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Old 7th December 2010, 03:09 AM   #1
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wow. You'll probably never see another one like this: VERY RARE HARD COVER 1978 RADIO SHACK CATALOG MINT - eBay (item 260701465706 end time Dec-08-10 07:11:13 PST)


Hard cover catalog? I never even saw another company that offered that before.
Except HP.
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THIS ONE is cheaper.

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Old 7th December 2010, 03:28 AM   #3
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Ohh, wicked! They have that on their website?!

That's the year I was born! And the year of Texxas JAM...
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What a strange co-inky-dink. I was looking at that website last night. Funny stuff.

BTW, that $870 for the 1978 "Dream System" would be about $2800 today. That would buy you a rather nice 55" LED 3D TV (if you like that sort of thing)
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Old 7th December 2010, 04:12 AM   #6
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wow. You'll probably never see another one like this: VERY RARE HARD COVER 1978 RADIO SHACK CATALOG MINT - eBay (item 260701465706 end time Dec-08-10 07:11:13 PST)


Hard cover catalog? I never even saw another company that offered that before.
Except HP.
I have a Tektronix hardback catalog, I think from the 1970's.
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Old 7th December 2010, 04:22 AM   #7
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It's interesting looking at the prices for that stuff - a lot of which wouldn't be regarded as very 'high-end' nowadays...or those days either.
Just to put things in perspective-a quick search got the info that the average monthly rent in 1978 was $260, average US annual salary was $10k.
So those crappy 8-tracks and transistor radio/cassette combos were half a month's rent, or half a week's income (before taxes).
Some things I don't miss!!
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THIS ONE is cheaper.

The 99.95 one was mine. Wore my "Wheels of Fire" until the grooves were white.
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Some things I don't miss!!
You ain't kidding! Take a look at the 1988 catalog and see the price of a cell phone.
$1499! Yikes. Makes the new smart phones seem like a real bargain. Easier to carry, too.
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From my year of birth - 1980 Radio Shack Catalog

Even though I'm not American, we had "Tandy" stores here in the UK, which were pretty similar. They sold a lot of "Realistic" branded stuff too, and the "Archer" components - 5 resistors in a little cardboard sleeve for about 5 times the cost Of course, as a kid, i bought it because there was nowhere else at the time.
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