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Memory Lane 1 - High Street Consumer Electronics, 25 years ago.

I've always been interested in consumer electronics, but when I was growing up in the 1980s finding out about the latest products was a lot more difficult than just clicking on a link to The Verge, Engadget or Gizmodo. You couldn't even pick up a copy of T3 or Stuff magazine, you actually had to go into a town and visit a real shop (remember them).

One of the biggest high street names in the UK at the time was Dixons. Now because my £3 pocket-money was usually spent on a budget game for my Spectrum, I couldn't actually afford any of the gadgets on display, so I made do with picking up one of the free catalogues off the counter. When I returned home from the trip this was my own version of the WWW, I used to spend hours poring over these catalogues, wondering if I'd ever be able to save up £1299 to buy a camcorder, and if I could, which one would I'd buy.

The recent demise of a number of familiar UK High Street chains has made me think back to the days when I'd take a trip to the shops just for fun. Luckily I've saved a few of the store catalogues that I picked up in the 1980s and thought you might enjoy having a look at one of them, so I've scanned it and posted a slideshow below.

If this post generates any interest, I have a handful of these (not all from Dixons) that I can upload over time, so please let me know if you would like to see any more.  

This catalogue is from late 1986/early 1987 so it's more like 26 and a bit years ago...but accuracy would have made for a less snappy headline.

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Reader Comments (25)

Wow,that was a past from the past matt,i to used to spend my time in the Dixon shops looking at all that stuff i couldn't afford too,Lol
Do you remember the Tandy shops,they were like Dixons and maplins rolled into one,it was another great shop to spend some time in.
Hope you post up some more magazines.

Thanks for doing that.


February 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwillie

Interesting, looking at the prices alone, TV's, computers and SLR cameras are roundabout the 'same' price now as they were then @£400-£500ish. I recall the Minolta 7000 was a top bit of photography kit at the time and the TV's, computers and now dSLR's are a LOT better nowadays!

Back then top end (British made) Moulton AM7 bicycle would have been around the same (£500) but now an equivalent Moulton TSR is @£1500!

February 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

A lovely retrospective. Back when Amstrad was at the forefront of home computing.

February 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGareth Myles

This makes for fantastic reading, thanks or posting

February 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEddie

Wow, the spectrum +2 had its own built in tape player! I still have my spectrum in a box somewhere with all its stuff, but now i find emulators to play instead. Im pretty sure one of those aiwa walkmans is the same on i got from Dixons.

February 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdave w

Apologies for the delay before some comments have appeared...Squarespace is falsely identifying them as spam.

I'm glad this has been of some interest. I'm working on the next video this weekend...but will return to this at some point. I have a nice Laskys brochure that really takes me back.

February 16, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Remember Radio Shack? - maybe I'm too old! Still going stong though!

February 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRob

If you consider what the pound was worth then and now too, it's amazing, and also how easy we've become accustomed to price changes. People moan at Apple charging £100 for another 16GB of memory (yes it's a rip when a memory stick is £8), but go back to those times and I remember paying £70 for a 32k memory upgrade for my Spectrum 16k! Also a Courier V.Everything HST modem which was £700. Even more astonishing, Ebuyer are still selling them!

February 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterslimgym

The Sony Walkman on page 17 brings back memories. I bought an original one in 1984 - it seemed so hi-tech at the time. In 1986 I bought an AIWA personal stereo cassette player, very similar to the one on page 17 also, with the 3-band equaliser. It also came with a TV channel band (audio only), VHF channels 1 to 12. I bought it in Singapore and still have it today.

February 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

That's just before I started in photographic retail (independent shop) and I remember selling many of those items. The best thing though, was getting friendly with the reps and borrowing samples I could only dream of affording, like a Minolta 9000 or Tamron 300mm f2.8. As an ice hockey photographer, it was just what I needed. I used to go through brochures like the one above, imaging what I would choose if I could buy one thing from each double-page spread. Sadly, I occasionally find myself still doing that now and again!

