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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)

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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