Take out a second mortgage and buy some 1980s Transformers VHS tapes!
When I was a mid-1980s kid I was utterly flabbergasted that my parents balked at buying each and every Transformers VHS tape that Family Home Entertainment released. How dare they, you know? I asked for so little. But then you see the above contemporaneous ad and the $24.95 retail price, and you kind of realize why they were reluctant. Isn’t that like a thousand bucks now adjusted for inflation? (Math was never my strong suit.)
Anyway, a belated apology to those poor, pestered souls. I knew not what I asked.
On a related note, remember when VHS tapes were priced to rent? Like a hundred dollars to own it when it was first released, so as to drive business to rental outlets? When you had to take out a mortgage to own that early copy of, say, Prizzi’s Honor? Also, remember VHS tapes?