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There are some gadgets that remain appealing despite being old and outdated. These are the gadgets which retain their cool factor through the ages. It doesn’t matter how crusty and unloved they may be, we still want to own one for ourselves.

So much so that we’d be willing to scour market stalls and thrift stores for them. Or, a more likely scenario, jump on eBay First-Time Shopper On Ebay? 5 Important Things You Need To Know First-Time Shopper On Ebay? 5 Important Things You Need To Know Welcome to Ebay Shopping 101. You are the select few, chosen to be trained as sharp-shooting Ebay bidders, capable of finding the best deals and winning every auction. Read More and pay over the odds Fed Up With eBay? Here Are Some Worthy (And Cheaper) Alternatives For Sellers Fed Up With eBay? Here Are Some Worthy (And Cheaper) Alternatives For Sellers When you want to sell your excess junk online, where do you go? For most people, the one and only answer is eBay. With millions of daily users, it only seems logical to use the... Read More for this particular item. But which retro gadget still has such a hold on you that you would still buy it today?

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We want to know, What Retro Gadget Would You Still Buy Today?

This question was inspired by the video embedded above, which shows a bunch of precocious teenagers reacting to the Nintendo Power Glove. This was a precursor to the Wii and its motion-controlled games 6 Crazy, Interesting Or Useful Ways To Use a WiiMote 6 Crazy, Interesting Or Useful Ways To Use a WiiMote When Nintendo released the WiiMote, it was arguably a console industry game changer. The concept of interacting with a game using your physical body was born. Lifelike motion controls enabled it to appeal to a... Read More , but the Power Glove failed spectacularly due to being ahead of its time. And a little bit crappy.

Still, despite what these teenagers thought of it, I must admit I’d still like to play with the Power Glove. So much so that I’d be willing to pay good money for one. This isn’t an invitation for you to sell me yours, but it is an example of a retro gadget which is still desirable. At least to one person.

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So, what old gadget would you still buy today if you were given the opportunity? It can be anything from a classic video game 10 Video Games That Changed The World 10 Video Games That Changed The World These are the games that changed everything, that signalled the next step in the evolution of video games, and that needed to exist for the video games industry as we know it today to exist... Read More and the console to play it on, to an original iPod 5 Great Ways To Put Your Dusty Old iPod To New Use 5 Great Ways To Put Your Dusty Old iPod To New Use How long has your old iPod been in a drawer, unloved and dusty? Probably since the day you upgraded to a fancy new touch version or decided your smartphone would suffice from now on. But... Read More . Or an old toy your parents refused to buy you. Or an old mobile phone which you wouldn’t use but which would hold sentimental value.

The sky is the limit. If it’s a gadget, it’s more than a few years old, and it’s still desirable to you for whatever reason, then it’s a winner. Our ultimate aim is to compile a list of old gadgets people are still willing to pay good money for to this day, but we need your help to make such a list possible.

Please scroll down the page to let us know your choice of retro gadget in the comments section below.

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  1. MR.MXYZPTLK
    February 20, 2015 at 4:42 am

    I US TO LOVE PLAYING SIMON WHEN I TRIPPING ON LSD GREAT AY TO EXPAND YOUR MIND AND REFLEXES.

    I ALSO LOVED PLAYING PINBALL MACHINES FOR THE SAME REASONS.

  2. Von Adam Martinez
    February 15, 2015 at 11:01 am

    A game boy with a Pokemon red on it. Though it can't match the graphics that the other consoles have today, it brings a lot of memories when I was a kid.

  3. ElvisShotJFK
    February 13, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    So many things, but near the top of the list might be a laserdisc player, both the original version with the cartridges or the later versions that came before DVD became a viable replacement for VHS. I also wouldn't mind having a working NES again or having my Intellivision still work instead of collect dust in the closet. A decent turntable that I could still get decent needles for. And there was this toy robot that made a whole lot of noise, moved around in circles and could make smoke billow out of its head if you had put some 3-in-1 oil in it. Actually, I think that robot would be number 1 on the list.

  4. KT
    February 13, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    I just ordered a ps1/ps2 Gameshark and a bunch of old games. I miss the cheat code, off line, single player games of old.

  5. A41202813GMAIL
    February 13, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Not Exactly A Gadget, But A Shiny 1992 ZX Car.

    Cheers.

  6. Dmitry
    February 12, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    (working) ZX Spectrum +3 (and 3-inch drive for pc) or it's Pentagon clone with "full package". I had owned ZX Spectrum 48 clone back in the days but moved straight to PC so missed all 128k/soundchip/disk stuff.

    Old soviet Radio 86RK "Mikrosha"/"Specialist" computer IN WORKING condition. RK/Specialist were hobby computers , 86RK even lacks graphical mode 'cept special text symbols. But (unlike Speccy and PC up from XT) i never touched those in their time. BTW emulation of 'em had a problem due to old keyboard layouts that are insane in our standartized days ("icuken" - ie latin letters positioned as standart _cyrillic_ layout) .

