You might think of eBay as the go-to place for picking up the knick knacks of yesteryear — and it is that — but it’s so much more. If you’re in the mood for something a little more shiny than a vintage Odyssey 2 console from the ’70s, for instance, eBay has plenty of 21st century deals on electronics and technology right here.
It’s always fun to take a look at technology from the perspective of where we’ve been compared to what’s available on the market today, and it gives us some idea of what we might expect in the future. Having been born in the ’70s (ancient history to some of you, or just yesterday if you’re my parents), I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years. I didn’t grow up with an Internet and on-demand access to information like we take for granted today, so I appreciate the conveniences of the modern day and would be loathe to live without them now.
Still, I get bitten by the nostalgia bug every now and again and like to take a gander back to the days of my youth. Thanks to the aforementioned Internet and its trusty auction house for keepsakes new and old, eBay, I’ve always got a window to my personal past should I ever want to look up an old friend like an Atari 2600 or a rare Blue Snaggletooth Star Wars action figure from 1978.
Again, not everything you can find on eBay is a relic of a bygone era. There are plenty of new finds to tempt you — and your pocketbook — should you go looking. Speaking only for myself, I know that I’d rather go hunting on the Internet for anything I’m thinking of buying rather than scouring the local malls, shopping centers, thrift stores, and flea markets — and eBay is often my most valuable resource for tracking down the things I want at reasonable prices. It’s been around since 1995 (ancient history to some of you, or just yesterday if you’re me), and has a convenient rating system to let me know if a would-be seller has earned the trust of the community or if they’re a fly-by-night shyster on the verge of being banned forever from plying their sneaky trade in the hallowed virtual halls of this honorable institution.
If you want to see some of the fun, geeky things from the ’70s that I’ve managed to track down, have a look at my Five Ways Geeks Remember the ’70s guide at eBay.
Don’t worry — it’s not just my five favorite original Star Wars action figures… at least not this time. Maybe they deserve their own list? Let me know what you’d like to see in future eBay guides!