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Every once in a while I'll be cleaning out some old files and come across old price sheets. They really make you appreciate how far things have come, and make you realize that at least where computers are concerned, you are living in the future. I googled "1990's pc price sheets" and came across this from May 1990:

Computer prices circa May 1990

November 10, 2008 in Internet & Technology

I was rooting around though some old text files on my computer, and came up with this price list from when I was shopping for a new computer around my birthday. All prices from May 23, 1990, in Canadian funds:

80386-16 SX 0 Wait States 1 Megabyte Ram Exp. to 16 Megs
40 Megabyte Miniscribe 8015A IDE Hard Drive 28 Msec Voice,Auto
1:1 IDE Host Adapter Floppy Drive and Hard Disk Control 32 K Cache
1.2 Megabyte 5.25″ Floppy Drive
200 Watt CSA Approved Power Supply
Mini-Size Tower Case with Led Display and 5 Drive bays
101 Enhanced Keyboard with Tactile Keyclick
AT Multi I/O ( Serial, Parallel and Game Ports)
Hercules Compatible Graphics Card with Parallel Port
12″ Hires Amber TTL Monitor
One Year warranty on system and Two Years on Hard Disk

****** Price: $1695.00 Plus Prov. Sales Tax

Yikes, not even a colour monitor. I’ve got the full list, which has a long listing of all of their individual component prices too. For the most part, the prices aren’t that different than today’s – but what you get for that price is incredibly different. Pretty dramatic and easily grasped way to see how far technology’s come in the last 18 years. My favourite: a 14.4 kbps modem was over $1,500. The funny bit is, that’s not even that out of line with today’s prices; that modem would last five years, while we’re all paying at least $1,500 every 5 years for broadband.

Full list after the jump:

LabTop Computers
7705 6th Street Burnaby, BC V3N 3M4
(604) 526-1770
“Service and Quality Workmanship Since 1984″

LabTop Computers Price List – Updated May 23rd 1990

[1] Lab386SX
80386-16 SX 0 Wait States 1 Megabyte Ram Exp. to 16 Megs
40 Megabyte Miniscribe 8015A IDE Hard Drive 28 Msec Voice,Auto
1:1 IDE Host Adapter Floppy Drive and Hard Disk Control 32 K Cache
1.2 Megabyte 5.25″ Floppy Drive
200 Watt CSA Approved Power Supply
Mini-Size Tower Case with Led Display and 5 Drive bays
101 Enhanced Keyboard with Tactile Keyclick
AT Multi I/O ( Serial, Parallel and Game Ports)
Hercules Compatible Graphics Card with Parallel Port
12″ Hires Amber TTL Monitor
One Year warranty on system and Two Years on Hard Disk

****** Price: $1695.00 Plus Prov. Sales Tax

[2] Lab286
80286-12 0 Wait States 1 Megabyte Ram
40 Megabyte Miniscribe 8015A IDE Hard Drive 28 Msec Voice,Auto
1:1 IDE Host Adapter Floppy Drive and Hard Disk Control 32K Cache
1.2 Megabyte 5.25″ Floppy Drive
200 Watt CSA Approved Power Supply
Mini-Size Tower Case with LED Display and 5 Drive Bays
101 Enhanced Keyboard with Tactile Keyclick
AT Multi I/O ( Serial, Parallel and Game Ports)
Hercules Compatible Graphics Card with Parallel Port
12″ Hires Amber TTL Monitor
One Year Warranty on System Two Years on Hard Disk

****** Price: $1295.00 Plus Prov. Sales Tax

Add-Ons to System [1] and [2]
System [1] without Hard Disk $1250.00
System [2] without Hard Disk $ 850.00
System [1] or [2] Add 1.44 Megabyte 3.5″ Floppy Drive $ 100.00
System [1] Add 16 bit VGA Card + Monitor .31 pitch $ 480.00
System [2] Add 16 bit VGA Card + Monitor .31 pitch $ 460.00
System [1] Add 1 Megabyte Ram $ 130.00
System [1] or [2] Add FULL-TOWER $ 125.00
System [1] or [2] Add 2nd Serial Port $ 20.00
System [1] or [2] Add 80 Meg Conners Hard Drive $ 375.00
System [1] Add 16 bit VGA Card + Monitor .39 pitch $ 375.00
System [2] Add 16 bit VGA Card + Monitor .39 pitch $ 410.00

