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Everything From This 1991 Radio Shack Ad You Can Now Do With Your Phone

2014-01-16-radioshackad-sA HuffingtonPost article points out how technology has advanced in the last 23 years, by comparing the products for sale at Radio Shack in 1991 with his smart phone.

So here’s the list of what I’ve replaced with my iPhone.

  • All weather personal stereo, $11.88. I now use my iPhone with an Otter Box.
  • AM/FM clock radio, $13.88. iPhone.
  • In-Ear Stereo Phones, $7.88. Came with iPhone.
  • Microthin calculator, $4.88. Swipe up on iPhone.
  • Tandy 1000 TL/3, $1599. I actually owned a Tandy 1000, and I used it for games and word processing. I now do most of both of those things on my phone.
  • VHS Camcorder, $799. iPhone.
  • Mobile Cellular Telephone, $199. Obvs.
  • Mobile CB, $49.95. Ad says “You’ll never drive ‘alone’ again!” iPhone.
  • 20-Memory Speed-Dial phone, $29.95.
  • Deluxe Portable CD Player, $159.95. 80 minutes of music, or 80 hours of music? iPhone.
  • 10-Channel Desktop Scanner, $99.55. I still have a scanner, but I have a scanner app, too. iPhone.
  • Easiest-to-Use Phone Answerer, $49.95. iPhone voicemail.
  • Handheld Cassette Tape Recorder, $29.95. I use the Voice Memo app almost daily.
  • BONUS REPLACEMENT: It’s not an item for sale, but at the bottom of the ad, you’re instructed to ‘check your phone book for the Radio Shack Store nearest you.’ Do you even know how to use a phone book?

You’d have spent $3,054.82 in 1991 to buy all the stuff in this ad that you can now do with your phone. That amount is roughly equivalent to about $5,100 in 2012 dollars.

Read the entire article HERE.

 

 

Old Time Sunday Newspaper Flyers

Four advertising flyers have recently been added to my classic newspaper site, STLPapers.epizy.com. They’re all complete and in full color. From 1975, there are flyers from K Mart and Walgreens. Techies will love the two flyers from 1990 – Best Buy and Radio Shack flyers feature the best of 22 year old technology.

K Mart and Walgreens flyers

Best Buy and Radio Shack flyers

STLPapers.epizy.com


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