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Vintage Price Lists...
« on: 11:13, 25 January 21 »
Hi,
      while looking through very old electronics notes/schematics, I realised that some of the were written on the back of old price lists, so I thought I'd scan one just to remind us what these computers cost back then. The list is from 1989 for QTH Computers in Dublin. The prices are in Punt (Irish pounds).

I have a few other (non-Amstrad) lists if anyone is interested.

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Re: Vintage Price Lists...
« Reply #1 on: 11:25, 25 January 21 »
Boy those 14" monitor prices...

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Re: Vintage Price Lists...
« Reply #2 on: 11:30, 25 January 21 »
Boy those 14" monitor prices...

I have Commodore, Phillips and Atari price lists too if you'd like to compare.

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Re: Vintage Price Lists...
« Reply #3 on: 11:31, 25 January 21 »
If you insist...

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Re: Vintage Price Lists...
« Reply #4 on: 11:35, 25 January 21 »
Commodore.

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Re: Vintage Price Lists...
« Reply #5 on: 11:39, 25 January 21 »
Thank goodness I was 'stuck' with my 6128 right then, I can feel my eyes well up with those prices even now...

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Re: Vintage Price Lists...
« Reply #6 on: 11:40, 25 January 21 »
Check out the Phillips PC with 330MB HDD and colour VGA - 12K Punt = €24,000 !! €30,000 if you include the taxes!


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Re: Vintage Price Lists...
« Reply #7 on: 11:51, 25 January 21 »
And the Atari list. In case you are wondering. I was working for a company (summer job) in 1990 doing schematic work and the boss asked me to go into town and get some quotes on new computers because the company were taking on new engineers.

We were running OrCAD and AutoCAD on these, so they had to be the best available.

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Re: Vintage Price Lists...
« Reply #8 on: 12:00, 25 January 21 »
Are these Irish pounds/punts? Was that worth similar to Sterling?
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Re: Vintage Price Lists...
« Reply #9 on: 12:02, 25 January 21 »
Check out the Phillips PC with 330MB HDD and colour VGA - 12K Punt = €24,000 !! €30,000 if you include the taxes!


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Jesus Christ, the 386 had been out for what, three years by then? Four?

I feel a weight pressing down on my chest.

And why did Atari only offer '88s? Where are the PC4 and 5? They looked pretty nice too! Though judging by the copier quality maybe it was for the best :D

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Re: Vintage Price Lists...
« Reply #10 on: 12:16, 25 January 21 »
And finally, here's the original Commodore PC10/20/30 Brochure. The company ended up buying Commodores. I also bought a PC20HD (with 12in Amber monitor) at the time because the employees were offered the same discount they gave the company.

Are these Irish pounds/punts? Was that worth similar to Sterling?

Yes. The Punt was around 80 pence GBP at the time.

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« Last Edit: 12:19, 25 January 21 by Bryce »

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Re: Vintage Price Lists...
« Reply #11 on: 12:26, 25 January 21 »
That's a nice leaflet. Commodore were heavily invested in the PC market by then, makes sense...

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Re: Vintage Price Lists...
« Reply #12 on: 15:10, 25 January 21 »
25% VAT? OMG
I think we had a 15% general VAT back in those days in Spain and a 20% Luxury VAT.

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Re: Vintage Price Lists...
« Reply #13 on: 15:24, 25 January 21 »
I think it was 13% in Greece. There was a luxury VAT here as well, but I do think computers did not fall in that category (surprisingly!).

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Re: Vintage Price Lists...
« Reply #14 on: 16:07, 25 January 21 »
Exchange rate Punt : D-Mark was about 1:2.65

I remember how much I liked the 2086 and how impressive VGA was. But VGA in a 8086 wasn't a lot of fun even then, it was just too expensive for a 15 year old. Especially since everybody recommended to go 286 and take mono monitor instead... I didn't think I want LESS colors than before. So I got the brand new Atari STE for half the price.

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Re: Vintage Price Lists...
« Reply #15 on: 22:47, 25 January 21 »
I was too young when price lists of Amstrad / Schneider were popular; probably I didn't also care too much as my parents paid for my CPC stuff. Of course later I had to pay the stuff myself, that was the era of 286 etc. Maybe thats the reason I nowadays like to have a look at  old "Vobis Denkzettel" and other "Escom" price lists. Each time there was a new configuration, of course way better than the previous one ;)

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Re: Vintage Price Lists...
« Reply #16 on: 11:43, 26 January 21 »
I was too young when price lists of Amstrad / Schneider were popular; probably I didn't also care too much as my parents paid for my CPC stuff. Of course later I had to pay the stuff myself, that was the era of 286 etc. Maybe thats the reason I nowadays like to have a look at  old "Vobis Denkzettel" and other "Escom" price lists. Each time there was a new configuration, of course way better than the previous one ;)

A had a few really old (mid 90's) Atelco katalogues. Depending where you are in Germany, you probably knew Atelco too?

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Re: Vintage Price Lists...
« Reply #17 on: 12:01, 26 January 21 »
Whoa - the Maplins catalogue comes in at over 800 pages :o
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Re: Vintage Price Lists...
« Reply #18 on: 12:05, 26 January 21 »
Whoa - the Maplins catalogue comes in at over 800 pages :o

Let us know when you've finished scanning it. :D

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Re: Vintage Price Lists...
« Reply #19 on: 12:09, 26 January 21 »
Har har - funny guy!


The 12th of Never comes to mind - having said that I'll hold onto it for a while just in case anyone wants to pay the postage for it.

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Re: Vintage Price Lists...
« Reply #20 on: 12:11, 26 January 21 »
Here we didn't have such huge catalogues - I think the first time I saw something of the sort was an Argos catalogue when I was in the UK. However I find them very very fascinating and fantastic to browse through!!

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Re: Vintage Price Lists...
« Reply #21 on: 12:11, 26 January 21 »
in case anyone wants to pay the postage for it.

Would probably cost a kidney :D

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Re: Vintage Price Lists...
« Reply #22 on: 12:13, 26 January 21 »
Hi @Gryzor - picture fine at this end but rotates 180 degrees when uploaded - any idea why?

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Re: Vintage Price Lists...
« Reply #23 on: 12:28, 26 January 21 »
Hm, not really familiar with such issues, but exif data seems kinda lacking... if you could upload it somewhere else or email it to me I could possibly find out more. The EXIF orientation line merely states "horizontal" which does not provide enough information to properly rotate it.


[EDIT] on closer examination the image says it must be rotated (Orientation:   Rotate 180), but I'm not sure whether this piece of data is in the original or if it was added by the forum software, so if you can send it to me it'd be great :)
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Re: Vintage Price Lists...
« Reply #24 on: 12:42, 26 January 21 »
The exif data of the jpg file contains orientation information. The viewer on your PC (depending which viewer you use) ignores this, but the forum doesn't...

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