Yes, folks, there was a time before Wikipedia where people still looked things up in books, or they had insanely expensive CD-ROMs they could pop in the drive. $300 for a digital encyclopedia? Yikes. At the time that was a reasonable price, but now you wonder how anyone could ever sell something like that again.
How about dropping $500 on a “facsimile” card. (Not sure why this guy was so against saying “fax”) I don’t remember them being that high, but back then I had a fax machine, so I never really looked into the cards.
Then Mr. Schindler drops the bombshell with the $1495 document scanner. Excuse me while I go pick up my teeth. Using an inflation calculator, I found that would run around $2,800 now. Remember, it was the ultimate Christmas gift!
While Flashback Friday is actually my favorite post to write every week, these last three have been my all-time favorites. I’m going to keep digging to see how many more of these 1980’s computer gems I can find.