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30 Retro PC Ads: Crazy Outfits, Prices, and Slogans

Once upon a time a large hard drive cost as much as a used car (and we have the retro ads to prove it).

Andy Sowards rounded up 30 old computer ads from around the web, including the $$$$ 10MB hard drive ad seen here. The collection includes old Apple ads, hardware ads, and mouse ads that involve aliens. Hit up the link below to check them all out. Have an entertaining vintage computer ad/image to share? Throw a link in the comments.

30 Retro Print Computer Ads from the 90s [via Tech Crunch]

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  • Published 11/9/11

Comments (8)

  1. chess

    RadioShack…. What happened to you.

  2. Grant

    The Bill Clinton one made me laugh so hard I almost fell out of my chair.

  3. vgamesx1

    OMG, I cant want for the 50MB HDD!
    Just think of all the pictures you can store on it.

  4. xana452

    You know it is funny: For me this is not nostalgia, but a look into the past; I was born in 1995. What a long way that technology has come even from my birth year! I am amazed.

  5. David

    Makes me think back on my 486 dx2, yup with the special math processor at the time. How far we’ve came. We keep using all these marketing terms in ads, we are all about xtremes and Xs wonder what the future ads will hold.

  6. Steve

    I remember buying 4MB of ram for my 486 and it cost $100.00/MB back then. Man that was SPEED!

  7. David Clark

    Back in the late 80s and through the 90s, we used DIMMS. RAM was literally a commodity and the price fluculated. Same with processors.
    I bought memory by THE MEG mind you and the price was all over the place. Allegedly, South Korean plant had a fire and the scuttlebutt ran like Chicken Little and people stocked on RAM because the price was supposed to triple. It did – for a week, and some people lost thier ass on all these DIMMs they stocked up.

    I used to but 4mB DIMMS for 350 bucks and that was a great price. A board, chip and hard drive was easily 2 grand. My first machince was a 386Sx with a 100mB hard drive, 2mBs of memory runnng under DOS5. I had a’big floppy’ and a ‘little floppy’ with an 8 pin Okidata printer That’s a 35 hundred dollar system and it was cutting edge and about 8 months later I ‘upgraded’ to to Windows 3.1. It almost caused a divorce.

  8. Phil Thompson

    I upgraded my System80 from 4k of RAM to 16k by adding a ‘piggyback chip’ for $120.00 16 Kilobytes was considered plenty! (See bill Gates -“640 k is enough for Everyone”…

    A 10MB Hdd was the size of a building brick and weighed as much!

    “So, Young Fella, whats these GigglyBites??”


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