As technology has progressed and become easier and less expensive to build, those savings have been passed on to the consumers.
Check out the prices on some of these computers and peripherals from the 80’s and 90’s:
Before he became the Priceline Negotiator, William Shatner was pitching for Commodore:
You can usually pick up 4GB USB drive these days for about ten bucks. Back in 1981, 10MB was going to cost you. Big time:
Here’s two ways to look at these prices:
- The top of the line iMac is the 27″ quad core version which goes for $2000. In 1985 dollars it would cost $976.
- The 10MB hard drive which went for $3500 in 1981 would cost you $8150 today.
We sometimes complain about the cost of our geeky toys these days, but the fact is, it’s all pretty inexpensive.