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    Back to the topic. Remember the Tandy 1000HX I showed earlier? The one from my childhood?
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    Well, my mom was cleaning out some of my dad's old stuff, and came across these invoices from when my dad bought the thing. All prices are in Canadian dollars, and I've adjusted the prices for inflation. This would have been on the tail end of when they were selling these, I think he got it on clearance. If anybody knows what an HX retailed at when it was new, I'd be interested to know.

    Tandy 1000HX
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    Packard Bell monochrome CGA monitor
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    This is about what one would pay for an entry level system today, I figure.

    She wanted to toss them. I figured they were worth keeping.
    My vintage systems: Tandy 1000 HX, Tandy 1100FD, Tandy 1000 RSX, and some random Pentium in a Hewitt Rand chassis...

    Some people keep a classic car in their garage. Some people keep vintage computers. The latter hobby is cheaper, usually takes less space, and is less likely to lead to a fatal accident.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackepyon View Post
    This would have been on the tail end of when they were selling these, I think he got it on clearance. If anybody knows what an HX retailed at when it was new, I'd be interested to know.
    $249 CDN in April 1990, wow. They must have really wanted to get rid of them quick, because they were still listed at $699 in RSC-21, the "1990" catalog. (I'm not sure when Radio Shack's yearly catalogs came out, a few months before the year they went with I *think*.)

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    $699 would have been highway robbery for a 256k XT in 1990. I wonder if that hit them right after the printing presses ran.

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    No kidding! I've no idea what the circumstances were. My dad's friend told him about it, and he rushed out to get it. Or so I heard, I was about 2 1/2 at the time.
    My vintage systems: Tandy 1000 HX, Tandy 1100FD, Tandy 1000 RSX, and some random Pentium in a Hewitt Rand chassis...

    Some people keep a classic car in their garage. Some people keep vintage computers. The latter hobby is cheaper, usually takes less space, and is less likely to lead to a fatal accident.

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    I think I vaguely remember them blowing these out (I was a jaded teenager with a 286 in 1990 so I didn't get one), I'm guessing corporate realized it just wasn't a viable product anymore and decided to cut their losses. Maybe someone fell asleep at the production switch and they ended up with a couple excess warehouses full before they realized it how underwater they were with it.

    I wonder if anyone has online an archive of old Radio Shack sales flyers, because one of the more interesting things they used to do on a semi-regular basis is have "Where-is, As-is" sales to get rid of excess stock of a product line they'd just shot in the head at literally pennies on the dollar. I have specific memories of them doing one of those for the Tandy 2000 around the time my family was shopping for its first PC compatible. We managed to not fall for it but I do wonder how many people ended up with some severe buyer's remorse. (I wish I could look up what they were selling them for, I remember it was shockingly cheap. Like, not much more than a Color Computer cheap.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bandit View Post
    I got stuck on the time waster called facebook.. But they banned me last week after making a new account in my real name.. So apparently now I'm some evil spammer.
    Happened to me too, but it was just after I made the account. Apparently, there's somebody else with my name living in Vancouver, and after seeing my face, Facebook decided I was lying. Tried disputing it, but the help system is automated and nobody ever got back to me. No phone number or email I could use to contact them, so I'm stuck.

    All I wanted was to be able to keep up with my local retro computer group
    My vintage systems: Tandy 1000 HX, Tandy 1100FD, Tandy 1000 RSX, and some random Pentium in a Hewitt Rand chassis...

    Some people keep a classic car in their garage. Some people keep vintage computers. The latter hobby is cheaper, usually takes less space, and is less likely to lead to a fatal accident.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eudimorphodon View Post
    I think I vaguely remember them blowing these out (I was a jaded teenager with a 286 in 1990 so I didn't get one), I'm guessing corporate realized it just wasn't a viable product anymore and decided to cut their losses. Maybe someone fell asleep at the production switch and they ended up with a couple excess warehouses full before they realized it how underwater they were with it.

    I wonder if anyone has online an archive of old Radio Shack sales flyers, because one of the more interesting things they used to do on a semi-regular basis is have "Where-is, As-is" sales to get rid of excess stock of a product line they'd just shot in the head at literally pennies on the dollar. I have specific memories of them doing one of those for the Tandy 2000 around the time my family was shopping for its first PC compatible. We managed to not fall for it but I do wonder how many people ended up with some severe buyer's remorse. (I wish I could look up what they were selling them for, I remember it was shockingly cheap. Like, not much more than a Color Computer cheap.)
    I ought to have looked through my Byte magazine before asking the retail price.
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    $699 for the HX in October 1987.
    My vintage systems: Tandy 1000 HX, Tandy 1100FD, Tandy 1000 RSX, and some random Pentium in a Hewitt Rand chassis...

    Some people keep a classic car in their garage. Some people keep vintage computers. The latter hobby is cheaper, usually takes less space, and is less likely to lead to a fatal accident.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackepyon View Post
    I ought to have looked through my Byte magazine before asking the retail price.
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    $699 for the HX in October 1987.
    Still remarkable that it stayed at that price through its last catalog appearance. The EX dropped $200 when they introduced the HX, and I'm pretty sure they were selling them off for even cheaper before the end of the year. (They didn't overlap long.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ngtwolf View Post
    That's for sure... been keeping an eye out for a reasonably priced 1000EX or 1000HX, but no such luck yet. I have a fondness for the days when computers had distinct looks, before they all became beige boxes...
    What would you consider reasonable? Maybe I can help.

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    Last edited by John(Wales-UK); November 10th, 2019 at 10:08 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John(Wales-UK) View Post
    Greetings from Wales.

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    Hmm. Some nice TRS-80's there.
    My vintage systems: Tandy 1000 HX, Tandy 1100FD, Tandy 1000 RSX, and some random Pentium in a Hewitt Rand chassis...

    Some people keep a classic car in their garage. Some people keep vintage computers. The latter hobby is cheaper, usually takes less space, and is less likely to lead to a fatal accident.

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