I was rooting around though some old text files on my computer, and came up with this price list from when I was shopping for a new computer around my birthday. All prices from May 23, 1990, in Canadian funds:

80386-16 SX 0 Wait States 1 Megabyte Ram Exp. to 16 Megs
40 Megabyte Miniscribe 8015A IDE Hard Drive 28 Msec Voice,Auto
1:1 IDE Host Adapter Floppy Drive and Hard Disk Control 32 K Cache
1.2 Megabyte 5.25″ Floppy Drive
200 Watt CSA Approved Power Supply
Mini-Size Tower Case with Led Display and 5 Drive bays
101 Enhanced Keyboard with Tactile Keyclick
AT Multi I/O ( Serial, Parallel and Game Ports)
Hercules Compatible Graphics Card with Parallel Port
12″ Hires Amber TTL Monitor
One Year warranty on system and Two Years on Hard Disk

****** Price: $1695.00 Plus Prov. Sales Tax

Yikes, not even a colour monitor. I’ve got the full list, which has a long listing of all of their individual component prices too. For the most part, the prices aren’t that different than today’s – but what you get for that price is incredibly different. Pretty dramatic and easily grasped way to see how far technology’s come in the last 18 years. My favourite: a 14.4 kbps modem was over $1,500. The funny bit is, that’s not even that out of line with today’s prices; that modem would last five years, while we’re all paying at least $1,500 every 5 years for broadband.

Full list after the jump:

LabTop Computers
7705 6th Street Burnaby, BC V3N 3M4
(604) 526-1770
“Service and Quality Workmanship Since 1984”

LabTop Computers Price List – Updated May 23rd 1990

[1] Lab386SX
80386-16 SX 0 Wait States 1 Megabyte Ram Exp. to 16 Megs
40 Megabyte Miniscribe 8015A IDE Hard Drive 28 Msec Voice,Auto
1:1 IDE Host Adapter Floppy Drive and Hard Disk Control 32 K Cache
1.2 Megabyte 5.25″ Floppy Drive
200 Watt CSA Approved Power Supply
Mini-Size Tower Case with Led Display and 5 Drive bays
101 Enhanced Keyboard with Tactile Keyclick
AT Multi I/O ( Serial, Parallel and Game Ports)
Hercules Compatible Graphics Card with Parallel Port
12″ Hires Amber TTL Monitor
One Year warranty on system and Two Years on Hard Disk

****** Price: $1695.00 Plus Prov. Sales Tax

[2] Lab286
80286-12 0 Wait States 1 Megabyte Ram
40 Megabyte Miniscribe 8015A IDE Hard Drive 28 Msec Voice,Auto
1:1 IDE Host Adapter Floppy Drive and Hard Disk Control 32K Cache
1.2 Megabyte 5.25″ Floppy Drive
200 Watt CSA Approved Power Supply
Mini-Size Tower Case with LED Display and 5 Drive Bays
101 Enhanced Keyboard with Tactile Keyclick
AT Multi I/O ( Serial, Parallel and Game Ports)
Hercules Compatible Graphics Card with Parallel Port
12″ Hires Amber TTL Monitor
One Year Warranty on System Two Years on Hard Disk

****** Price: $1295.00 Plus Prov. Sales Tax

Add-Ons to System [1] and [2]
System [1] without Hard Disk $1250.00
System [2] without Hard Disk $ 850.00
System [1] or [2] Add 1.44 Megabyte 3.5″ Floppy Drive $ 100.00
System [1] Add 16 bit VGA Card + Monitor .31 pitch $ 480.00
System [2] Add 16 bit VGA Card + Monitor .31 pitch $ 460.00
System [1] Add 1 Megabyte Ram $ 130.00
System [1] or [2] Add FULL-TOWER $ 125.00
System [1] or [2] Add 2nd Serial Port $ 20.00
System [1] or [2] Add 80 Meg Conners Hard Drive $ 375.00
System [1] Add 16 bit VGA Card + Monitor .39 pitch $ 375.00
System [2] Add 16 bit VGA Card + Monitor .39 pitch $ 410.00

[3] Lab88XT
8088 0 Wait States 640K Ram
20 Megabyte Miniscribe 8225 IDE Hard Drive 40 Msec
1:1 IDE Host Adapter Floppy Drive and Hard Disk Control 8 K Cache
360 K 5.25″ Floppy Drive
150 Watt CSA Approved Power Supply
Med Size AT Style Case with Led Display and 4 Drive bays
101 Enhanced Keyboard with Tactile Keyclick
AT Multi I/O ( Serial, Parallel,Clock and Game Ports)
Hercules Compatible Graphics Card with Parallel Port
12″ Hires Amber TTL Monitor
One Year warranty on system and Two Years on Hard Disk