    Maybe i'll order newly-built one this year as some people still willing to do such things "old way" without resorting to FPGA :)
    Links with bit of data:
    http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/32376/Radio-86RK-%28Russia%29/
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_computer_hardware_in_Soviet_Bloc_countries#Specialist

    Clockwork shaver. Both as fascinating piece of technology and thing to last way longer than lithium batteries . And btw - essential thing to look good in post-apocalyptic world :)

  7. Maryon Jeane
    February 12, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    The Nokia 7110. I had mine for years and it worked perfectly all the time. The screen was large and clear, the reception was always good, and the Navi-Roller meant I could not only turn the volume up and down with my 'holding' hand without losing any of the conversation, but could also make calls and text while cycling to Skegness on my tricycle with my trailer to do my weekly shop(!).

    The 7110 was elegant and I loved the matte-but-metallic, slightly sparkly greeny colour - subtle, understated and it never showed any marks in all the years I had it. The slide-down cover meant that the phone was always easy to hold, no matter how cold or gloved your hands, because it made the mobile into a full-sized phone (without the weight); the cover also meant that there was never any of that sometimes disastrous accidental dialling either.

    It was the first mobile to have WAP, but I didn't actually use this feature (too mean to pay for it), but I texted all the time; Nokia's predictive text messaging (was this the first generation of it with this phone?) was so intuitive.

    My favourite mobile of all time.

  8. Suleiman
    February 12, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Please take my PS4 and give me my

    MICKEY MOUSE MC-25 - Nintendo Game & Watch
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7U0fx-n-Ws#t=30

    I was always a gamer since I can't remember when. MICKEY MOUSE MC-25 had me at first egg collection. This game had no pause key. Once you start you got to get going till you drop all eggs. The game starts slow and nice tik...tak...tik..tak. As the game progresses it picks up speed and goes tiktaktiktka and your heart start to beat faster. That game was really all about eyes and hands coordination game. Don't blink. Now imagine when you are at the peak of the game and you are giving it full concentration your Mom calls you and tell you to do something. Although my Mom's voice was calm and proper but to me it felt like the voice of Mrs. Wolowitz, Howard's mother from Big Bang Theory . Why now?!! If I stop now I will have to start all over again. The collection of 2000 eggs ain't enough to impress your next door buddie. Always it seamed that my Mom know exactly when to make her call and that is when I am in the peak mode of the game, so much to the Mom's instinct. This game really had an impact in my life. It taught me how to multitask while I am in deep concentration. I would answer all my Mom's questions while playing this game. Push my intruding sisters out of my room while still playing this game. Eyes on the game all the time. When the game is over and you get a score better than your next door buddie, you would rush out the house, go to his place and show him your score before the game goes to watch mode. Next day at school your buddies will be talking about you all day. Hey that was a great achievement for a teenager.

    I want to get this game again. That was a real game. No pause. Ps4 can be paused for days, eh, baby stuff. But when it comes to MICKEY MOUSE MC-25, babe either you are in or out, as simple as that :) Thanks for reading :)

  9. Leah
    February 12, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    P.S. the Power Glove failed because IT DID NOT WORK!

  10. Leah
    February 12, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    My family did just buy a record player for the records my dad still has. My first thought was a CD player, although now that I think about it, the only thing I do with CDs is upload them to my computer and listen via that way, so probably not. What retro gadget would I buy today? VCR. That thought just came to me. I still use mine, but if I go to DVR then I probably won't use it anymore.

  11. BGPhilbin
    February 12, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Without a doubt, a stand up arcade cabinet of either Asteroids Deluxe (1st choice) or Asteroids. Super fun games that I used to play for hours in my youth at the local arcade. With so few arcades in existence these days, I'd go for most of my favorite stand up cabinets (Virtua Fighter, Star Wars, Tempest - anything with really excellent vector graphics or 3D polygon graphics). I could build my own, certainly, but I'm too lazy to complete that project, so buying the arcade game is really a better option.

  12. peter
    February 12, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    I have very fond memories of playing Shinobi on the Sega Game Gear. If I was so inclined, I would happily buy one and sit in a dark room for hours on end playing that awesome game.

    • Leah
      February 12, 2015 at 6:39 pm

      Game Gear just to play my brother's old Sonic games. I think we still have our Game Gear, but it doesn't work.

  13. Michael
    February 12, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Just bought a record player from a thrift store. The sound is AMAZING! I found mine in a thrift store and could check functionality before I left, but I got lucky.

  14. James Howde
    February 12, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    For me it would be my old Sharp ZQ organiser. OK the features were limited - it's not even a phone - but it was tough as old boots and the ability to shove it in my back pocket and not worry about it getting damaged was very useful. (Also handy was that the expected life of a fully charged battery was measured in months, if not years, rather than days).

  15. Lynne McCurdy
    February 12, 2015 at 8:35 am

    An original NES, and several of the turn-based RPG's. Dragon Warrior, Shadowgate, etc. And then there was The Black Knight pinball game; that was the only game I ever actually won, and got to watch a half hour of credits scroll by. I miss games that don't require hand eye coordination!

    • Leah
      February 12, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      I like that idea. I'd buy Paperboy, Wizards and Warriors, Blades of Steel, Contra, and others I can't think of right now. I still have a working SNES and that has the Mario All-Stars game so I don't need those.

  16. Michael S.
    February 12, 2015 at 1:49 am

    The Pac-Man watch! I never found the one I had in elementary/high school. The battery died and I meant to get it replaced, but I forgot about the watch & never found it. I'd love one today.

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