Retro Tech - A Retrospective

Tuesday, 21st March, 2017 - 15:14

Here at Fone Wizard we believe in finding a place for your old phone, unwanted tablets and faulty gadgets. Be it to save the environment, refurbish them for reuse or simply help someone find that certain something. There are a lot of old electrical gizmos out there that have a value to someone, somewhere, and the need for ‘Retro-Tech’ is a growing trend.

From the computers humble beginnings, through the digital revolution, the 80’s, the 90’s the noughties right upto today, there is a plethora of ‘Retro’ devices and technology that has a price to make you think twice about throwing the box away!  

A highly rare Apple-1 Computer is going up for auction in Cologne, Germany on the 20th May, with hopes of raising £250,000. It is believed to be one of eight fully working models left in the world and was built and marketed back in 1976 by Apple founders Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs. The computer comes complete with the monitor, motherboard, keyboard, instructions and even recorded phone conversations between Jobs and Wozniak.

If you grew up in the late 80s and early 90s without a Nintendo Gameboy you were in the minority. The pioneering handheld console was a huge hit with games like Super Mario Land, Tetris and Donky Kong. If you held onto your box and all the particulars you could be in possession of a highly valuable bit of retro tech. Currently there is a mint condition Gameboy on eBay for £1,444.

Back in the early noughties Nokia were the dominant phone manufacturer and their iconic 3210 kept them ahead of the competitors for many years. The much loved handset is currently being rereleased with seminal game snake for less than £50, but an original model, box fresh, sold for £5,578 last year.

If music is what you’re after, stay on eBay, because a 1st generation iPod classic is currently priced at $20,000 (£16,044). However, the iPod isn’t the most expensive piece of retro apple tech on the website as a box fresh 1st generation iPhone is up for £8,999.99!

So it is worth going through the loft or the garage and digging out your old deceives, unwanted phones and faulty gadgets, because they could bring in some cash.