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Friday, December 31, 2010

TPiRetro: 22 December 1983 (Christmas Week '83)


As I continue to bug-swat this format and work out all the kinks, let's go retro once more... this time back to Christmas week 1983. Enjoy this visit from the Ghost of Price-mas Past!

Episode #: Unknown
Airdate: 22 December 1983
VTR: Unknown
First Four: Karen, Heather, Doris, Chauncey (L-R)
Today's Models
: Hallstrom, Parkinson & Pennington, Attorneys at Law (North Pole Coutiers)
Three days before Christmas, Bob has the entire Peanut Gallery do their best Santa-style "Ho ho ho." After an impressive showing, Bob quips "I had no idea this audience was so full of ho!"

1. Barcana Alaskan artifical Christmas tree w/wreath, garland & decorations
Karen
Heather
Doris
Chauncey
$225
$250
$175
$1

ARP: $1,152


This one's for all those who say the bidding used to be better back in the day. ;^P

Temptation:
1984 Dodge Shelby Charger (FWD, 2.4L, CA emission, power steering, AT)
Sun-Twin portable electric heater
$349
9



Fay Swafford 8pc luggage set
$300
9
3


Lumiscope digital blood pressure monitor
$70
9
3
7

American Bell Genesis telephone system
$550
9
3
7
5

Changes: None
9
3
7
5

Heather risks $1,269 in prizes...

9
3
7
5
9
3
7


...but before we pop open that last digit, time for a little of the patented Bob Barker Torture Reveal™! He "accidentally" presses that last button in such a way that it won't open, then concludes "We'll never know! I'm sorry, you'll have to call tomorrow and we'll tell you!" Heather insists, however, so Bob invites her to hit the button herself... and of course it works then, to reveal...

9
3
7
5
9
3
7
5
WIN!


...the correct digit! (Reassurance, perhaps, that this game CAN be won... even if it takes a nearly-forced setup to do it!)


2. Casablanca ceiling fanw/light
Karen
Betty
Doris
Chauncey
$525
$450
$485
$505
ARP: $776


Trader Bob:
Whirlpool kitchen appliances (refrigerator/dishwasher/range; $2,161)

Ah, a retired game rears its head! Trader Bob (Pricing Game #45, 29 April 1980 - 19 November 1985) is a SP game played very much like Give or Keep; you begin with a base SP and are shown a pair of additional prizes, from which you must trade your item for the one worth more than what you started with. That prize then becomes the base for the next pair. A total of three pairs of SPs are played, and if you trade up all three times -- that is to say, if the prices of the four SPs you kept increase in value from low to high -- you win the game. Win or lose, you keep the prizes you traded for.

Sounds confusing? Don't worry, it'll all make sense in the gameplay...

Base: Bissel Zoom Broom carpet sweeper

Pair #1:
Carpet sweeper for...
Conair Clean Air III air purifier
True Value EZ Care paint
TRADE
$19


Pair #2:
Air purifier for...
Haggar jeans
Ansco Disc camera
$30
TRADE

Heh... remember the Disc camera, that unholy love child of the Instamatic and a View-Master? Amazing...

Pair #3:
Camera for...
Fiskars scissors set
West Bend 12" automatic skillet
$51
TRADE

Whoops! When this pair was brought out, the flap covering the ARP of the scissors was already exposed. "That might help you out in this trade," Bob quips, but Karen opted for the skillet anyway. Not the smartest move, I would think... but we'll see what happens. (Note that this does not constitute a technical-win situation, because the price of the camera -- which is what the next SP had to be worth more than -- was still an unknown factor.)

Carpet sweeper
Air purifier
Camera
Skillet
$26
$40
$67
$76

WIN!

But if she had it anyway, then technical wins don't really matter!

"You know," sayeth Bobbeth, "if we were to open the prices on all of these, this'd be an easy game!"

3. Snark Sundancer sailboat
Vicki
Betty
Doris
Chauncey
$800
$795
$725
$840

ARP: $779


Double Prices:
Sherwood modular sofa


$1,500
WIN!
$1,500


$2,100



Showcase Showdown #1:
Doris
95

.95
WIN

Karen
70
35
1.05


Heather
55
95
1.50




Ah, to be in California when winter arrives... George comes on down to the Row wearing shorts! Right in the middle of all these festive Christmas decorations, too! What is this, Australia? ;^)

4. Tappan trash compactor
Vicki
Betty
George
Chauncey
$339
$349
$470
$525
ARP: $340


Take Two:
  • Pearl grandfather clock
  • Pair of Easy-Rest Beauty Lounger recliners
  • Corsican wrought-iron baker's rack
  • Yamaha Riva scooter

Target: $1,930

Try #1
Clock
$
1050

Recliners
$

Baker's rack
$
880

Scooter
$

TOTAL
$1,930
WIN!





5. Louis XIV desk
Vicki M.
Betty
George
Chauncey
$650
$699
$710
$711



ARP: $1,020

Chauncey avoids becoming buzzard bait in time for Dice Game:
1984 Chevrolet Chevette hatchback (AM radio, tinted glass, CA emission, AT, and more options than you can shake a Plinko stick at)

Roll #1
6
YES
Roll #2
6
NO
Roll #3
4
NO
Roll #4
6
NO

6

6


6

6

4

6

6
5

4
WIN!




6. Pair of Vitamaster exersice bikes
(Train spotted -- with the old "wolf whistle" no less!)
Vicki M.
Betty
George
Marsha
$700
$500
$501
$625

OVER


$400
$379
$401
$475

ARP: $480

Back in the days before pedantic English teachers discovered our show, we called it Now....and Then (Apr 1979):
RCA 45" projection TV ($3,500)
  • Puritan vegetable oil
  • Oodles of Noodles ramen
  • King's Hawaiian bread (16 oz)
  • Halls cough tablets
  • Lawry's taco shells
  • Reese's peanut butter chips


Vegetable
oil

Peanut butter
chips
76¢
1: THEN
Ramen
noodles
$1.81
4: NOW
THEN
31¢
2: NOW
NOW


NOW
Taco
shells

Bread
61¢
Cough
tablets
$1.19
3: NOW


$1.15
THEN
PERFECT SHOW!!!



Vicki M., Betty, and George receive parting gifts that the YouTube uploader didn't see fit to include.

Showcase Showdown #2:

Vicki
15
75
.90

Marsha
95

.95
WIN

Chauncey
20
10
.30



Showcases: Marsha top winner, Doris runner-up.

1. Ultimate Dining Room
  • Keller dining room group
    • Metlox dinnerware
    • Queen carpet (35 ft²)
  • Hoover Celebrity QX vaccuum cleaner
  • Cable console piano
Marsha passes; Doris bids $4,025.


2. A Pearl of a Showcase
  • Trip to Japan (6n, Tokyo, New Ohtani Hotel & Tower)
  • Michael C. Fina pearl necklace
  • His & hers scuba gear
  • Trip to Tahiti (6n, Hotel Sahara Tahiti)
Marsha bids $8,000.


Moment of Truth:
Doris
Dining Room
Marsha
Trips
$4,025
Bids
$8,000
$6,023
ARPs
$8,643
$1,998
Results
$643

Marsha wins!


LEADER BOARD: Episode #
Marsha
$12,623

Heather
$11,796

Chauncey
$7,584

Karen
$3,146

Doris
$2,279

Vicki
Over $2,270
TOTAL WINNINGS
Over $39,698
(86.83% of a revealed $45,721)





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