How times have changed and value has too.

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 20:05
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I blew into Supercheap a few days ago to pick up an handheld UHF radio they had going for $20.

It made me think about when I was a lad and the CB (27 meg) craze was on in full force. In those days (around 1977) a 23 channel hand held from Tandy was about $140.

Using petrol as a "constant", it was about 20 cents a litre in 77. Thus the radio was a cost of 700 litres. Today the equivalent toy is good for about 16 litres (based on around $1.20 a litre).

Guage it aginst a packet of smokes and it gets even worse.

Things sure are good value these days.
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 20:14

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 20:14
Don't want to scare you, but have you thought about your equation the other way around?

Today's fuel costs around 0.06 Radios

Our teenaged fuel cost around 1.42 Radios

I THINK I got it right.... sort of....
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 20:18

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 20:18
Go easy on the "our" teenaged fuel.

I'm not quite as old as you.

You're probably calculating in shillings LOL.
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 20:20

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 20:20
Soverigens, probably :)

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 20:53

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 20:53
Hell!!!

I just realised....

"I blew into Supercheap a few days ago"

Really Jimbo!
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Reply By: Exploder - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 20:37

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 20:37
The wonders of the cheep electronic age, designed cheaply, built cheaply, sold cheaply.

I reckon the difference is the radio you brought in 1977 could still be operational today; the $20 Tandy unit will be bugged in a few years, still as long as at dose what you need it to.
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Follow Up By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 22:06

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 22:06
I threw out a 27mhz, 23 channel radio in good working order... was planning on keeping it and accidently put the box in the skip at work...
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 08:04

Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 08:04
That's true Exploder. We actually used the old 27 megs a couple of years ago. My brother left the old hand held in his garage and it got flooded. We let it dry out and it works as well as ever.
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 09:13

Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 09:13
Guys I can remember the day the local co-op closed off their books and we went to buy our first calculator the day afterwards a real steal at $39.00 but it was just a few years later we went to get the Apple lle computer with the software and an 80 characters per second dot matrix printer at over $5k.

Gee, weren't Apple making a killing.
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 20:44

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 20:44
yea but here is all sorts of rubish around now. I bought a drill that drilled 1.5 holes and i had it back to the counter within 1/2 an hour. My mate bought a hacksaw that lasted 2 strokes (cmon now bit of maturity) and i bought a spade that couldnt dig 1 hole. You can still buy quality like GME for 500 bucks- how does that compare with the price of fuel?
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 20:52

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 20:52
When I was seventeen, back in 1975... do the math... , I bought an Alloy Body Makita Power Drill, with a 1/4" chuck.

30 years on, I went into Flintware, to buy another chuck key, and I brought the drill in with me, to suss out the right key.

The manager there openly said to me..."Ian, pick ANY powerdrill, on ANY of the two top shelves, and I'll swap you, that's all there is to it."

Man, there were drill from hell up there, but I have no need for any more, I've got lots, really.

I bought a chuck key, for $3.00

Still got the Makita.

I paid $40.00 for it up in Port Pirie, in 1975. The same sort of comparable drill now will cost say.... $130.00.

I usually go through 1 small pistol powerdrill, 2 x 100 mm. angle grinders each year. Throw them out, and buy new ones. I do not buy rubbish, I spend around $300.00 per item, but I use them for about 1 - 2 hours every day... they die.

My Makita didn't die, it's in retirement. Tracy has got a paint stirrer attached to it!

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Follow Up By: Gajm (VIC) - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 21:24

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 21:24
Same thing with me Wolfie, around 1980 (17) I won about $50 on lotto, and bought myself a Makita electric planer and its still going strong. I still buy decent tools, but also buy the cheap nasty ones just for the odd job, and if I get more than the 2 years out of them I am happy...funny how your standards drop.

While Im at it, anyone got a recomendation for good battery drills? something with a long life on the battery, not hours, I mean life of the battery holding a charge. The old one has been butchered and connects to 12v so it lives in the 4wd...see 4wd related
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Follow Up By: David from Engine Saver Low Water Alarms - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 22:05

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 22:05
I have had a 12v makita drill since 1982. it died 3 years ago.
Best bit of gear I ever owned.
After a suitable period of mourning I bought a really cheap copy.
The battery died within 3 months.
I cut the bottom out of the battery case & fitted a century ps 1212 1.2ah gel cell battery.
I have since done this to 3 other drills other folks have thrown away because the battery had died.
I Am now converted to sh*t drills with quality batterys.
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 07:54

Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 07:54
Makita for quality, or Dewalt for top shelf..... but Dewalts prices are frightening.....
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 10:14

Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 10:14
I might have to call into Flintware myself next time I'm down in town. I still have my 9 1/4" Makita aluminium power saw needs bushes and the guard is missing but still works (circa 1976) and a makita planer of similar vintage that still works fine. They might let me loose in the shop for 15 minutes grab what you want. lol
I also have a Dewalt 12" Radial Arm Saw that needs a new home as I don't have room for it in my shed. It also has a dust extractor with it too.
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Follow Up By: Goughy - Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 14:30

Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 14:30
Mr lexic,
I don't suppose you live in North Queensland as I would like to buy the Radial arm...
ps, do you know they have found a dyslexia for cure now.....
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 18:07

Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 18:07
Sorry, I live in Southern SA.
If they cure Deslexia, I'll have to change my name.
I'll have to speak to the doc.
Sorry it took so long to respond but it's taken me ages to type out this reply. LOL
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Follow Up By: Member - Bradley- Monday, Feb 27, 2006 at 11:25

Monday, Feb 27, 2006 at 11:25
sorry Brian, dewalt's only black and decker , for top shelf i'll take a hilti or panasonic drill anyday.

Panasonic battery drills are incredible, but at $600 odd bucks for a 12v they should be :-))
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Reply By: porl - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 23:12

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 23:12
I bought a 40L weed pump sprayer from M something 10 for $20 - friggin bargain. was going to do the football field with Kamba to kill the wiregrass with some club members. Missed the weekend we planned because it was going to rain, next weekend in the saturday paper 8 hours before I was going to fill it with this stuff whose instructions advise openers to wear "boots, full length overalls done up at all points, chemical safe respirator and elbow length glovers" i read in the morning paper there was a "recall" cause it was liable to break open when full. Hmm, mum would not be impressed if dad carked on the football field soaked in Kamba.

Maybe this did go on a long time ago but i don't remember it.

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Reply By: bigcol - Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 08:26

Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 08:26
Unfortunately a lot of the cheap stuff these days is just plain rubbish.
Most hardwares all stock there fair share of it especially the real big green ones.

I bought some tail lights for the camper trailer from Super not so cheap.
I couldn't buy the lense only like i wanted i had to buy the backing plate as well.
The backing plate was so badly made when you tightened the screws up it distorted it that much that you couldn't mount the lense.
Luckily the lense fitted the old backing plates
The new ones went in the bin

Cheers
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