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Supermarket Guessing Game

Updated on March 21, 2011

Supermarket Guessing Game

The next time you are in a supermarket and are perhaps beginning to feel a bit bored with the whole thing then maybe you could play this supermarket guessing game. Maybe you even play it already without even realising it.

This is a cheap and cheerful game for people of all ages. It can played by one person and it could be played by several. You could play this game while walking about the store, but usually i would play it when i am waiting in the queue to pay for my goods and there might be a few others in the queue.

Now, you probably don't want to make this too obvious but the aim is now to look into someone's basket as they are putting their goods on the conveyor belt to pay for them. It probably works best when there aren't too many items-so between about 5 and 10 will be good to begin with. The purpose now is to take these items and imagine the person using them all in one situation. So, for instance, somebody might be buying a few things which do not seem to have any connection to each other but your job is to make them fit. In this example if someone was to buy these items- bread, chocolate, a bottle of whisky, a newspaper and some bandages. To the outsider it just looks like a variety of different things that they will use over time, but the guesser has to fit them all together. Therefore i feel that the person will be having a marvellous dinner that night of chocolate sandwiches. They could wash it down with some of the whisky. Good job they were prepared with the bandages because after a few drinks they fell and cut their head and needed to fix themself with them. Because they had fallen they now just wanted to sit down,relax, and read the newspaper. So from a few items you have given someone a whole imagined life just from what you see them buying.

  That, then is the basic idea of the supermarket guessing game.

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    • michael ely profile imageAUTHOR

      michael ely 

      7 years ago from Scotland

      Hi CMCastro, Yes you're right. It's very easy to be curious. As for the foot, there is no big explanation or entertainment value about it it was just a daft picture i had of myself from a couple of years ago and when it came to putting in my picture profile this was the one i picked.

      Michael.

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      Christina M. Castro 

      7 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Its hard to not be curious about the other's shoppers habits though, especially if they try to strike up a conversation about their items. And, now please explain why we should be entertained by a profile picture of a foot(yours?)?

    • michael ely profile imageAUTHOR

      michael ely 

      7 years ago from Scotland

      Hi CMCastro, Thanks for another comment. Much appreciated. Yes like you say it is a pity that technology has ruined this game to an extent!!

      Michael.

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      Christina M. Castro 

      7 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Hey, I've been doing this for many many years, but it has never been like a game, just the fact that I have been creatively minded. I don't do this much anymore, because with the technology the computerized scanners reveal all there is to know about the other person's purchases, and the screen is big enough for everyone to see. Even to the amount they are paying. I find it more amusing to be behind the shopper who has coupons for every item they buy and only have to pay a minimum ( like $2) It makes me feel bad that I haven't used any coupons at all.

    • michael ely profile imageAUTHOR

      michael ely 

      7 years ago from Scotland

      Ha Ha, the-real-deal. I am glad there are others out there who do this sort of thing and it's not just me!!

      Thanks for the comment. Michael.

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      the-real-deal? 

      7 years ago from united kingdom

      Do it already! lol, glad I am not alone in this bizarre passing of time!! I hate queing and this definately keeps my mind occupied with ideas and endless possibilities :)

    • michael ely profile imageAUTHOR

      michael ely 

      7 years ago from Scotland

      Hi poetvix, Good to see you again. Thanks for the comment, and yes i hope this game comes in useful!!

      Michael.

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      poetvix 

      7 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Good idea for burning time in the grocery, a place I despise with a passion. I'm going to try this in hopes of exiting with a smile instead of my normal scowl as I try to digest how much I just spent!

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