750,000 VCRs Were Sold Worldwide Last Year

That is from this CNN article.

I don’t know what to think about this number. In some ways it seems impossible that any were sold. I can’t remember the last time I watched a VHS film.

On the other hand there must still be millions or even tens of millions of old VHS tapes around (my parents have a small bookshelf full) and of course you need something to watch them on. Given the frequency at which VCRs break maybe I would have guessed that even more units were sold. This is another technology I suspect many in low-income countries skipped.

Apparently Funai Electric is the last maker of new VHS machines and will cease production this month. However, a quick search on Amazon shows a few DVD-VHS combo players, so perhaps this is all just a technicality.


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