We’ve all been witness to the cost of new technology and what happens to the price once the public embraces it. Back in the 70s a friend purchased a new four-function digital adding machine and was trilled to get it for only $500. Today we all have a scientific calculator as a part of our smart phones and four-function calculators are given away ala cheap advertising ball point pens.
The same thing has happened in so many areas of technology and especially in the computer business. When I began building PCs in the late 80s my cheapest would sell for over $2000 and compared with today’s $400 computer, it was a toy.
I can recall when a simple black/white laser printer cost $1000 and a dot-matrix $300. Several years ago I purchased a nice Samsung monochrome laser for less than $60, including shipping, and have since seen them on sale for even less. This morning I received an email advertising a Canon all-in-one, wireless, color laser printer for $169.99 including shipping. Even though I have no need for one I told my wife I was going to buy one just to say I paid so little.
She’s still scornfully staring at me!