With the way the high street is going, we're increasingly going to find ourselves buying things without ever having the chance to try them out first, and that's a depressing thought.

February 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlasdair

Oh, and I still have the Technics CD and tape deck and Mordaunt Short speakers I bought with my first few paychecks. Only the Technics amp gave up the ghost just a few years back. For those who don't know, Technics was the higher end brand from Panasonic, famous for its SL-1200 DJ-standard turntables. The brand has been gradually phased out unfortunately.

How many of our current consumer goods will still be fully working in 2038?

February 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlasdair

"Do you remember the Tandy shops"
"Remember Radio Shack?"

They were one and the same, having started out as separate companies in the USA. Their main in-house brand was "Realistic" Again, I still have a Tandy multi-tester and headphones (not in the one item! LOL)

February 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlasdair

Superb! More please. I used to do exactly the same as you did! Takes me back to my childhood too!!

February 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Devanney

Great post.

Reminded me of my beloved 'Computer Shopper' mags. I bought them and dreamt over what I saw on every one of its pages. I used to dream about what I'd buy if lived on the US and had the money :D .

Too bad I didn't keep any of the mags.

February 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCalvinH

"I used to spend hours pouring over these catalogues". What on earth were you pouring over them? Was cider your tipple?
Seriously, I'm way older than you (hence taught to spell!) and I much enjoyed this trip down memory lane.
I enjoy your videos immensely. Keep up the good work..

February 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPigman

Apologies, I've corrected my catastrophic spelling faux pas.

February 17, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Another sign of the times. I recently shoved my VCR under the bed. Have not used it in a few years and probably never will again even though I have some old VCR tapes in the house.

February 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDerick

Thinking about longevity in some older equipment, I bought a Philips D-3210-FTD 'Electronic Clock Radio in 1982. It was very modern-looking at the time with its slim design and digital display. Still on my bedside table and going strong today after 31 years of use!

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

I'm 41 years old and remember these store brochures with the same nostalgia and thoughts etc. I've got a few downloaded ones from the mid 1980s, namely a 1984 Argos catalogue and some Tandy, which was replaced by Maplin once Tandy had gone. Also have a look at the credit finance rates back then........more than 30%! Which is why buying a TV, HiFi or domestic appliance was literally a BIG deal to the ordinary person; whatever they bought had to last at least ten years or more; contrast that with todays disposable easy-come-easy-go mentality, where my sister was treat with sympathy and charity just because her main TV was more than THREE yeas old! Our first black & white TV lasted 14 years before glowing bright orange and going pop. Our next TV, a colour model lasted 23 years but the picture was very fuzzy and faded. Our third TV we still have which was bought in June 2006.

Yes more old brochures and catalogues etc please as they are very interesting!

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIan H

I still see them mini TV Radio combos in thrift stores here in Canada, they made stuff to last back then Matt.

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

This is simply ace... I would love to see the others that you have... Worthy post indeed..

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNeil Howells

Same memory lane here - hey, there's my first radio (JVC Scoop) - man, these were great times back then...

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSimon S

I'm 38 and from Finland, enjoyed looking at these 80's consumer electronics, wish I had saved some catalogues too. I only have one catalogue about video rent chain from 1984 but it doesn't have the machines, just movies. I had white Commodore 64C with cassette drive just like in this brochure, unfortunately sold it in 1991 but still have Amiga 500 in working condition :)
Hope to see more these in the future!

February 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter80's kid

This is when rip off Brittan was at its height that Canon sureshot supreme at £140 was probably the equivalent of £40 in the US
chart CDs sold for £15 here in 1986 and $5 Dollars in the USA

February 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIan

The sizes of some of the "lightweight camcorders" are truly terrifying. Could be construed as a weapon these days.

Would be great to compare this flyer with one from a supermarket around the same time to put these prices into perspective inflationwise.

March 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterexpat

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