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Sign of the times: The last VCR company is finally shutting down production

Sign of the times: The last VCR company is finally shutting down production

“Well, there’s bad news for the few of you who still had any interest in buying a new VCR for some reason: Funai Electric, a Japanese company that was the last bastion of VCR production,is turning off the assembly line by the end of July.

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This was replaced by DVDs, then Blu-Rays and then Netflix.

The decidedly not-shocking news comes after Funai reported sales of just 750,000 VCR units last year, after selling 15 million on an annual basis at its peak.

I know what you’re thinking: Almost a million people bought VCRs in 2015? That’s pretty surprising, but there is a collector’s market for these things.”

If your library is still trying to wrest a few circs from tapes you might want to buy a back-up quickly (or on eBay).  Or maybe aftermarket nostalgia manufacturing will occur like for vinyl turntables.

Stephen

Posted on: July 24, 2016, 6:33 am Category: Uncategorized

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