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Crazy cheap electronics

December 13th, 2017 at 08:42 pm

The other day as I was sitting on the bed watching NFL games I looked and saw I had with me a smart phone I just got back 10 months ago. I also had with me a Fire tablet I read books on or surf the web. And I was watching on my new-ish TV (32 inch smart TV). And I started thinking how crazy having these items is for me. Why? Because The cost of my electronics now is almost zero.

My TV was free (& new) from a friend last Christmas, the DVD player with it he also gave me maybe 3 years ago (still works great), the tablet I got as part of an award I got at work this summer (anything up to $50 on an awards site, and this 7 inch Kindle Fire was among the items I could get), and my smart phone was part of a QVC sale for $80 with a year of service (and I was about to renew for a year for $80, so I was able to get it for $0 more). And now I am sitting downstairs typing this up, and there is another flat screen TV I got for free, and hooked up is a Blue Ray player I got for $5 at a yard sale.

My only other high tech are this lap top I am using and the ink jet printer for it, and both are at least 8 years old. Since its been so long ago, its like they're free now as well.

Not sure where I am going with this, except that I need to get a new laptop as this one has been slowly dying for 3 years. And when I do, no matter how cheap I can get one, its going to be a shock to the system. I haven't had to pay for electronics for so long now, its like I have forgotten this stuff costs real money. Hard to believe I had to buy a 386 processor computer 25 years ago to help me get through my Master's degree in computer science, and it cost over $2,500!!!! And I thought I did well to not spend even more!

My how times have changed. Not always for the better, but when it comes to high tech, yeah, the prices are sure better.

2 Responses to “Crazy cheap electronics”

  1. Tabs Says:

    Oooh, nice scores with all those cheap electronics.

    I remember being a young teen, begging my dad to get me one of those 486s with that new fancy MMX thing that I didn't really know what it was for actually, but knew it was going to play awesome games like Tie Fighter, which was indeed awesome.

    My dad, for his part, thought that despite the cost, it might help me move towards a computer science career, so he actually agreed. Cost was insane, like I think $2000 at the time.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Wow, great job on those "reasonably" priced electronics! I imagine you will need smelling salts if you have to pay for your new laptop. Smile

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