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27th Jan '18 4:50:33 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' (and many other MerrillHeatter-Bob Quigley produced shows) had consolation prize packages that often totaled $1,500 and these were nice gifts! (For instance, on one Heatter-Quigley show, the loser walked away with a photo session at Olan Mills studios, a microwave oven (and a couple other kitchen appliances), a water softener, a $300 Iowa Pork Producers gift certificate, and some Sarah Coventry jewelry. Other contestants have received things such as two-night stays at a local resort, encyclopedias, gift certificates to clothing stores, car care packages and much more. Keep in mind this is what the loser receives!)

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* ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' (and many other MerrillHeatter-Bob Creator/MerrillHeatter-Bob Quigley produced shows) had consolation prize packages that often totaled $1,500 and these were nice gifts! (For instance, on one Heatter-Quigley show, the loser walked away with a photo session at Olan Mills studios, a microwave oven (and a couple other kitchen appliances), a water softener, a $300 Iowa Pork Producers gift certificate, and some Sarah Coventry jewelry. Other contestants have received things such as two-night stays at a local resort, encyclopedias, gift certificates to clothing stores, car care packages and much more. Keep in mind this is what the loser receives!)
4th Jan '18 1:40:03 PM Briguy52748
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** If the contestants misses buckets 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 on ''[[Series/TheBozoShow Bozo's Grand Prize Game]]'', they keep the prize (If they miss bucket 1, they just keep on going until the ping-pong ball lands in bucket 1).

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** If the contestants misses buckets 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 on ''[[Series/TheBozoShow Bozo's Grand Prize Game]]'', they keep the prize(s) matched to the last bucket they were successful on. [[note]](A base prize (If they miss was won for success with the first bucket, with the contestant winning both that prize and more items for bucket 2, then that prize package and more for bucket 3, and so on, until a grand prize was offered for the last bucket.)[[/note]] (In some markets, if the contestant missed bucket 1, they just keep on going tried again until successfully landing the ping-pong ball lands in ball; this varied through the years, however, and depending on the market and/or year, a miss on the first bucket 1).still netted them a prize such as a towel with Bozo's likeness on it or a balsam-wood airplane).
3rd Jan '18 1:21:21 PM Briguy52748
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*** Several of the on-stage pricing games that featured small prizes still allowed the contestants to keep whichever small prizes they correctly guessed a pricing question to, even if they lost.
10th Oct '17 6:26:47 PM Dravencour
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[[caption-width-right:350:Ow... right in the pride...]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Ow... right in the pride...]]
[[caption-width-right:350:"Oh, what a day!"]]
24th Sep '17 1:32:44 AM KidDynamite
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24th Sep '17 1:30:52 AM KidDynamite
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* One of the things notable about ''Series/YouBetYourLife'' with Creator/GrouchoMarx. He didn't want anyone to go away empty-handed, and if someone fared poorly, he would ask them a very easy question (like "What color is George Washington's white horse?") so they at least got something.


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* During the Richard Dawson era of ''Series/FamilyFeud'', if a family won only a small amount (less than $100), he would bump it up to $250.
29th Aug '17 1:08:16 PM WillyFourEyes
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* The ''Stacker'' UsefulNotes/ArcadeGame lets you pick a "Consolation Prize!" when you're close to the top. However, you only have one opportunity to take said prize - losing while going for the Major Prizes gets you nothing. That said, since the minor prizes are things like pencils and small plastic toys and the major prizes are usually video game consoles or iPods, not too many people choose the consolation prize.

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* The ''Stacker'' UsefulNotes/ArcadeGame lets you pick a "Consolation Prize!" when you're close to the top. However, you only have one opportunity to take said prize - [[AllOrNothing losing while going for the Major Prizes gets you nothing.nothing]]. That said, since the minor prizes are things like pencils and small plastic toys and the major prizes are usually video game consoles or iPods, not too many people choose the consolation prize.
22nd Aug '17 6:25:17 AM CosmicFerret
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* One ''{{Garfield}}'' comic strip spoofs this with a TV show announcer revealing that the lovely prizes for the runner-ups are tickets to "LOSER-ville!" Garfield thinks that there's finally one game show that's got that part right.

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* One ''{{Garfield}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' comic strip spoofs this with a TV show announcer revealing that the lovely prizes for the runner-ups are tickets to "LOSER-ville!" Garfield thinks that there's finally one game show that's got that part right.
24th Jul '17 1:17:08 AM infernape612
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* In pro sports like football or hockey, missing out on the post-season playoffs hurts bad for any team and its fanbase. However, the team and their fans can occasionally enjoy some ''[[WeWonBecauseYouDidnt schadenfreude]]'' and get some of their pride back if they still play well enough to ruin the playoff hopes of whichever other team is their major [[TheRival rival]].

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* In pro sports like football or hockey, missing out on the post-season playoffs hurts bad for any team and its fanbase. However, the team and their fans can occasionally enjoy some ''[[WeWonBecauseYouDidnt ''[[WeWinBecauseYouDidnt schadenfreude]]'' and get some of their pride back if they still play well enough to ruin the playoff hopes of whichever other team is their major [[TheRival rival]].
27th Jun '17 5:11:23 PM nombretomado
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* In Britain and the Commonwealth the traditional consolation prize is a wooden spoon. TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wooden_spoon_(award) has a whole article on this]]; it started at Cambridge University as a prize for the lowest-scoring Maths student to still earn a degree, but was eventually discontinued. The Six Nations rugby tournament awards a (theoretical) "wooden spoon" to the overall losing side, and many smaller quizzes, competitions and tournaments will give away a real one (sometimes with some kind of decoration, as a kind of anti-trophy, but sometimes just an everyday kitchen utensil).

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* In Britain and the Commonwealth the traditional consolation prize is a wooden spoon. TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wooden_spoon_(award) has a whole article on this]]; it started at Cambridge University as a prize for the lowest-scoring Maths student to still earn a degree, but was eventually discontinued. The Six Nations rugby tournament awards a (theoretical) "wooden spoon" to the overall losing side, and many smaller quizzes, competitions and tournaments will give away a real one (sometimes with some kind of decoration, as a kind of anti-trophy, but sometimes just an everyday kitchen utensil).
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