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Ten old technological devices that are sold at exorbitant prices on the Internet

Technology advances at a dizzying pace, making what is current today, tomorrow may be completely outdated. However, this also causes the phenomenon that old disused appliances have been mythologized and sold at exorbitant prices among collectors on the Internet. If you own one of these devices and it works (or even in some cases even if it doesn’t), you might be able to do a good deal.

1.Sony Walkman

The Japanese company Sony revolutionized the world of music reproduction in 1979 with the arrival of the Walkman on the market. The first model was the TPS-L2 and buying one was not easy due to its high price. Walkmans became popular among society and reigned in the 1980s and much of the 1990s. Some models are authentic collector’s items that currently sell for up to 2,000 euros.

2.PlayStation 1

In 1995 this 32-bit video game console went on sale in Europe, the main novelty of which was that it used the CD as support, versus cartridges from Sega or Nintendo. The success was immediate and meant a radical change to the entire sector. After the first model, the console has evolved until the arrival of the current PlayStation 5, with features light years from the initial one. However, its price on the network in some cases can double that of its ‘sisters’.


When Apple already has the iPhone 13 (16th generation) on the market, its first models are still highly coveted devices. The first mobile phone in the saga went on sale in 2007, after its stellar presentation by Steve Jobs, at a price close to 400 euros. Current models can triple their price. However, the original has appreciated in value, recording sales of several thousand dollars.

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4.iPod Classic

The original iPhone isn’t the only Apple device that drives collectors of obsolete technology crazy. The appearance of the iPod in 2001 was a revolution similar to that of the Walkman. This device allowed to store hours of music. The Classic, specifically, had a storage capacity of 160 gigabytes in its latest version. The exclusive 2004 version has been sold through eBay for more than 80,000 euros.

5.Amusement machines

For 25 pesetas these machines let you play a game that always left you wanting more (who hasn’t blasphemed the classic ‘insert coin’ message?). The arcades were rented for the disappeared game rooms of the 80s and 90s, and there are not a few that are still in good working order. Currently there is a lucrative business built around them, and also pinball, with prices ranging from 1,000 to 3,000 euros.

6.Game Boy

Nintendo’s first portable console remains the third best-selling in history after the PlayStation 2 and the Nintendo DS. It arrived in Europe in 1990 and its initial success was fueled by the popular ‘Tetris’the leading video game of a whole generation and from which they sold over 30 million copies. In recent years, amounts close to 1,000 euros have been paid for an original game console together with the ‘best-selling’ game cartridge.

7.Motorola DynaTAC 8000x

Known for being the first mobile phone to be sold in the general market in the world, it weighed 800 grams and measured more than 30 centimeters, but it could be carried and was fully operational without cables. It went on the market in 1983 and in his first year he sold some 300,000 units. Originally it cost about $4,000, and today it can sell for twice as much.

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8.Nikon FM2

There are not a few analog photo cameras that have seen their value increase over time, thanks to the fact that the irruption of digital photography has turned them into cult objects. One of them is the Nikon FM2a ‘best seller’ that was in the 70’s an authentic revolution reaching all corners of the planet. Its original price was 364 dollars and currently the ‘standard’ model can sell for twice as much.

9.Casio calculators

A timeless classic, since it has been updated over the years. However, models from the 1970s and 1980s such as the popular scientific calculator Casio FX-39They can cost up to 100 euros, multiplying by five the price of its current equivalent. Most of us have used some during our time as students. If yours still works, maybe you can get economic performance out of it.

10. Tube televisions

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