Technology has progressed by leaps and bounds in recent decades, but some devices now considered vintage can be worth a lot even if it’s been a while. While they are dated today and almost useless compared to their modern versions, in their day they were cutting edge and worth a decent nest egg.
From new research by Ebuyerit emerges how much these gadgets would cost today if we calculated inflation and how expensive some of the limited editions of these old models can be if kept in excellent condition.
The Nokia 3310 was the cell phone he got redefined the way of thinking about phones and is definitely one of the most iconic gadgets never created. Praised for its durability and battery life, it became a bestseller for Nokia by selling over 126 million units. How to forget the hours spent playing Snake!
Released in 1999, the Nokia 3310 retail price was $ 160 and, using inflation data updated to 2020, it would be worth $ 350. Sad to say though, the classic Finnish mobile phone hasn’t kept its value, as you can buy one in good condition for around $ 40.
The original PlayStation was released by Sony as an “adult console” to rival Nintendo gaming consoles during the 1990s.
Released in the UK in 1995, the PlayStation retail price was $ 299which to date, calculating inflation, it would be worth $ 783. Have you ever thought that the ratio makes it more expensive than the PlayStatin 5?
Some collectors even paid $ 9,000 for a “PlayStation 1 – 10 million edition“, Which was made to commemorate 10 million console sales worldwide with only 100 units produced!
Perhaps the most iconic camera of all time, thanks to Polaroid it was possible see the photo taken almost immediately, which would only happen several years later with digital. This gadget is so iconic that there are modern imitations almost 40 years after the first version and applications that attempt to replicate the off-color effect of the Polaroid.
In 1977, the Polaroid was launched at approx $ 99 which today would be a whopping $ 450! A camera Polaroid 20 × 24 from the 70s it would cost today $ 150,000!
Godfather of portable music players, iThe Sony Walkman was the first of its kind in terms of simplicity and convenience. He introduced the use of headphones in public spaces as well it ran on two traditional AA batteries. The success of the Sony Walkman, which has sold over 400 million unitsled to the creation of other iconic portable music players such as CD players and the iPod.
When it was launched in 1979, the Sony Walkman would have cost you around $ 150 which in 2022 equates to about $ 570. The most expensive model ever released in the series is the Signature Series Walkman Digital Music Player it gets to $ 3,200!
Nintendo Game Boy
An iconic device that revolutionized the way the gaming industry would develop, taking gamers from having to play at home on their consoles to ability to play on the go. Thanks to the Game Boy, there has been a huge change in the history of the game that has influenced products like the Sony PSP and even Apple’s iPhone. Including the updated model, the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo has sold over 200 million of these portable devicesand was an absolute best-seller throughout the 90s.
In 1989 upon its release, the Game Boy launched at $ 69.99, which translates to $ 150 in 2022. This is cheaper than its modern counterpart today, the Nintendo Switch Lite, which retails for $ 299.99. For collectors looking to purchase a rare version of this console, the Pokémon Game Boy Advance SP Charizard Edition is one of the rarest aroundwith a version in perfect condition recently sold for $ 15,000!
IBM Model 5150
There were computers for home use before this device was released, but the 5150 was the pioneer of personal computers. It was in fact the starting point for all modern home computers, apart from Apple computers which were all developed from the original Macintosh.
The 5150 was sold at approx $ 1,500 at the time of release in 1981, which would be around $ 4,600 in 2022. If you wanted to buy an original 5150 model today, you’d have to pay almost $ 2,900 to get one working.
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