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TV Shows - Sale of the Century

Sale of the Century is a game show that premiered on NBC in 1969. Contestants answered trivia questions to earn money, which could be used to buy instant bargains throughout the game. The player with the highest money total won the game and went shopping at the "Sale of the Century" to buy bonus prizes at low prices. The series was revived for NBC daytime in 1983 with Jim Perry hosting and lasted six seasons. The series was revived for syndication in 2007 with the new title Temptation. Rossi Morreale hosted and the series lasted one season before being canceled.

Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sale_of_the_Century_%28US_game_show%29
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1 Bonus round changed Contestants stop buying goods
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2 It became Temptation It's not Sale of the Century
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3 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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4 Never Boned Still rocks.
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1 I just saw what GSN showed of the syndicated $ale, and I think it's great to see the actual prize shopping for the first time in a long time. Not only that, but these other great things: they left in the (admittedly defunct) ticket and contestant plugs, and allowed Jay Stewart to get his price disclaimer and signoff in. -- Submitted By: (bmasters1981) on December 1, 2013, 10:05 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 jgf, that's the old version of Wheel of Fortune you're thinking about where you couldn't keep your money and had to buy things every round. The only time you bought things on Sale of the Century was during the Instant Bargains and Bonus Round. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on September 8, 2012, 5:34 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 Contestants couldn't keep their winnings, they had to keep buying overpriced merchandise til they could afford nothing more, then got a gift certificate for the remaining amount. "I'd like to buy that pack of gum for $75, and the light bulb for $99" -- Submitted By: (jgf) on October 9, 2010, 1:18 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 I remember Sale of the Century - it was a fairly good show and also something that whetted my appetite for Press Your Luck. Jim Perry was an interesting host. -- Submitted By: (BigAl) on July 12, 2010, 8:58 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Sale of the Century was a great game show in the 1980s. I love Jim Perry's hosting style and salesmanship skills. The presentation was glitzy and Summer Bartholomew was sexier than Vanna White. However, this show boned the fish when they changed the bonus round. The whole purpose of the show was accumulating money for better prizes and the champion taking the risk of coming back the next day to go for the better prize. Removing that from the show took out a huge part of the drama that made it great. However, the matching bonus round was still better than the final incarnation of it (Ugh). By the time the Winner's Bonus game came in 1988, the budget was cut significantly and the show was dying out. Sale of the Century became nothing more than Jeopardy meets Press Your Luck meets The Price is Right and lost its original purpose. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on May 6, 2010, 7:35 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote

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