~~I think they should do away with the "come on downs" because the person doesn't have to price anything in order to qualify for contestants row. ~~ #notserious
I agree with CBSpromoman's points 100%. I get why some people don't like the wheel because it doesn't involve pricing, but it serves its purpose well. It gives all 3 people involved an equal shot at the showcase and can even provide somebody who didn't win anything in their pricing game another chance to win something should they advance to the showcase. Sure there's other ideas that would work just as well as a qualifying round for the showcase like "The Price WAS Right" from TnPIR '94, but the wheel creates suspense, rewards you for a perfect spin of $1.00 not once but twice if you're lucky, and (with Drew moreso than Bob) gives the players an extra 15 seconds of fame while saying hi to their friends and family. If the "it doesn't fit with the rest of the show" logic were applied to say... Wheel of Fortune, one could argue that they shouldn't have the toss-up puzzles because the players don't actually spin the wheel to play them.