From Polaroid to Walkman, popular gadgets are now little treasures

A few months ago on TikTok, the iPod shuffle, Apple’s little music player was no longer on the market, thanks to a girl who found it at home, wondered what it was, and used it as a hair clip. It is not an isolated case. Teen chat is filled with videos of vintage gadgets, from phones to game consoles, collected under the hashtag #retrotech. Perhaps young people are increasingly feeling the topic of environment and recycling, technology may now be burning everything fast, and certainly imitation in technology is now also a unifying trend. So much so that an English site has listed famous tools worth a fortune of $150,000, a treasure that can be hidden in our homes, unused or forgotten in the attic.

For example, the Polaroid instant camera, made famous by Andy Warhol, in the OneStep version of the 1970s, was made of only six copies: today it is worth $150,000. The IBM Computer, a pioneer in personal computing that often appears in collectors’ collections, is now valued at $4,600. It’s the IBM 5150 launched in 1981 and then marketed for $1,500. To make the accounts one of the UK’s largest independent retailer of consumer electronics, Ebuyer, who highlighted in the research the potential current cost of these items considering inflation, with special reference to some limited editions. Music lovers of a certain generation cannot forget the “Walkman”, which was designed for listening to audio tapes on the go with headphones, before iPod and smartphones for downloading songs. A revolution thanks to Sony that launched this tech gadget in the late 1970s: Today according to Ebuyer, the most expensive collector’s item is the Signature Series Walkman Digital Music Player, valued at more than $3,000. Another historical gadget for those of us who were teens in the ’90s is Nintendo’s Game Boy, a white-brick game console, estimated to sell for 200 million units. Well, one of the rarest editions, the Pokomon Game Boy Advance SP Charizard Edition, in perfect condition can fetch up to $15,000. Still in the gaming business, Sony Playstation is the ’90s, and it’s also designed for adults and families.

Some collectors have spent as much as $9,000 to get one of a hundred copies of the “PlayStation 1-10 Million Edition,” created to celebrate the 10 million units sold worldwide. An honorable mention in the list, not so much for current value but because it is part of history, goes to Nokia 3310, a cult and resistant phone, where you can play endless Snake games. In the 2000s, it sold for $160, but this GSM-era classic had no value, and for an Ebuyer, it could easily be found at prices under 50 euros.

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