Warning: These Things Will Become Obsolete Products Soon

us-postal-service-mailboxMore and more things become obsolete every year.

By understanding product trends, it may keep you from spending money on things that will be obsolete before the year is out.

Specifically, there are 10 things that analysts say will soon be obsolete and, for that reason, you probably shouldn’t buy or invest in these items this year.

Here are a few from the list that I firmly agree with:

  • Home phone land lines. Having a home phone has already become obsolete for anyone who has found a cell phone plan that is cheaper and more convenient. As this trend continues and products like Magic Jack that can plug into your computer and provide a phone line become more available, I too see traditional telephone land lines disappearing.
  • External hard drives. It’s no longer necessary to back up your files onto 3-1/2 inch disks or CD disks because there are plenty of online alternatives. I personally use Media Fire to back up the files on my computer. It has unlimited file storage and allows me to share files as well. As these and other online services like Dropbox and Google Drive become more popular, external hard drives will become a thing of the past.
  • Music CDs. With iTunes, Google Play, and other download music services (not to mention YouTube where most any song you could want has a video of some kind available), fewer people are buying CDs these days. I stopped buying them 3 years ago because of this very reason. Soon, they’ll be nearly impossible to find.
  • Newspaper subscriptions. Personally, the only paper I buy anymore is the Sunday paper and that’s just to get the coupon flyers. Almost any newspaper you want to read you can view online now, and many of them are FREE. Because of this, most people aren’t willing to pay for a newspaper subscription any longer. Therefore, newspapers are indeed one of the soon-to-be obsolete products you probably want to avoid.


Obsolete Products A To Z

Truth is, there are a lot of people weighing in and making their own guesses regarding obsolete products that we’re all likely to wave goodbye to very soon.

Here’s a growing list of things that are already obsolete or will be soon:

Click each to view the details and sources

Alarm clocks

Answering machines with funny tape-recorded messages

Bench seats in cars


Business cards

Carbon copy paper

Card catalog searches


Cassette tapes

Cell phones with antennas


Classified ads in newspapers

Computer mouse


Cursive handwriting


Dial-up Internet

Dictionaries (books)

Dot matrix printers

DVD movies

Encyclopedias (books)

Energy-inefficient homes and appliances

Fax machines

Film and developing photos

Film cameras

Fuzzy TV reception

Gas-guzzling cars

Gas stations

Handheld game consoles

Handwritten letters

Hard drives


Library books


Mailboxes on street corners

Maps / road atlases

Mix tapes

Movie theaters

Mp3 players

Music stores


Pagers and beepers


Pay phones

Paying for long-distance phone service

Pens & pencils

Phone busy signals

Phone calls

Phone booths

Phone directories

Phone numbers

Post Office

Record players

Records (vinyl)

Record stores

Rotary dial phones

Shopping catalogs



Swimming pools with diving boards


Textbooks for college

Toilet paper

TV channel numbers that make sense


VCRs and videotapes

Video game arcades

Video stores


Wired video game controllers


Wrist watches

Xerox machines

Yellow pages and address books


More Collections Of Obsolete Products

Just for fun, here are some more great collections of obsolete or soon-to-be obsolete products:



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