Re: MAX Machine PLA

From: Anders Carlsson <>
Date: Wed, 3 Aug 2016 00:18:27 +0200
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For those who might be interested, I found another publication Amusement 
Life in which there is an advertisement in the very first issue, January 

According to historical exchange rate data for January 1983, 1 USD = 
230-240 yen at that time.

MAX Machine: 34800 yen ~= 165 USD
Commodore 64: 99800 yen ~= 425 USD
VIC-1001: 49800 yen ~= 210 USD

This could be compared with advertisements in COMPUTE! January 
1983:Commodore 64 RRP = 595 USD
C64 advertisements = 525 USD (*)
VIC-20 advertisements = 169 - 199 USD

Of course you can't compare prices across like that, due to different 
sales taxes and other matters that settles the price, but it seems the 
Japanese C64 was cheaper than in the US or Europe to begin with. I'm 
fully aware about the price war that then took place during the spring 
of 1983 that cut the C64 to $399 or thereabouts, in the mean time that 
Commodore threw in the towel in Japan due to even more cutthroat pricing 

(*) Actually only a single advertiser dared to print a price for the C64 
at that point in time, all the others would ask customers to call for 
best price. The one that stood out was Tele Soft Inc in Troy, MI.

Best regards

Anders Carlsson

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