@baqui63 wow, i didn’t even realize they went (mostly) under until reading your comment. the more you know. i usually buy from them once a year at xmas, when i feel like i haven’t picked out enough presents for my partner but i can’t think of what else to get. favorites include the death star popcorn bowls and the enterprise pizza cutter.
@rpstrong When I reached adulthood and could buy my own toys, I eventually bought a Big Bang carbide cannon. I bought my directly from the company. They are still around and you can not only buy the Bangsite, but all the old classic cannons themselves.
I used to look forward to my DAK catalog, but they went away and when they came back it’s even less than meh. And Archie McPhee. I used to ask for a surprise bag from Archie every year for Christmas. Now I hunt for IRKs and BOCs
@enville I used to live a couple of blocks from their HQ in Canoga Park, CA. They had an outlet shop there where they sold irregulars or returns. I browsed there regularly, bought stuff on occasion (including my first bread maker).
@enville came to say archie mcphee, although i have purchased from them. (despair pennant, hell is other people pin, squishy tardigrade. also received a free tiny rubber chicken as well as a rubber chicken centerfold.)
I used to get a catalog called Catalog Favorites that had random stuff I liked looking at. I did buy a framed picture of Tom and Jerry from it once when I was younger that still hangs in my bedroom after 20 years.
@PlutoIsAPlanet They used to have really cool stuff listed for American cars, but I never ordered because their shipping was outrageous. Came so close to ordering side pipes and adapters for the Challenger…
@tweezak I used the CS to build several computers ‘back in the day’. Now you can’t touch the ones that you can buy from OD/Staples, Best Buy, Sam’s/Costco, etc for the $$ if you try to buy it and build it.
There are reasons to build your own, but you already know them if you’re building your own. Usually because you need/want the computer to do something that they don’t make one with those features. Or you haven’t found the specialty company that builds PCs to spec to do what you need/want it to do. Then you’re in the “how much is your time worth vs paying someone else who does X for a living to do something you only need to do once” dilemma.
I built a mini-ITX (small form factor) low-power, quiet PC for a homework PC for the kids a few years back, but that’s been replaced by sub-$500 chromebooks/laptops. I built a bigger one (still a mini-ITX) for a semi-portable gaming rig, and that is now the media center PC.
So yeah, the days of building a PC are the modern replacement for building a hot rod.br
@chienfou@tweezak I was noting that the days of DIY PCs to save money are over, and that’s really what Computer Shopper was about. I did the same thing - pored over it and geeked out over the specs of new products. Fun times.
It was the analog version of the endless items available from countless websites now, when that wasn’t a trivial thing to do - hooking up a database of inventory to a dynamic catalog, with a shopping cart and e-commerce. That used to be a big deal and required lots of money and access to technical people. Now, a couple of clicks on a WordPress site to install some plugins and you’re done. For free. Or be a reseller on a top reseller-friendly site (amazon, ebay, newegg, bestbuy, aliexpress, etc.). For free.
@chienfou@mike808 I still like to pick my own components. Off the shelf machines often skimp in the worst places like power supplies. When your PSU croaks it can take out a lot of things with it and if you didn’t build the system you may have trouble replacing parts. Especially if your $500 box is all embedded components without any room for expansion. I recently spec’d out a really nice ~$560 box for my church based around an AMD Ryzen 3200G and an Asus motherboard. I think it’s still better to build than buy for the peace of mind that you have good, hand-picked components.
@mehtenizer I look at stuff like is what on this website and some of the items makes me wonder about the person who decided that was a good idea to make. Or, for that matter, how they even thought up some of that stuff to begin with.
The Sportsman’s Guide.
I don’t think it’s quite what it used to be, and I confess to having participated in two orders from that catalog, but I looked forward to its arrival every month.
I also really liked looking at the Oriental Trading catalog when I was a kid.