Bazaar - The Trading Game


The Trading Game

3M Company - 1968
2-6 Players


Bazaar is a trading game. The players attempt to collect the proper combination of colored "tokens" to allow them to buy "wares" from the "stalls" in the bazaar. They collect tokens by trading for them using the "exchange rate cards" in use for the game.

Each turn, a player may roll a die to gain a token. Instead of numbers the die has colors on each face and rolling that color allows the player to select a token of that color. Or, they may trade for tokens using the exchange rate cards. For example, examine the images on this page. Using the rate cards shown, one yellow token can be traded for one blue and one red token or one blue token can be traded for two white and one green token. The exchange rates work both ways; a blue token and a red token can be exchanged for a single yellow token.

The player is trying to get the proper combination of tokens with which to purchase wares. Again, in the example, two red and three green tokens are needed to purchase the ware (card) in the first stall (stack). Players receive points for purchasing wares, but the points are based on the number of tokens they are holding after they have purchased the item. The more tokens the player is still holding the fewer points they receive so the object is to try to exchange tokens for just the right combination before buying a ware.

When all of the wares have been purchased from two of the stalls the game ends. The player with the most points is the winner.


This is one of those games that fits the cliche "easy to learn, difficult to master". The basic concepts are quite simple but in execution the game gets complex very fast. You can trade tokens to get just the right combination for buying a ware to get a high score but by that point your opponent may have bought two or three lower scoring wares that result in a higher total. There are ten exchange rate cards, only two of which are used at any one time and 45 wares cards of which only 20 are used in a game which means each game is different. Another classic 3M game.

16 comments on Bazaar:

Manfred Engler, at November 9, 2013 13:57 said:
suche bedienungsanleitung fuer 3M Spiel BAZZAR
habe lange zeit in eurora fuer 3M gearbeitet, wer kann mir helfen ?? Danke
Romolo Cappola at August 25, 2013 13:45 said:
First sorry for my English.
I am interested to buy this game.
I would linke to buy two Bazaar Games, if not expensive.
Judy at July 15, 2013 11:39 said:
Anyone know where I can purchase a gently used game that has the original chips? Been searching and can't find anything. My brother and I used to play this game all the time as kids but my parents have gotten rid of the game over the years.
Penny at June 12, 2013 19:32 said:
How do you score the game?
Kaitlin at June 24, 2012 12:05 said:
I just found this game in a thrift store yesterday, I was wondering if anyone knew the number of pieces and cards it is suppose to have so I can make sure I have them all. because if it does I will have an original copy in decent condition and that would make me very happy.
Duane at March 25, 2012 21:49 said:
Star cards are harder to buy and thus worth more. Very fun game but you cannot be colorblind. I played this once under low light and it was next to impossible as blue and green looked the same. This shows up on Ebay and worth the price.
Alex at February 2, 2012 23:20 said:
Alex, read the instructions!
Kate at February 2, 2012 23:20 said:
I wish they had an app for this game, I would play it. Words with friends is too dull for me.
Alex at February 1, 2012 18:03 said:
I have a game that some of the cards have stars on them with the 5 colors, and some cards have only a star. What is different about those cards, and how are they used?
karateelf at December 11, 2011 11:08 said: has it for sale
Paul at July 1, 2011 13:43 said:
I discovered this game at a thrift store in 1975. I find it a great "thinking" game, and when I was a room parent in my daughter's third grade class, I played this game with the kids. They were learning algebraic principles without knowing it! I love this game. It is going back into production, by a company called Eagle-Gryphon. If you are unfamiliar with the game inventor, Sid Sackson, he invented many wonderful, playable games including "Acquire" and "Can't Stop"
charlie at June 30, 2010 19:18 said:
Ya, I agree It's a great game I can't believe it isn't a huge hit
Karin at December 12, 2009 14:17 said:
I'm trying to locate this game for purchase. Any help would be appreciated.
khadi at April 26, 2009 22:50 said:
i've just purchased this game at a church bazaar. i was intriqued by the cover since my husband is from morocco and it reminded me of the souks or bazaars in morocco. i hope i can figure out how to play it.
Duncan at November 30, 2008 13:48 said:
My family's beach house has this game. It's great!
Lisa at August 23, 2008 21:41 said:
We grew up playing this at the cabin. This is one of my favorite games--one that all ages can play. What nostalgia!

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