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Radio Shack’s 1991 Technology All Gets Replaced by an iPhone

Back in 1991, Radio Shack was “America’s Technology Superstore.”

Really. You could buy computers, CD players, phone, and other useful electronics.

Those computers were only $1,600.

And those mobile cellular telephones were $199.

Today, that’s a steal. But back then, the only thing you could do was call people on those. What fun was THAT?

This ad and story from MacTrast has a newspaper ad from The Shack in 1991.

It explains that 13 of the 15 items in the ad can now be replaced with just one iPhone. For real.

Some highlights:

  • All-weather personal stereo, $11.88. I now use my iPhone with an OtterBox case.
  • AM/FM clock radio, $13.88. iPhone.
  • In-ear stereo phones, $7.88. Came with iPhone.
  • Microthin calculator, $4.88. Swipe up on iPhone.
  • Tandy 1000 TL/3, $1,599. I actually owned a Tandy 1000, and I used it for games and word processing. I now do most of both of those things on my iPhone.
  • VHS camcorder, $799. iPhone.
  • Mobile cellular telephone, $199. iPhone.

Modern technology. Ain’t it grand?

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