Series: Bargain Hunters
Short-lived 1987 ABC Game Show created by Merrill Heatter and hosted by Peter Tomarken which tried to combine the essence of the increasingly-popular home shopping craze with that of a certain other game show. Three pairs of contestants competed in three separate minigames, always in this order:
- Bargain Quiz - the players had to guess whether an item at a certain price was a bargain; first to three won the game and a bonus prize.
- Bargain Trap - the players alternated picking from five prizes, avoiding the one marked up from its actual price; the winner kept the prizes they chose.
- Bargain Busters - the players tried to correctly guess the closeout price a certain store gave a stated item; best-of-three won the game and the prizes.
Game Show Tropes in use:
- Bonus Round: The Super Savers round, in a way.
- Home Participation Sweepstakes: Actually closer to a Home Participation Offer.
This series provides examples of:
- Expy: Price has done two games prominently involving bargains — Barker's Bargain Bar (now simply called Bargain Game) and $uper $aver. The bonus round of Hunters is very close to the latter, which involved picking four grocery items marked down to various degrees and trying to save a certain amount...except Hunters was competitive and didn't have a target amount.
- And Bargain Trap? Hello, Trivia Trap.
- Minigame Game
- Product Placement: Price has Promotional Consideration in its prize descriptions pretty much by design, but they don't turn into QVC and give you a phone number to buy the items featured on the show! They've done Home Participation Sweepstakes on their website with a similar concept, but its still nothing like this.
- Recycled Soundtrack: The music cue for the home shopping segments turned up again on The Last Word, a Merrill Heatter word game from 1989.