Credit Card (pricing game)


Credit Card (pricing game)

Credit Card is a pricing game on the American television game show, "The Price Is Right". Debuting on December 7, 1987, it is played for five prizes, each worth between $200 and $3,000.

Gameplay

The contestant is presented with a large credit card, which is inserted into an ATM, which then displays a "credit limit" (usually $1,800 to $2,500). The player must select three prizes whose prices total below the credit limit to win all five prizes. The prizes are selected one at a time, and the price is deducted from the credit limit after each selection.

Credit Card is the logical antithesis of Shopping Spree, as the object is to spend "at most" the given amount. Furthermore, the credit limit is selected such that the simplified objective of the game is to choose the three cheapest prizes (whereas in Shopping Spree, the goal is to choose the most expensive items). Apart from their opposing goals and the fact that Shopping Spree uses four prizes to Credit Card's five, the games are played the same way.

In the event of a loss (when the contestant goes over the credit limit), three yellow markers pop up above the prizes that the contestant should have selected; On occasion, bloopers have occurred when "all five" markers raised upward.

The credit card prop that is inserted into the set is a piece of cardboard and thus serves no technical purpose for displaying the credit limit (as seen on one Carey episode when he asked for the credit limit "before" inserting the card). Nevertheless, it "was" printed with an expiration date, too small to be legible on air. Originally, it was December 2007, meaning that the card has "expired", but this has not been acknowledged on-air by the host, contestants, or production staff.


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