How much classic gadgets could be worth today – Manchester Evening News

One of the main benefits of technological advancements in the past couple of decades is that the price of tech is now actually cheaper.

Factors such as competition and more availability for different pieces of tech means that companies can offer a wide range of products for an affordable price.

For example, Apple has started offering cheaper variants of its iPhones – the iPhone SE can be picked up for £389 compared to the iPhone 13 pro max for £1,049.

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But this wasn’t always the case, a few decades ago technology was an emerging industry and new pieces of tech cost more than a pretty penny.

Research from Ebuyer has revealed how much classic pieces of tech from the past 50 years would cost if they were put on the market today at current inflation.

From the well-loved Nokia 3310 phone which is still infamous for its durability to the first PlayStation which revolutionised gaming consoles.

Gadget Original price Inflation calculated price Collector’s item value
Nokia 3310 $160

$350 (£262.09)

$40 (£29.95)

PlayStation 1


$783 (£586.32)

$9,000 (£6739.34)

Polaroid Camera


$450 (£336.97)

$150,000 (£112,322.25)

Sony Walkman


$570 (£426.82)

$3,200 (£2,396.21)

Nintendo Game Boy


$150 (£112.32)

$15,000 (£11,232.23)

IBM Model 5150


$4,600 (£3444.55)

$2,900 (£2,171.56)

Nokia 3310

The Nokia 3310 is still known for its durability

The Nokia 3310 was a piece of tech that reimagined the way people thought about mobile phones and is one of the most iconic gadgets ever created.

Praised for its great durability and long-lasting battery life, it became a bestseller for Nokia selling over 126 million units, and who can forget playing Snake on one of these bad boys!

Released in 1999, the Nokia 3310’s retail price was $160, and by using inflation figures to calculate its modern-day value, in 2020 that would be worth a handsome $350.

Sad to say that the classic Finnish mobile phone has not held its value, as you can buy one in good condition for around $40 online today.

Sony PlayStation

The original PlayStation revolutionised home-gaming

The original PlayStation was released by Sony as a “console for adults” to rival Nintendo’s gaming consoles during the 1990s, which created the platform for Sony to go on and release four more iterations of the console, with the PlayStation 2 holding the record for best-selling gaming console of all time.

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