The world of consumer entertainment technology is an ever-changing and rapidly advancing field. No sooner than you buy your newest smartphone is there a better version of it available. You just finish setting up your cutting-edge home theater system, only to see the ‘updated’ version being advertised. That Blu Ray player that has barely a few movies played through it has now evolved to feature streaming capabilities. It’s nearly impossible to keep up with all of the ‘latest and greatest’ marketing, but some people seem to be on top of the trend at all times.
Home electronics have come a long way since the days of the cassette player connected to an analog stereo amplifier and a pair of speakers. Today’s home electronics are a fusion of computer technology, Wi-Fi, streaming media and multi-channel, multi-room digital applications of every sort imaginable. Surely you would need to purchase such items at a specialty audio/video establishment, right? Well, you can, if you want to pay top-shelf prices!
While many people may not think of a trip to the local Pawn Shop as exciting, these shops are a goldmine for the treasure hunter in all of us. Pawn shops have been around for thousands of years, the first shops originating in China. Their original purpose was, and remains, a way for people to turn their possessions into cash either by selling them outright, or " Pawning" them. This means getting a loan based on the value of the item.
Radio broadcasting began in 1920s, and became an instant sensation. People could listen to voice and music transmitted over the air – the stuff of science fiction at that time! Vacuum tube radio receivers were popping up in people’s homes everywhere, and it would not be uncommon for friends, family and neighbors to gather at the home of a person who had one of these amazing new listening machines to revel in this amazing technology. Soon enough, this innovation became mobile, and in the 1930s, we had the first car radios.
In the world of consumer electronics, you barely have time to figure out how your new gadget works before a new model of it becomes available. Technology never stops moving forward, and the market’s appetite for progress is equally insatiable. If you are one of those people who eagerly awaits the release of the next iPhone shortly after purchasing the one you now have, then your checkbook will never suffer from an overabundance of cash. Tech companies love their customers, and will have no lack of new features to enchant them with – tomorrow, next month, next year or the year after…