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

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I saw this and found it fascinating.  Show this to the kids so they can see how primitively we all used to live.

Steve Cichon of TrendingBuffalo.com bought a newspaper from 1991 and the back page had a Radio Shack ad.   Steve noticed that of the 15 items for sale have all been replaced by smartphone and therefore rendered obsolete.  He breaks it down as follows…

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.

I have struggled to believe in the government reported inflation figures compared to my own (purely anecdotal) evidence of rising prices.  Perhaps this highlights those less appreciated deflationary forces found within the economy.


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