**** Price: $900.00 Plus Prov. Sales Tax

Add-Ons to System [3]
System [3] without Hard Disk $ 650.00
System [3] with 720K 3.5″ Floppy Drive $ 985.00
System [3] with 8 bit VGA Package $ 450.00

Other Systems

(Same as System One Complete with 40 Mg HD, 1.2 FD, ATIO, Kbd,Mono Monitor 1:1 IDE Host Adapter bundled in 19″ Tower Case with LED Display and 1 Meg FAST Ram)

80386-20 DX 0 wait states no cache $ 2099.00
80386-25 DX 0 wait states no cache $ 2195.00
80386-25 DX 0 wait states 64K TTL Cache $ 2395.00
80386-33 DX 0 wait states 64K TTL Cache $ 2595.00
Mitsubishi 80286-12 40 Meg HD Instant Office 2400 BPS Modem $ 2550.00

Miscellaneous Hardware
1.44 Megabyte 3.5″ Floppy Drive $ 100.00
720K 3.5″ Floppy Drive $ 75.00
2nd Serial Kit ( 3 Chips + Cable) $ 20.00
360K 5.25″ Floppy Drive $ 85.00
1.2 Meg 5.25″ Floppy Drive $ 100.00
16bit VGA Oak with 256K Ram $ 129.00
16bit Trident VGA with 256K Ram $ 159.00
MiniMicro VGA Monitor (640×480 Res.) .31 pitch $ 455.00
MiniMicro VGA Monitor (640×480 Res.) .39 Pitch $ 395.00
Viewperfect III VGA Monitor (1024×768) .28 pitch $ 675.00
Trident VGA 16bit with 512K Ram $ 205.00
Adlib Music Board $ 165.00
Frecom FAX 9600 Send/Recieve $ 225.00

Math CPU Chips

IIT S2DC Fast Math Chips. 40% faster than Intel (c) and 100% Compatible

8087-2 $199.00
80287-8 $275.00
80287-10 $299.00
80287-12 $375.00
80287-20 $459.00
80387-16SX $425.00
80387-20DX $499.00
80387-25DX $695.00
80387-33DX $795.00

Hard Disk Drives
Mitsubishi 547 42 Megabytes 28Msec(64 RLL) Voice,Auto $399.00
Seagate 4096 80 Megabytes 28Msec(120 RLL) Stepper,Auto $799.00
Miniscribe 8450 40 Megabytes 40 Msec Stepper $350.00
Miniscribe 8227 20 Megabytes IDE 8K cache with Host Adapter $325.00
Seagate 157A 49 Megabytes IDE 8K cache,Stepper with Host Adapter $465.00
Miniscribe 8051A 40 Megabytes IDE 32K cache Voice,Auto 2yr. War. $440.00
Conner’s 105 Megabytes 25 Msec! Voice IDE 40K cache,Auto Park $950.00
Conner’s 80 Megabytes 25 Msec! Voice IDE 40K Cache,Auto Park $799.00
IDE 16bit Host Adapters Floppy/Hard Control 1:1 int. $ 50.00

Modems
3/1200 BPS Internal Modem $ 85.00
3/12/2400 BPS Internal Modem $ 125.00
3/1200 BPS External Modem $ 129.00
3/12/2400 BPS External Modem TOWER $ 169.00
3/12/24/9600/14.4 KBPS External USR VHST $ 825.00
3/12/24/9600 BPS Internal V32 Hayes 9600 Std $ 750.00
3/12/24/9600/14.4 KBPS External V32 V28 Hayes/USR DUAL $1525.00

Printers
Panasonic 1180 192 CPS 9 pin $ 269.00
Panasonic 1191 240 CPS 9 pin $ 359.00
Panasonic 1124 192 CPS 9 pin $ 449.00
Fujitsu DL-3400 288 CPS 24 Pin WIDE $ 675.00
Brother ME-109 140 CPS 9pin $ 179.00
Citizen GSX-140 192 CPS 24pin $ 460.00
Citizen GSX-200 240 CPS 9pin $ 275.00
Citizen GSX Color Kits $ 100.00
Fujitsu RX7100 Laser Printer 640K 6pg/min $1299.00
HP LaserJet IIP $1550.00
HP LaserJet III $2395.00

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