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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    A 5150 in 1983 with 64KB of memory, monochrome monitor and 2 floppy drives and dot-matrix printer would set you back about $4K in 1983 dollars, or about half the price of a new car.
    Bought my first computer, a Kaypro II, and a Silver Reed daisy-wheel typewriter with serial interface (similar to Olivetti's) in 1982 for >= $3000. Roughly $7600 in today's dollars.

    It was a business expense; doing invoices in triplicate on a typewriter wasn't working well 'cuz I'm (still) a lousy typist. Opted for Kaypro in part because of the software bundle.

    It's all been downhill from there.

    -CH-

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    Re: life in the past, it ain't always what it's chalked up to be. There's a reason the sixties were so turbulent, sociopolitically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unknown_K View Post
    What I find shocking is that $4k in 1983 is about $10K in 2017 money. That $8K average car in 1983 is now around $34K. So computers got dirt cheap and cars got expensive.
    Yep, and I guarantee you the $8k 1983 car has nowhere near the opulence found in a modern car costing $34k.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geoffm3 View Post
    Yep, and I guarantee you the $8k 1983 car has nowhere near the opulence found in a modern car costing $34k.
    Opulence... I has it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkB9OT2XVvA

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    Quote Originally Posted by geoffm3 View Post
    Yep, and I guarantee you the $8k 1983 car has nowhere near the opulence found in a modern car costing $34k.
    Like what exactly?
    What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
    Nubus/ISA/VLB/MCA/EISA cards of all types
    Boxed apps and games for the above systems
    Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems

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    Love that nice, detailed title and description...................

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    Quote Originally Posted by compaqportableplus View Post
    Love that nice, detailed title and description...................
    Curious why he didn't just link to information he could post on another site somewhere rather than two auctions. So much work put into an auction that'll never sell, I kinda feel bad for them.
    -- Brian

    Systems: Amstad PCW 8256, Apple IIe/II+/Mac+/Mac 512k, Atari 800/520STFM, Commodore 64/Amiga 3000/PET 4032/SX-64, IBM PS/1 2121-B82, Kaypro II, Osborne 1, Tandy 1000 SX, TI-99/4A, TRS-80 Model 4 GA

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    Quote Originally Posted by ngtwolf View Post
    Curious why he didn't just link to information he could post on another site somewhere rather than two auctions. So much work put into an auction that'll never sell, I kinda feel bad for them.
    He’s actually editing the listing since I posted that. Before, the item and the description were just some random letters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by compaqportableplus View Post
    He’s actually editing the listing since I posted that. Before, the item and the description were just some random letters.
    Great, so maybe he'll add something to the listing to make it worth $10k
    -- Brian

    Systems: Amstad PCW 8256, Apple IIe/II+/Mac+/Mac 512k, Atari 800/520STFM, Commodore 64/Amiga 3000/PET 4032/SX-64, IBM PS/1 2121-B82, Kaypro II, Osborne 1, Tandy 1000 SX, TI-99/4A, TRS-80 Model 4 GA

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