Recently discovered a 1981 comic book and found this on the back:
Looking at the treasure trove of prizes on the back is like looking inside a time capsule. To put it into perspective, this comic book was released a year before the first compact disc was commercially available. (Ouch!)
Considering that a person earned $1 per item sold, you can also get an idea of the prices of things back then. Most expensive item? Magnovox Solid State Portable TV (75 items). Cheapest? Zipper Carry-All Bag or Deluxe Uno Card Game (both for 7 items). Here’s some other notables:
- Electric football game (13 items)
- Star Wars Talking Alarm Clock (22 items)
- G.E. Cassette recorder (24 items)
- Kodak “Fairy Time” Instant Color Camera (17 items)
- AM/FM Pocket Radio (11 items) … or, if you’re a more private person, the Head Hugger radio (also 11 items).
On the one hand, it seems that this company tried to take advantage of a young, untapped work force, something that would never fly in this day and age.
On the other hand, it seems like a short trip from the back of this comic book to the current climate of entrepreneurs, self-starters, and people starting Internet businesses on the side for residual income.
Does anyone else remember these ads? Anyone ever respond to them? Do programs like this still exist?