Jump to content
The Professor

Caldor "Price Break!" Ad for Atari & ColecoVision - Friday, March 11, 1983

Recommended Posts

Here is a vintage Caldor newspaper ad for Atari and ColecoVision games. This ran in the Poughkeepsie Journal on Friday, March 11, 1983. I think it's interesting that they're advertising Donkey Kong for Atari 2600 in the ColecoVision section. It was a Coleco product, but better suited in the Atari section, not mixed in with ColecoVision games. That seems like it would be confusing to some. My first thought was "Why would they be advertising Donkey Kong on its own if it came with every ColecoVision sold?" Then I saw it was for the 2600. Also notice that by March, 1983 E.T. was already marked down to $14.76. E.T. had retailed for around $40 during the 1982 Christmas shopping season only a few months earlier. That's quite a price drop!

 

post-7-0-96089000-1497978169_thumb.jpg

 

Caldor was a discount retailer that was popular in the North East during the 1970s and 1980s. Caldor could best be explained as K-Mart dressed up to look like JCPenny. The interior of each Caldor store was designed to look more like a department store than a discounter, and many were even designed by the same firms used by more up-scale retail environments. They featured wide aisles, bright lighting, and large, colorful display treatment, and were typically remodeled every 6 years. They were best recognized for "The Caldor Rainbow" with a mix of brown, yellow, and orange. Caldor struggled to compete against Wal-Mart and filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection in 1999. Here are some vintage pictures of Caldor:

 

post-7-0-85351000-1497978698_thumb.jpeg

 

post-7-0-13911000-1497978702_thumb.jpeg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That would have been the equivalent of Zayre (or Woolco) where I grew up in the Chicago area.  I miss those old stores....

We had Zayre which I think became Ames around 1990. They had "departments" and a nice area for video games, it was mostly NES at the time. It was a square glass jewelry counter with a sales clerk behind it, and TVs up in the center behind the clerk. That's where I bought Excitebike.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We had Zayre which I think became Ames around 1990. They had "departments" and a nice area for video games, it was mostly NES at the time. It was a square glass jewelry counter with a sales clerk behind it, and TVs up in the center behind the clerk. That's where I bought Excitebike.

We did too! Bought alot of my Atari games brand new around 1986-1989 for $4.99 each from there!

post-52-0-02548000-1498284274.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...

×
×
  • Create New...