TV from 2000 goes viral as people react to shocking prices

A video from New Year’s Eve in 2000 went viral after people reacted to the shocking price of a simple analog television.

Posted to @NostalgiaFolder on X (formerly known as Twitter), the video has already garnered over 50,000 likes.

In the video, a man takes his friends into the basement to experience a “surprise”.

“I think you’ll be amazed,” he said as he showed off his brand new television that he had purchased at Best Buy a few days earlier.

A chorus of “Woah” can be heard as the camera approaches the analog television in all its chunky, familiar glory.

His friends were clearly impressed with the TV and quickly asked how much it cost him, saying it must have been around the $10,000 mark.

“It was about that expensive, so about half that,” he chuckled.

Comments quickly poured in discussing how times have changed and reminiscing about the old analogue television.

A video from New Year's Eve 1999 in which a man shows off his new television to his friends
A video from New Year’s Eve 1999 of a man showing off his new television to his friends has gone viral.

“It’s crazy to think that mine is about three times larger, displays in 4K, and barely costs $250,” one person commented.

“Oh! However, it really puts into perspective how drastically and quickly technology has changed and improved. “All in all, it wasn’t that long ago,” said another.

Others pointed out how heavy televisions were back then and how difficult it would have been to carry them into the basement.

TV screen from 2000
The man in the video said he paid about $5,000 for the TV at the time.

The enormous price difference between the TV sets in the video and modern televisions was also a point of discussion.

“Bruh was cheated. All he had to do was wait another 10 to 12 years until it came up for sale for good reason. $45 MAX.

Other clips from the same video were also posted in the comments section, showcasing classic Nokias and making predictions about flying cars in 2010.

One of the men in the video added that in the future there would be cameras in our retinas.

Now, 23 years later, we’re still waiting for flying cars and retina cameras, and analog TVs are virtually non-existent.

Other videos from the same account are sure to bring back a flood of memories for Millennials, documenting everything from early 2000s Windows XP wallpapers to overhead projectors.

A video showing the release of the PlayStation 2 has sparked similarly reminiscent discussions, with people describing how they remember the release “like it was yesterday.”

“I remember as a kid seeing the graphics for Final Fantasy 10 and wondering if they filmed everything because the graphics looked so realistic. “Looking back, it’s absolutely hilarious how cartoonish they look,” one commented, while others chimed in that it was a simpler time back then.

During the video itself, a man outside Best Buy was asked why the Play Station 2 was worth waiting all night for.

“It is the entertainment system of the future. Not only does it play video games, DVD movies and CDs, but it also connects to the Internet. And we all know that the Internet exists now and forever,” he said, adding that the graphics were “dramatically” better than anything he had seen before.

Caroline Bleakley

Caroline Bleakley is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Caroline Bleakley joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Caroline Bleakley by emailing

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