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Hilarious Ads For Obsolete Technology That Used To Be Insanely Expensive

No better time capsule exists than ads for old technology to show you exactly how far humanity has come. These vintage tech ads shill obsolete technology that was, at one point, not only top-of-the-line, it was considered a bargain. The concept of paying $200+ for a calculator makes little sense when you consider the touch-screen in your pocket can do that, call you a taxi, and take a photo all at the same time. Ads for old technology highlight the major shifts in technology and pricing and how state-of-the-art eventually became the standard of living.

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Just take a look at these old technology ads and be blown away by what the cool kids were willing to pay back in the day for obsolete technology. No one wants to check their answering machine today, much less pay over $100 for it, and why shell out over $2,000 to transport tapes when you have Blu-ray and DVD players? At this point, these outdated and expensive ads for old technology serve no purpose other than to point out how much better things are now.

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Spartan Apple II+ Emulator: $599.00Spartan Apple II+ Emulator: $599.00


Tandy CT-300 Cellular Phone: $1,499.00Tandy CT-300 Cellular Phone: $1,499.00Sears 8-Digit Electronic Calculator: $98.95Sears 8-Digit Electronic Calculator: $98.95

Panasonic RX 5500 Stereo: $576.19Panasonic RX 5500 Stereo: $576.19Phone-mate Answering Machine: $129.50Phone-mate Answering Machine: $129.50BetaVision Video Cassette Recorder: $985.00BetaVision Video Cassette Recorder: $985.00Corvus Systems Inc. Mass Storage: $5,350.00Corvus Systems Inc. Mass Storage: $5,350.00Intecolor 3621 With 51K Disk Drive: $3,300.00Intecolor 3621 With 51K Disk Drive: $3,300.00AMPEX FR200 Tape Transport: $2,675.00AMPEX FR200 Tape Transport: $2,675.00Sears Color TV: $327.88Sears Color TV: $327.88Bell & Howell 8MM Camera: $207.70Bell & Howell 8MM Camera: $207.70IMSAI PC With 10MB Hard Disk, 64K RAM: $5,995.00IMSAI PC With 10MB Hard Disk, 64K RAM: $5,995.00Sinclair ZX80 With 4K BASIC: $199.95Sinclair ZX80 With 4K BASIC: $199.95XComp 10MB Hard Disk: $3,398.00XComp 10MB Hard Disk: $3,398.00JVC HR-7300 Vidstar VHS: $1,280.00JVC HR-7300 Vidstar VHS: $1,280.00


Atari 400 PC: $549.00Atari 400 PC: $549.00Sinclair MicroVision TV: $395.00Sinclair MicroVision TV: $395.00Sears Video Arcade: $178.95Sears Video Arcade: $178.95Realistic TRC-471 Transceiver: $259.95Realistic TRC-471 Transceiver: $259.95Motorola Stereo Hi-Fi Coffee Table: $169.95Motorola Stereo Hi-Fi Coffee Table: $169.95

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