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Vintage tech revival on eBay

By Chris Dawson January 20, 2021 - 4:16 pm

It’s not just fashion which is having a retro revival, new data from eBay reveals that the hunt for nostalgic home tech is taking over. If you’ve got any vintage tech hanging around that you’ve not powered up for years, now is the time to sell it.

Whether it is to watch old VHS tapes of childhood family memories on VHS players, or listen to iconic vinyl’s, eBay witnessed 1 vintage vision and sound item sold every 2 and a half minutes between the 1st of December 2020 and the 10th of January 2021.

Some shoppers are also opting for vintage computers and accessories, with 1 vintage computing item sold every 3 minutes on eBay. Perhaps for a lockdown project to revamp an existing PC, or as a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to buying a brand new one.

“With people spending extra time at home, we’re witnessing a revival in retro tech, especially vintage computers and items such as VHS players and record players. We put this down to families using lockdown to take a trip down memory lane by watching old home-videos and revisiting old records. People are also using the time to revamp their old PCs or opting for a vintage computer as a sustainable and retro alternative to brand new.”
– Emma Grant, Head of Preloved, eBay UK

Vintage tech sales stats

Vintage computing

  • Sales of vintage computers has increased by 26% on eBay UK in the last year
  • Number of vintage computers on the site available to purchase up by 28% YoY
  • Average selling price for vintage computers = £33

Vintage sound & vision

  • Sales of vintage sound and vision has increased by 33% on eBay UK in the last year
  • Average selling price of vintage sound and vision items, e.g. VHS players = £37

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