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Dbacksfan12

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Re: Cullen TPIR on Buzzr?
« Reply #60 on: October 14, 2019, 10:49:46 PM »
Contestants were bidding $1 higher than a previous bid even back then.
I thought there were minimum bid increments on this version.
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Bryce L.

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Re: Cullen TPIR on Buzzr?
« Reply #61 on: October 14, 2019, 11:32:12 PM »
Contestants were bidding $1 higher than a previous bid even back then.
I thought there were minimum bid increments on this version.
Sometimes there were, sometimes there weren't, depended on the item.

Adam Nedeff

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Re: Cullen TPIR on Buzzr?
« Reply #62 on: October 15, 2019, 10:43:58 PM »
What still surprises me is, multiple people - wasn't it over 60 for one of them - got the price of the complete set on the nose, to the penny, but they did not get their prices by knowing the prices of all of the individual items separately.
Those were "blind items," a little trick that Bob Stewart employed to make it a little bit challenging. One or two items in each Showcase were custom-made items, so viewers couldn't research them. In the event of a tie, the blind items were the ones used for the tiebreakers. The large number of exact bids is just a fluke of good research and math. Viewers found the exact prices for the other items, estimated on the blind items, and the estimates on the blind items, while individually wrong, worked out to the right number.

SuperMatch93

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Re: Cullen TPIR on Buzzr?
« Reply #63 on: October 16, 2019, 07:30:56 AM »
I'd imagine another contributor to the large amount of close/perfect bids was statistics; when a home viewer game gets 20 million postcards per week or whatever Price got at its peak, there's going to be a lot of similar bids.

Not surprised they eventually brought in the Sweepstakes, especially after that one showcase where they had to break a 62-way tie.
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tvmitch

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Re: Cullen TPIR on Buzzr?
« Reply #64 on: October 16, 2019, 08:48:50 AM »
Those were "blind items," a little trick that Bob Stewart employed to make it a little bit challenging. One or two items in each Showcase were custom-made items, so viewers couldn't research them. In the event of a tie, the blind items were the ones used for the tiebreakers. The large number of exact bids is just a fluke of good research and math. Viewers found the exact prices for the other items, estimated on the blind items, and the estimates on the blind items, while individually wrong, worked out to the right number.
Also, don't underestimate the number of people who set aside time to send 1,000 postcards or more. When I worked at a local TV station, we had an ongoing postcard contest where one person a day would win a coffee mug or an umbrella, and the amount of postcards we received for those sub-$20 prizes was staggering. People would buy those pre-stamped postcards from the post office in bulk and fill them all out.
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