newegg logo.jpgA few years ago we posted an ad from a CompUSA store that reminded us what prices were like for laptops back in 1994. This was before the Internet really started to take off as a means to sell products, but these days a lot of people are turning to the web to save a few bucks.

Newegg is a mass electronics retailer that is available in the United States, Canada, and China. They’ve often been lauded for their awesome customer service and prices that are hard to beat anywhere else.

I thought it would be fun to see what the top 10 items were at Newegg’s online store from just a few weeks after they launched in 2001. Thanks to the WayBack Machine we were able to do this, and I think you’ll find the list just as interesting as I did:

  1. Guillemot Hercules 3D PROPHET-II MX 32 MB AGP Video Card
    Nvidia Geforce 2 MX 32MB No TV Out (* OEM Brown Box *)
    Price: $79.00
  2. AMD Thunderbird 1GHz 266MHz Bus Socket A processor 256K cache
    Retail Box Version with HeatSink and Fan
    Price: $193.00
  3. Creative Lab 52X max Internal IDE CD-ROM Drive Model CD5233E-OEM Version
    Price: $34.00
  4. IWILL KK266 VIA Apollo KT133A Chipset, 266MHz Bus, Socket A Motherboard with Sound
    6-PCI, 1-ISA (1 shared), 1-AGP, 3-DIMM, on-board Audio. Retail Box v.1.2 *bug free*
    Price: $123.00
  5. Western Digital 40GB 7200RPM EIDE Ultra 100 3.5″ model 400BB
    OEM VERSION – Drive Only – Three Years Warranty
    Price: $129.00
    FCPGA. Pentium/Celron 433Mhz ~ 1.13Mhz+, VIA VT8633, 4X AGP, 5 PCI, 1 CNR, 2 DIMM, 3 PC1600 /PC2100, 200Mhz/266Mhz, DDR DIMMs, UDMA100, With Audio. NO RAID
    Price: $129.00
  7. Viking 256MB PC133 168Pins SDRAM 32X64 Chip RAM 7ns Speed
    Price: $89.00
  8. Dane-Elec 64MB Compact Flash Memory Card Type I
    Dual 3.3v / 5 v This CF (CompactFlash) card is designed for use with digital cameras, cellular phones, laptops, MP3 players, handheld devices like PDAs and more
    Price: $55.00
  9. FIC AD11 AMD Athlon DDR SDRAM ATX motherboard
    Based on the AMD 761 and VIA 686B chipset. UDMA100, PC2100, 266MHz CPU Bus Speed, and 4X AGP 5 PCI Slots – For AMD Processor
    Price: $130.00
  10. AMD Athlon Thunderbird 1.1GHz 200MHz Bus Socket A PGA Processor
    OEM Version
    Price: $170.00

That’s right… a 1GHZ processor for $193, 64MB Compact Flash card for $55, and a 40GB hard drive for $129. Ahh, those were the days. Now we carry devices in our pocket that have more processing power and storage than that!