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tpirfansince1972:
With gas and prices at all time record highs in America, I'm wondering how certain pricing games might be affected.

Specifically Bullseye, Check-Out and Grocery Game.  Check-Out and Grocery Game are quite difficult to win as it is.

Both adjusted for inflation back in 1989 if memory serves.  I know in more recently years, Grocery Game went from $20-21 range to $20-22.

I can't help but wonder if the show will re-adjust for season 51, considering they really haven't done so very much for over 3 decades.

Wondering if they will adjust the $2.00 range for Check-Out at all too.

pannoni1:
Check-Out, probably not for awhile unless if there's severe inflation that basically rivaled the disco years in terms of its length. It actually had its range upped in 2001. $2 today is worth (or will be worth in about a year or two with the current inflation)  approximately 50 cents when the game debuted in 1982.

Grocery Game had its winning range increased from $20-$21 to $20-$22 in 2016, so although that was pretty recent, the rather low total may imply that they'll start needing to use cheaper products in order for this game to continue. Still, a $2 spread today is eight times its original 25 cent spread, and $2 is still worth more than what a quarter in 1972 was, although that may be crossed over in a few years. Still, if there was a tweak, it would be more on the lines of simply going from $30-$32 or so, since due to the lack of electronics, the base is easily adjustable.

But Bullseye still has the exact same $10-$12 target since 1989, and unlike the other games, it actually makes the game TOO easy by simply turning it into the "pick 2 or 3 of what you think are the most expensive products, and you'll win" game. Perhaps $15-$18, $20-$24, or even $25-$30 is due.

Coming or Going, Freeze Frame, and Side By Side certainly could be adjusted for five digits just like Squeeze Play and Push Over have done on special occasions. CoG could easily be played for a car, with 2 the common digit since so many cars end with a 2, with $21,342 or $24,312 being a sample setup. The same with Side by Side with $12,159 and $15,912 being a sample pairing for that trip to the Maldives, with the movable digits portion having three digits in a narrower font instead of two, and the electronics adjusted to fit the narrower digits. Freeze Frame could have four choices with $1X,X in term next two digit choices, making four reasonable possibilities. $205, $39, $223, $52, $237, $12, $217, and $03 could be a sample setup for a car. It would be a great way to spice up these otherwise unremarkable quickies, and allow for the occasional NCFC.

Range Game probably will keep its $150 Rangefinder longer than Hole In One keeps its $500 bonus though.

SeaBreeze341:
With the mention of Side By Side, it has me thinking that they missed an opportunity to allow five digits when they decided to update the prop a couple years back.  Meanwhile I didn't think much of Bullseye having the same range for over 30 years.  I think it's still fine right now, but probably something that should be addressed in a couple years.

The Coming or Going plan I love (for five digits).  I might be a little surprised if it doesn't play out this way in a year or two

PimpinJC:
Would not surprise me if Golden Road finally abandons the start of the game to be a cheap grocery item.  I can’t see finding enough flexibility to keep using <$1 grocery items and still being able to work with the first item.

Although that is crazy to think that the show has been able to work with such a constraint for 47 years when every other game has adapted to inflation.

BillyGr:

--- Quote from: SeaBreeze341 on May 20, 2022, 12:17:32 PM ---With the mention of Side By Side, it has me thinking that they missed an opportunity to allow five digits when they decided to update the prop a couple years back.  Meanwhile I didn't think much of Bullseye having the same range for over 30 years.  I think it's still fine right now, but probably something that should be addressed in a couple years.

--- End quote ---

Would Side by Side need any actual change to have 5 digits?  They have to put the numbers on each time anyway, so just use slightly smaller/narrower numbers if needed and put 3 on one part (could be either), as long as it allows both halves to make sense (like 12 and 145, so it could be $12,145 or $14,512 as one example).

The other items (like Bullseye as you mention and even Grocery and Check Out from the original posts don't really need to be changed. 
There are still plenty of items that cost $1.xx to $5.99 for Bullseye, Grocery can have anything up to $22 by itself if they wanted to, or anywhere below that (since you can use multiple items, so even something that was $15.99 would work as long as other items could add up to $4.01-$6.01 either singly or in combination) and Check Out doesn't really matter, as you are picking the cost (other than if there is a limitation on the display of having a total that exceeds 4 digits (aka more than $99.99).

That is a possibility for Golden Road, but being it only gets played a few times a year, and the price of the item doesn't really matter (as long as they find one that has the number they need), there is probably not that much issue there either.

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