The latest SONY Betamex Home Recording System with up to 4.5 hour recording capabilities, fast play, freeze frame and Beta Scan listed at $1,250.50—Now special value priced at just $879.97.
The unit weighs in at 38 pounds.
Better yet PANASONIC’s 40 pound VHS Home Recording Model offering 2-4-6 hour recording, a digital tape counter, clock and time limiter—reduced from $895.00 to just $679.97. What a deal!
But it’s VHS which really doesn’t have much of a chance against Sony’s killer Betamex system, does it?
In a Time Warp?
Well sorta. I actually ran across a DOLGIN’s 1981 Spring/Summer Showroom catalog the other day which offered a fascinating insight into how far we’ve come during the past, oh, 32 years.
If you’ve forgotten about DOLGIN’S – or perhaps never heard of it – they were a big discount outlet in north and east K.C., Overland Park, KCK, St. Joseph and other regional markets.
* A Huffy Saratoga 3-speed touring bike specially priced at $89.97.
* An “Easy to Assemble” Radio Flyer 18 wagon for just $29.97.
* A two pound G.E. Chronotel digital alarm clock that went for $9.97.
* And one of my personal favorites, the Record-a-Call telephone answerer. This baby had it all.
A one control twin cassette system and 20 or 40 second message time selector. Dolgin’s reduced it from $149.95 to $127.87. What a deal!
* And a Bell and Howell Duel 8 silent movie projector with zoom lens would set you back $89.97.
* And oh yeah, a hot Panasonic FM/AM/FM Stereo Radio-Stereo Cassette Recorder / Player complete with LED meter, 2-bias tape selector, twin five inch speakers operating on both AC and DC power – yours for just $179.97—a $20.00 savings for this fabulous 14 pounder.
The distant memories and ridiculous prices are just too much to bear.
Come to think of it, I wonder what my classic IBM Selectric typewriter is worth these days? If only I could find a new type ball for it.