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PostLink    Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:21 pm    Post subject: Newpaper ad from August 12, 1983 Reply with quote


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Taken from a newspaper in Ottawa Ontario, circa 1983 (all prices $CAD).



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PostLink    Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stuff wasn't cheap! Keep in mind that minimum wage was around $3/hr.

I remember paying over $700-800 CAD in 1985 for a Harman Kardon TD302 Cassette Deck. Worked all summer painting to pay for it. I was 16.



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PostLink    Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice! Video got better, audio construction quality got worse over time, save for the audiophile stuff. Remember that all the lower end stuff ended up putting in LED lights on everything... 5-7 band eqs with fluorescent displays were the norm. Looks like that shop stuck to the higher end stuff... save for the Sanyo Walkman. Smile\

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PostLink    Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

US inflation since 1983 was 2.5x -- so e.g. that $1300 Beta deck would be $3250 in today's dollars with that same inflation rate.
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PostLink    Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for posting this, it reminded me that I need more TDK Cassettes, I'm running low.
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PostLink    Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

garyfritz wrote:
US inflation since 1983 was 2.5x -- so e.g. that $1300 Beta deck would be $3250 in today's dollars with that same inflation rate.


But this is an ad for Canada which means the true costs were only 30% of that figure. Mr. Green

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PostLink    Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wink

I looked it up: On August 12 1983 (the date of the ad) $1 CAD was $0.8090 USD.

So that $2499 CAD Sony CRT projector would have cost you $2022 USD.

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PostLink    Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kal wrote:
Worked all summer painting to pay for it. I was 16.

Kal


I wonder what kids nowadays would be willing to work all Summer for? My first year out of a college and I spent nearly every dime I made on two things: paying off my college loan and a Pioneer CLD-99 LD player. Just put it in my rack yesterday;-)

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PostLink    Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jbmeyer13 wrote:
kal wrote:
Worked all summer painting to pay for it. I was 16.

Kal


I wonder what kids nowadays would be willing to work all Summer for? My first year out of a college and I spent nearly every dime I made on two things: paying off my college loan and a Pioneer CLD-99 LD player. Just put it in my rack yesterday;-)


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