$uper $aver was a pricing game on the American television game show, The Price Is Right. Played from May 10, 1989 to March 11, 1996, it was played for a large prize worth more than $2,000, and used grocery items.
The player selected four items, one at a time. As each item was chosen, its actual price was revealed, and the amount saved was added to a running total on a central screen. If the contestant chose the one item marked above its actual price, that difference was taken away from their savings.
The contestant had to use all four selections regardless if they made it to $1 within the first three picks. Unlike similar games of "avoid this item" (e.g. Shopping Spree, Danger Price, Credit Card), picking the marked-up item did not result in a loss all the time; if the contestant had picked and continues to pick the items that save the most money, the game can still be won. However, this characteristic of the game also led to the game's eventual retirement.
Having concluded it was too easy to miss critical details, Barker – fearful such a mistake would come up again – had the game retired. The retirement had nothing to do with the mechanical problems, although several sources do state so.