- Bargain Hunters
show_name = Bargain Hunters
format = Game Show
runtime = 30 minutes
creator = Merrill Heatter Productions
country = USA
network = ABC
July 6, 1987
September 4, 1987
num_episodes = 45
"Bargain Hunters" was a game show that aired on ABC in the summer of 1987, hosted by
Peter Tomarken. The series combined elements of The Price Is Rightwith home shopping.
ABC had not aired game show on its daytime schedule for close to a year prior to the debut of this show. The show was canceled after nine weeks and replaced by reruns of "
Each episode featured six contestants, with two competing in each of three separate games. The winner of each game advanced to the Super Savers round.
Tomarken announced an item and asked whether or not it would be a bargain at a certain price. For example, "Would 8 ounces of Beluga Caviar be a bargain at $350?" Players buzzed-in to guess. Getting it right won a point (indicated by a diamond lit on their podium). Getting it wrong meant their opponent received a point. The first player to get three points won the round and received a bonus prize.
Five prizes were shown on stage, each with a price tag. Four were bargains (with a price marked below the retail price), but one was marked above its actual value; this was called the "Trap". Players went back and forth, picking items they believed were bargains. If one of them picked the trap, they automatically lost and their opponent won the round, along with whatever prizes they had already chosen. If the Trap was the first item picked, their opponent won the Trap.
If both players picked two bargains, leaving only the Trap, then a tiebreaker was played. Both players wrote down what they believed was the mark-up added to the actual price of the Trap. The player who came closest won.
A prize was shown and players chose a price from three choices. The prizes were selected from stores across the country, and listed at a closeout price. Tomarken would announce the store’s name and location before each item. Each player locked in their choice, and a right answer won a point. The one with the most points after three prizes won the round, and received all three prizes shown.
If there was a tie after three prizes, a fourth was brought out. This time the players weren’t shown any choices; the two would have to write down what they believed was the price. Whoever came closest won.
End game: Super Savers
The three winners came onstage to play the final round. Seven prizes were shown, each with a price tag. All are bargains, some bigger than others.
Each player chose three prizes that they believed would save them the most money. The player who saved the most money was declared the winner, won the three prizes they selected plus a grand prize (usually a trip, but a car was the grand prize at least once).
After every game, a trumpet fanfare sounded signifying a "Bargain Shopper" segment. Home viewers were offered an item at a bargain price, and could call a number to order it. Usually the item being offered was just seen in the previous game. The three items were shown again at the end of the show.
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