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5th Feb '16 9:07:27 AM nlpnt
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*** Arguably, almost all the shopping-era prizes that weren't big-ticket electronics, trips, cars or *maybe* furs qualify; what was left were a bunch of knickknacks at Beverly Hills prices that the winner then owed sales tax on.
24th Jan '16 1:14:17 PM MarkLungo
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** Doug Davidson's 1994 syndicated ''Price'' offered a Watara {{Supervision}} as a prize on the first aired episode. Just like this version of the show, it was long forgotten.
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** Doug Davidson's 1994 syndicated ''Price'' offered a Watara {{Supervision}} UsefulNotes/{{Supervision}} as a prize on the first aired episode. Just like this version of the show, it was long forgotten.

** Of all the video game systems available in [[TheNineties the early-to-mid 1990s]], ''Series/LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple'' offered a UsefulNotes/PhilipsCDi. Yes, the same CD-i that is home to such titles as ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames'' and ''VideoGame/HotelMario''. They also offered a {{Supervision}} as a final prize.
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** Of all the video game systems available in [[TheNineties the early-to-mid 1990s]], ''Series/LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple'' offered a UsefulNotes/PhilipsCDi. Yes, the same CD-i that is home to such titles as ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames'' and ''VideoGame/HotelMario''. They also offered a {{Supervision}} UsefulNotes/{{Supervision}} as a final prize.

21st Jan '16 5:34:52 PM nombretomado
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* There are a number of titles on {{Steam}} whose revenue seems to come near exclusively from people who wait until the game goes on sale for ''less than a dollar'' and then gift it to their "friends" (it used to be even worse, because gifts would go straight into your game library instead of your inventory where you can theoretically re-gift them). The most notorious examples are likely ''VideoGame/BadRatsTheRatsRevenge'' and ''Secret Of The Magic Crystals''. (Any budding game developers out there need not get any bright ideas; the advent of Steam Greenlight means that indie games must be vetted by the userbase before becoming available.)
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* There are a number of titles on {{Steam}} UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} whose revenue seems to come near exclusively from people who wait until the game goes on sale for ''less than a dollar'' and then gift it to their "friends" (it used to be even worse, because gifts would go straight into your game library instead of your inventory where you can theoretically re-gift them). The most notorious examples are likely ''VideoGame/BadRatsTheRatsRevenge'' and ''Secret Of The Magic Crystals''. (Any budding game developers out there need not get any bright ideas; the advent of Steam Greenlight means that indie games must be vetted by the userbase before becoming available.)
29th Dec '15 9:08:19 PM GordyTepig
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* Referenced in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'', where you can catch Christoph or Nancy on television, playing on a game show. They escape from the jaws of defeat and win the game. Their prize is a [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Dowsing_Machine Dowsing Machine]], which, while somewhat of a useful item, doesn't have them jumping for joy, to say the least.
8th Dec '15 8:36:36 PM PaulA
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In ''Peanuts the Great Dane'' [[spoiler: ,Miss Brooks wins the titular dog after spending the episode trying to get rid of him.]]
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': In ''Peanuts "Peanuts the Great Dane'' [[spoiler: ,Miss Dane", [[spoiler:Miss Brooks wins the titular dog after spending the episode trying to get rid of him.]] ]]
30th Nov '15 6:37:55 PM jameygamer
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** For those of you who don't know what the heck one of those are, a Flokati rug is an area rug usually used in bathrooms because they're soft, feel nice on your feet, and are sound dampeners...and they are in no way comparable to winning a Jet-Ski.
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** For those of you who don't know what the heck one of those are, a Flokati rug is an area rug usually used in bathrooms because they're soft, feel nice on your feet, and are sound dampeners...and they are in no way comparable to winning a Jet-Ski.Jet-Ski (unless you don't live near a lake or ocean or can't swim).
27th Nov '15 10:13:12 AM Bissek
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* Every prize on ''Yogi's Space Race'' is this due to some catch that doesn't get mentioned until the last minute.
23rd Nov '15 4:56:43 PM Hallwings
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Sometimes the prize itself isn't bad, but the circumstances can render it this. For example, a lot of people might like a Jet-Ski or a boat, but if you live in Kansas or Arizona, that can be a little underwhelming. Similarly trips to places such as New York aren't quite as exciting if you actually live there. Because of this kind of thing, most game shows will, behind the scenes, allow you to decline unwanted prizes (and the associated tax hit) without affecting your official win total, or request to receive the prize's cash value instead[[note]]If available in your area. Most game shows in the US do not offer cash value, and only permit you to decline accepting the prize.[[/note]]
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Sometimes the prize itself isn't bad, but the circumstances can render it this. For example, a lot of people might like a Jet-Ski or a boat, but if you live in Kansas or Arizona, that can be a little underwhelming. Similarly trips to places such as New York aren't quite as exciting if you actually live there. Because of this kind of thing, most game shows will, behind the scenes, allow you to decline unwanted prizes (and the associated tax hit) without affecting your official win total, or request to receive the prize's cash value instead[[note]]If instead[[note]](If available in your area. Most game shows in the US do not offer cash value, and only permit you to decline accepting the prize.[[/note]] )[[/note]]

