The ideas and developments of the 1980s don't look as cutting-edge or stylish now. That time is so behind us, it feels virtually extinct. The 1980s featured a range of products and services that we don't see very often now, from phone books that were as hefty as bricks (or at least it seemed like it!) to being able to rent movies from Blockbuster.
Here are some 1980s relics that are no longer readily available.
Do you remember when a phone call cost around 25 cents? That was the time. Please provide us the cost of a modern phone call in the 1980s with the same technology! Payphones are still sporadically present, although mobile phones have mostly taken their place. When and where did you most last encounter a pay phone?
2. Telephone Directories
Oh, how we still recall the 300+ page novels that used to arrive at our door. Phone books were the ultimate contacts list for anything from searching up companies to dialing an old buddy to putting up the ideal prank call. Despite their continued existence, phone books are now only sometimes utilized. We no longer need the large book since we can search for information at any moment and because we use mobile phones.
3. Cabbage Patch Kids
Although youngsters may still discover methods to get a Cabbage Patch Doll, can they ever really comprehend the phenomenon that began in the 1980s? Some of the dolls are available for purchase on websites like Etsy and eBay. Even though there are many other toys available, nothing can compare to having your own Cabbage Patch Doll.
4. Blockbuster & Rental Video Stores
There are several streaming services, and they add fresh material every day. With a single click, thousands of episodes, films, and other media are accessible. The emergence of streaming services coincided with the demise of businesses like Blockbuster. Blockbuster opened its doors in 1985 and closed them in 2014. Death to Blockbuster.
5. Newspaper Posters
All of your favorite celebs, intriguing rumors, and—the best part—the posters could be found at Tiger Beat, Bop, and Seventeen. Many of us have vivid memories of pulling out pages and sticking them to our walls to be read again. Even while posters on the walls of adolescents, teenagers, and even adults are still ubiquitous, Internet use has led to a decline in print magazine posters. How many posters did you have up in your bedroom?
Midway through the 1980s, waterbeds were widely used. A waterbed was owned by one in five persons. Even though they are still in use today and some individuals love them, most people think they are too heavy and need too much upkeep. Additionally, you may get a lightweight, water-free mattress without the risk of mildew thanks to advancements in mattresses generally!
7. Shopping Centers
Many people aren't rushing to go in-person shopping now that anything you could ever desire can be delivered by sites like Amazon in two days or less. Less than 1,000 malls remain in the United States. Cities and towns have seen a large number of mall closures, or at least a large number of store closures. Do you still love going on a mall shopping spree?