[3] Lab88XT
8088 0 Wait States 640K Ram
20 Megabyte Miniscribe 8225 IDE Hard Drive 40 Msec
1:1 IDE Host Adapter Floppy Drive and Hard Disk Control 8 K Cache
360 K 5.25″ Floppy Drive
150 Watt CSA Approved Power Supply
Med Size AT Style Case with Led Display and 4 Drive bays
101 Enhanced Keyboard with Tactile Keyclick
AT Multi I/O ( Serial, Parallel,Clock and Game Ports)
Hercules Compatible Graphics Card with Parallel Port
12″ Hires Amber TTL Monitor
One Year warranty on system and Two Years on Hard Disk

**** Price: $900.00 Plus Prov. Sales Tax

Add-Ons to System [3]
System [3] without Hard Disk $ 650.00
System [3] with 720K 3.5″ Floppy Drive $ 985.00
System [3] with 8 bit VGA Package $ 450.00

Other Systems

(Same as System One Complete with 40 Mg HD, 1.2 FD, ATIO, Kbd,Mono Monitor 1:1 IDE Host Adapter bundled in 19″ Tower Case with LED Display and 1 Meg FAST Ram)

80386-20 DX 0 wait states no cache $ 2099.00
80386-25 DX 0 wait states no cache $ 2195.00
80386-25 DX 0 wait states 64K TTL Cache $ 2395.00
80386-33 DX 0 wait states 64K TTL Cache $ 2595.00
Mitsubishi 80286-12 40 Meg HD Instant Office 2400 BPS Modem $ 2550.00

Miscellaneous Hardware
1.44 Megabyte 3.5″ Floppy Drive $ 100.00
720K 3.5″ Floppy Drive $ 75.00
2nd Serial Kit ( 3 Chips + Cable) $ 20.00
360K 5.25″ Floppy Drive $ 85.00
1.2 Meg 5.25″ Floppy Drive $ 100.00
16bit VGA Oak with 256K Ram $ 129.00
16bit Trident VGA with 256K Ram $ 159.00
MiniMicro VGA Monitor (640×480 Res.) .31 pitch $ 455.00
MiniMicro VGA Monitor (640×480 Res.) .39 Pitch $ 395.00
Viewperfect III VGA Monitor (1024×768) .28 pitch $ 675.00
Trident VGA 16bit with 512K Ram $ 205.00
Adlib Music Board $ 165.00
Frecom FAX 9600 Send/Recieve $ 225.00

Math CPU Chips

IIT S2DC Fast Math Chips. 40% faster than Intel (c) and 100% Compatible

8087-2 $199.00
80287-8 $275.00
80287-10 $299.00
80287-12 $375.00
80287-20 $459.00
80387-16SX $425.00
80387-20DX $499.00
80387-25DX $695.00
80387-33DX $795.00

Hard Disk Drives
Mitsubishi 547 42 Megabytes 28Msec(64 RLL) Voice,Auto $399.00
Seagate 4096 80 Megabytes 28Msec(120 RLL) Stepper,Auto $799.00
Miniscribe 8450 40 Megabytes 40 Msec Stepper $350.00
Miniscribe 8227 20 Megabytes IDE 8K cache with Host Adapter $325.00
Seagate 157A 49 Megabytes IDE 8K cache,Stepper with Host Adapter $465.00
Miniscribe 8051A 40 Megabytes IDE 32K cache Voice,Auto 2yr. War. $440.00
Conner’s 105 Megabytes 25 Msec! Voice IDE 40K cache,Auto Park $950.00
Conner’s 80 Megabytes 25 Msec! Voice IDE 40K Cache,Auto Park $799.00
IDE 16bit Host Adapters Floppy/Hard Control 1:1 int. $ 50.00

Modems
3/1200 BPS Internal Modem $ 85.00
3/12/2400 BPS Internal Modem $ 125.00
3/1200 BPS External Modem $ 129.00
3/12/2400 BPS External Modem TOWER $ 169.00
3/12/24/9600/14.4 KBPS External USR VHST $ 825.00
3/12/24/9600 BPS Internal V32 Hayes 9600 Std $ 750.00
3/12/24/9600/14.4 KBPS External V32 V28 Hayes/USR DUAL $1525.00

Printers
Panasonic 1180 192 CPS 9 pin $ 269.00
Panasonic 1191 240 CPS 9 pin $ 359.00
Panasonic 1124 192 CPS 9 pin $ 449.00
Fujitsu DL-3400 288 CPS 24 Pin WIDE $ 675.00
Brother ME-109 140 CPS 9pin $ 179.00
Citizen GSX-140 192 CPS 24pin $ 460.00
Citizen GSX-200 240 CPS 9pin $ 275.00
Citizen GSX Color Kits $ 100.00
Fujitsu RX7100 Laser Printer 640K 6pg/min $1299.00
HP LaserJet IIP $1550.00
HP LaserJet III $2395.00
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MouseMouse Pad
Cooler Master CM Storm Inferno Custom  
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