View Full Version : What $8500 bought you in 1989

01-23-2007, 06:13 AM

01-23-2007, 06:15 AM
Damn !!! I remember the Tandy. Not that one, but the crap ones they had in our schools. I love the 2 MB of RAM :)

Bacon Cheeseburger
01-23-2007, 06:20 AM
Wow. That doesn't even include a mouse or a monitor. That's probably another $5,000. But hey, the newly designed keyboard has a tactile feel!

01-23-2007, 06:50 AM
We had one of these, it replaced our Commodore 64. I'm thinking I played King's Quest on it.

KC Jones
01-23-2007, 07:24 AM
Yeah, but adjusted for inflation that only cost $13,249.21 in 2005 dollars

01-23-2007, 08:23 AM
Nice flashback...thanks!

01-23-2007, 08:26 AM
Correct me if I'm wrong but these things didn't come with a hard drive either, right? Back then a 15 MB drive was something like $1000 I think, LOL!

01-23-2007, 08:31 AM



01-23-2007, 01:38 PM
Electronics have always been a losing proposition the first few years of a new product. I remember in 1990 paying $450 at Circuit City for a stereo Mitsubishi VCR and in 1996 I paid $1000 for a Sony Hi-8 Camcorder with 24X zoom.

On the otherhand when it comes to cars, in 1969 I paid under $2000 for a brand new one. $1937 to be exact for a Datsun 510 four door 5 speed. In 1976 I paid $3300 for a brand new Honda Civic hatchback. In 1980 I paid $6600 for a new 4-door Mazda 626 and in 1986 I paid $8800 for a new Honda Civic hatchback. Today I can't even afford a new car, I'm still driving my 1997 Chevy Lumina with only 40,000 miles on it.

How is that for a flip-flop, 1989 a computer costs more than a new car, today you can buy a classroom of new computers for less than the price of one new car.

01-23-2007, 01:44 PM

01-23-2007, 01:45 PM
That's depressing.

01-23-2007, 01:47 PM
A couple of years prior to this, Digital was selling a lesser product to many auto part stores for $30,000.

01-23-2007, 02:13 PM
Commodore was the peoples computer.