* On an early-1970s episode of ''Series/{{Concentration}}'', during a period when home viewers would win prizes based on the first letter of their surname (turning over that trilon on the board), a viewer in Oklahoma won a motorboat and Bob Clayton was less than impressed. [[SubvertedTrope Shortly afterwards, the show was flooded with brochures of Oklahoma lakes.]] [[note]]In fact, most Okie lakes are man-made in response to the Dust Bowl.[[/note]]
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* On an early-1970s episode of ''Series/{{Concentration}}'', during a period when home viewers would win prizes based on the first letter of their surname (turning over that trilon on the board), a viewer in Oklahoma won a motorboat and Bob Clayton was less than impressed. [[SubvertedTrope Shortly afterwards, the show was flooded with brochures of Oklahoma lakes.]] [[note]]In [[note]](In fact, most Okie lakes are man-made in response to the Dust Bowl.[[/note]])[[/note]]

*** Any Number has three prizes: a car, a somewhat expensive item (such as a kitchen appliance), and the piggy bank (a cash prize below $10). The car is sought after for the big win while the other two prizes are met with disappointment since they are worth far less. The second prize fits this trope the best, since the piggy bank is basically {{lampshade|Hanging}}d to be a {{Zonk}} by the host[[note]]For example, Drew Carey has joked on a few occasions that the contestant who won the paltry cash prize could go out to eat after the show with the money from the bank that they won[[/note]].
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*** Any Number has three prizes: a car, a somewhat expensive item (such as a kitchen appliance), and the piggy bank (a cash prize below $10). The car is sought after for the big win while the other two prizes are met with disappointment since they are worth far less. The second prize fits this trope the best, since the piggy bank is basically {{lampshade|Hanging}}d to be a {{Zonk}} by the host[[note]]For host[[note]](For example, Drew Carey has joked on a few occasions that the contestant who won the paltry cash prize could go out to eat after the show with the money from the bank that they won[[/note]].won)[[/note]].
21st Oct '15 8:57:32 PM Odacon_Spy
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* Used with a dash of [[LaserGuidedKarma karma]] in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'', where the Jetsons and the Spacelys compete in a Series/FamilyFeud-style show. The Jetsons win, but Spacely pressures George into taking the second place prize instead. The Spacelys then receive the grand prize of an unlimited supply of Cogswell's Cogs brand cogs... which horrifies Spacely as Cogswell is his direct competitor.
12th Oct '15 9:06:20 PM eviltwin531
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* The ladies of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' appear on a fictional game show called ''Grab That Dough.'' Blanche and Dorothy win, and after seeing the prizes they refused in Window 1 (living room furniture) and Window 2 (a sports car,) they pull back the curtain on Window 3 to reveal they won... an electric skillet. But that's not all, they also won a lifetime supply of soup!
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