K) with guest Wayne Newton, December 4, 2007 (#4112K), December 12, 2007 (#4123K), January 7, 2008 (#4131K, aired out of order on January 9), January 18, 2008 (#4145K), and January 23, 2008 (#4153K).
Foreign versions of Double Prices[edit | edit source]
- The game is played the same way in other parts of the world, with the only notable difference being the game's name:
- Mexico: "Con Melon o Con Sandia?" (With Cantaloupe or With Watermelon? players chose the price by saying the name of the melon attached to the price rather than the price itself.)
- UK: "Double Price Tags" (at least during Bruce Forsyth's run)
- Australia: "Two Price Tags" (at least during Larry Emdur's runs)
Gallery[edit | edit source]
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YouTube Videos[edit | edit source]
A Minor Cruise Ship Prop Problem in Double Prices (November 3, 1980, #3851D)
Debut of Double Prices' Fourth Podium (January 14, 1987, #6333D)
A Technical Mishap in Double Prices (November 19, 2008, #4513K, aired out of order on November 12)
Double Prices for a Kawasaki Ninja 650 Motorcycle (June 10, 2013, #6391K, aired out-of-order on May 9, 2013)
Debut of the Fifth Double Prices Podium (September 20, 2017, #8013K, aired out of order on September 22)
Double Price for a Mini Cooper (September 17, 2018, #8411K)
A Double Prices Win with a Tesla Bonus (September 26, 2019, #8824K, aired out of order on September 23)
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