Tuesday, November 24, 2009

changing times…..

In 1970, my parents made a decision to buy a color TV.  I think it was a 19” “portable” and it cost something like $700.  That same year, my dad bought an Olds 88 for $5200 and I think my dad was making something like $6 an hour at the time.  So, that TV represented a major purchase for our family.

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In 1976, the year I went off to college, I spent $299 for a color TV from a guy by the name of Moose Lueder.  He owned a TV sales and repair shop in my home town.  I shopped everywhere and that thing was a great buy.  I think I was making something like $2 an hour at the time, a major purchase for me.

Today, I heard about a 32” flat screen TV being sold by Wal-Mart for $248 on Black Friday, and a 50” TV being sold for $498.

The amazing thing is I’ve got color TV’s coming out of my ears.  My TV’s have TV’s.    And, I still want another one, bigger, brighter, crisper, better.  To think just a generation ago, we would have to work for over 100 hours to get a TV that we wouldn’t even look at today. 

Things have changed.

4 comments:

  1. Not entirely true, I shopped and shopped for the perfect television. Settling on a 37" 1080p set I found at best buy, I eagerly went to get it cashing in all of my credit card reward points to make the purchase, having only to spend about $200 out of my pocket. I worked very hard to get the deal I wanted and the television I wanted, something top of the line that I would enjoy for years. That television set cost me 53 man hours, and it was worth every penny.

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  2. What else do you remember about Moose's Store?

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