An American perspective on the late great Sir Clive Sinclair, from Fast Company
lproven at gmail.com
Wed Sep 29 10:37:17 CDT 2021
On Mon, 27 Sept 2021 at 22:49, Fred Cisin via cctalk
<cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
> I think that it is truly tragic about the price gouging.
The TI-99/4A wasn't a great computer, with foolish design compromises,
but it was driven out of the market by unfair pricing.
The Amiga was a superior machine in almost every way to the Atari ST,
and should have been a bit more expensive -- I'm sure it was to
produce. But no, another price war.
And so on.
> A number of people have commented that computers were sold as if the
> exchange rate was 1:1!
Yup. But that was probably me. A computer that sold for $1000
> would be sold in UK for 1000 GBP! (the equivalent of $3000)
Yup. A particular habit of Apple, to be fair, but not unique to them.
Also, the US cost of living is substantially cheaper -- e.g. gasoline.
Today the average US price is €0.80 per litre.
EU average is about c€1.40 per litre.
> How much did the TRS80 sell for in UK?
They were pretty rare here -- I don't think I ever saw a single one
anywhere outside Tandy store display units.
Model I, 4K Level I: £385.25
Model I, 16K Level II: £546.25
Liam Proven • Profile: https://about.me/liamproven
Email: lproven at cix.co.uk • gMail/gTalk/FB: lproven at gmail.com
Twitter/LinkedIn: lproven • Skype: liamproven
UK: +44 7939-087884 • ČR (+ WhatsApp/Telegram/Signal): +420 702-829-053
More information about the cctalk