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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 and Barker's Markers (renamed Make Your Mark, which premiered on September 12, 1994 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 the contestant 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.

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.

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"

GalleryEdit

2-Car playing

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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