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While we wait for the ads, check out a Best Buy ad from 15 years ago! (1996)


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#1 Marcster  OFFLINE  

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Posted Sep 22, 2011 - 10:40 am

Posted Image Oh, how times have changed... It's funny to see the old technology & the incredible prices we used to pay... Posted Image

133Mhz Packard Bell computers, 100Mhz laptops for $1,799.99, cassette car stereos, ancient cell phones, 28.8Kb/s dial-up modems for $99.99, conventional tube tvs, cassette and CD Walkmans, VCRs for $99.99 and up!!!

Posted Image How about an 8X CD-ROM drive for $149.99!?!? Posted Image

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It's also interesting that the appliance prices haven't changed much at all (except for microwaves)... Note, this isn't a Black Friday ad at all... I just thought you'd get a kick out of it. Posted Image

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Posted Sep 22, 2011 - 10:52 am

Ah, good ol' Pentium One single-core PCs. Those were the days. :D To think this was about when I first started building PCs on my own.

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Posted Sep 22, 2011 - 10:58 am

Boy Howdy! I had a PowerPC Mac

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Posted Sep 22, 2011 - 11:04 am

I still have the Magnavox boombox on page 10. But at least it's the "garage stereo"....the one in the house is much nicer and much more current.

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Posted Sep 22, 2011 - 11:05 am

thanks for the trip down memory lane!!! I remember my first computer, a Packard Bell for like $2000, and we thought that was cheap at the time given the other choices. Now, I would never dream of spending even half that for a computer. Also loved seeing the cell phones and the pagers. lol All the cool people had pagers and no one I knew had cell phones. lol

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Posted Sep 22, 2011 - 12:12 pm

Anyone have any older Best Buy ads? or Walmart ads?

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Posted Sep 22, 2011 - 1:47 pm

It just goes to prove what I have been saying all along. We are still living in the age of cheap electronics, and high quality. That trip down memory lane when the alleged best deals were had was just relative to that place and time. Computers and Laptops are more robust and have much more capacity and staying power than the E trash that was to be had with rebates. people will complain this year as well because they want something for nothing.

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Posted Sep 22, 2011 - 3:11 pm

Wow... my kids don't even know what a cassette tape is, lol. In that ad they had cassettes for $6.99, lol. Can't believe a 13" picture tube tv with vhs for $299??? lol Loved seeing it. Just think how this years BB ad will look to others in 15years? Scary huh? lol

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Posted Sep 22, 2011 - 7:16 pm

Wow, Sir Mix a Lot and NWA for only $11.xx....those were the days..lol...not to mention the pagers which my kids still can't believe we had...the concept of not being able to instantly message someone whether by cell phone, IM or Facebook instant updates is so foreign to them...lol..can't believe those "were the days"..lol
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Posted Sep 23, 2011 - 7:01 am

I still have my NWA albums :)

Wow, Sir Mix a Lot and NWA for only $11.xx....those were the days..lol...not to mention the pagers which my kids still can't believe we had...the concept of not being able to instantly message someone whether by cell phone, IM or Facebook instant updates is so foreign to them...lol..can't believe those "were the days"..lol



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Posted Sep 23, 2011 - 4:07 pm

Wow me and hubby just went down memory lane. I can't believe how much things have advanced and become more compact. Nowadays they want everything to fit in your back pocket.

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Posted Sep 24, 2011 - 1:44 am

Here is a great video showing how far we have come since 2003 with price comparisons!

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Posted Sep 24, 2011 - 1:44 pm

LOL thanks for making me feel ANCIENT! Jeez....I remember 8 tracks fcol. Fun trip down Memory Lane :)

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Posted Sep 24, 2011 - 1:46 pm

WOW! My son was born in 1996 - can't believe how much has changed since then! :eek:

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Posted Sep 24, 2011 - 2:00 pm

What if someone took the ads as they come out this year and compared the items to what was offered for BF years ago? Would YOU wait in line overnite for a 128 MB MP3 player or a laptop with 1.2 GHz processor and 256 MB of memory :gdparanoid:?

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Posted Sep 24, 2011 - 2:50 pm

What if someone took the ads as they come out this year and compared the items to what was offered for BF years ago? Would YOU wait in line overnite for a 128 MB MP3 player or a laptop with 1.2 GHz processor and 256 MB of memory :gdparanoid:?


LOL....I think many folks walk right pass that stuff at garage sales/thrift shops on a daily basis:) I remember back in the mid 90's you could get to store 20minutes before opening with little to no hassle/competition(around here at least).

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Posted Sep 24, 2011 - 5:50 pm

I love the $99 discman!
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Posted Sep 24, 2011 - 6:35 pm

I love the $99 discman!


I have one in the basement... I probably paid $60 for it and it takes 4 AA batteries.

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Posted Sep 24, 2011 - 6:55 pm

LOL I was just showing my husband the ad, and he's giving me a lecture on how inflation is calculated just by looking at these ads.

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Posted Sep 24, 2011 - 7:10 pm

LOL I was just showing my husband the ad, and he's giving me a lecture on how inflation is calculated just by looking at these ads.



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Posted Sep 25, 2011 - 12:03 pm

My 17 year old daughter and I got a big laugh. I was trying to remember what I bought back then, but then remembered I was broke and only had her soo probably not much!!!

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Posted Sep 25, 2011 - 1:00 pm

look at those cell phones! wow, and to think we thought those were high tech. I think my android is spectacular now, It makes you wonder what we will have in 10-15-20 yrs!

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Posted Sep 25, 2011 - 1:02 pm

and the memory! 4 mb, 8 mb and 16mb! goodness me, thats comical now!

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Posted Sep 25, 2011 - 6:51 pm

I bought my first discman with my high school graduation money in 1995. Paid $179.99 for it (a RCA model) and it was the best thing ever hooked to my car stereo with a cassette adapter lol.

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Posted Sep 25, 2011 - 7:56 pm

Anyone have any older Best Buy ads? or Walmart ads?


On Facebook, Fry's posted one of theirs from the early 80s. Holy frijole.

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Posted Sep 25, 2011 - 10:04 pm

I had that $1899 Packard Bell got it at Staples but same exact one. It was HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Paid like triple or quadrople what PC's are now and it was crap. Worst purchase ever but was first PC the family bought so we lived and learned.

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Posted Sep 26, 2011 - 8:02 am

I had that $1899 Packard Bell got it at Staples but same exact one. It was HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Paid like triple or quadrople what PC's are now and it was crap. Worst purchase ever but was first PC the family bought so we lived and learned.


Yeah, it was pretty bad. lol I spent so much getting mine fixed.

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Posted Sep 26, 2011 - 8:22 am

I must be nuts....I must have gotten my 1st pc(that I spec'd/bought w/my own $) around that time and don't remember paying anywhere near that much but it was from RadioShack

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Posted Sep 27, 2011 - 7:33 am

Yeah, it was pretty bad. lol I spent so much getting mine fixed.

Yep us too we spent a lot of money just making it last till 2001 but ughhhh I dont know why looking back lol.

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Posted Sep 27, 2011 - 3:53 pm

We should post a link to this ad whenever someone posts the "This year's ads suck" comment. It really puts into perspective how much electronics have come down in price.




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