Shop 'til you drop looking for TheWinningBarcode

If you're a dyed-in-the-wool shopper, here's a game for you to check out. TheWinningBarcode is kind of like a scavenger hunt, conducted using UPC codes and your wireless phone. For each game, the sponsors choose one product, and you're supposed to figure out what it is. To play, you head off to your local Mega-Mart, pick up a product and find its UPC barcode, key it into your phone, and send as a text message to 818-331-3579. The first player to text in the correct barcode for each game is the winner.

Just in case you don't strike gold on your first try, you do earn points with each successive submission, with a point for each UPC code, and additional points for including the product name, package size, and other pertinent info in your text message. You can, in turn, redeem these points for a "hint", helping you to guess what the winning item is for the game, or for merchandise from TWBC's Store. You can even use your points to make a donation to charity.

You must register with TheWinningBarcode to play. Registration is free, but unless your have unlimited texting with your cellular carrier, text messages are not.

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