Wal-Mart Selling the Sony Mavica Floppy Disk Digital Camera for Just $269

Wal-Mart stores have so many items that occasionally an outdated one will remain on the shelves for years after they’re no longer relevant. Case in point: the Sony MVC-FD200 Mavica digital camera. The one above was recently found at a Wal-Mart in Illinois. The camera first hit the shelf back in 2002 and has remained there ever since. It featured a state-of-the-art 2-megapixel sensor and allowed photographers the convenience of storing digital photos on 1.44 MB floppy disks (remember those?). If you think Wal-Mart’s trying to rip you off, consider this: the lowest price for this camera on Amazon is nearly $1000.

(via The Consumerist via Gizmodo)

  • Sigh

    Check ebay…

  • chris steel

    why are they so expensive? my old school/6th form had 5 of these (maybe a different brand) because they were cheap and no one would steal them

  • russianbox

    This is not mispriced, this is reasonably priced for hipsters.

    They’ll totally lap this up!

  • Stephan Zielinski

    I find writing to floppy results in a luminous feel one simply can’t get with files written to cold compact flash.

  • Casey Myers

    2.0 MP Baby!

  • Kerry Sanders

    I’ll offer $10.

  • Fluglehorn

     +1 !!!!

  • Marschal Fazio

    About $20 although now that this story has hit the blogs I expect the price to skyrocket. LOL

  • perceptionalreality

    Ha! I’d never seen one in the box before. I love how the floppy disk is going in the wrong direction. :) 

    I have one of these. Works great. I tried to sell it on eBay a couple months ago with a starting bid of $9.99. Didn’t sell. I guess I should try Amazon. :) 

    To demonstrate that it worked I used it in my studio to do a self-portrait with the timer motor, with the flash compensation turned all the way down, and the flash deflected to trigger the studio lights without actually affecting the exposure. Took me 6 or 8 attempts to get the light levels right (no manual controls) and actually compose it with me entirely in the shot, but it worked. 

    Then I realized I have no way to get it into my computer. Smarter guy would have realized that before he started. Wish I was that guy… :-D 

  • Andrew Bowness

    I remember having total tech-lust for one of these, it seemed so much more convenient to be able to just pull out the floppy and put it straight into the PC instead of messing around with a cable that usually took about 10 minutes to find and then the USB connection wasn’t particularly reliable.

  • bob cooley

    C’mon you nay-sayers!  After all it IS on sale! Marked down from the original $297.83 (??  who prices these things?) 

  • guest

    Wow, what a find. I still use our old FD71 (640×480) here at work. I don’t need high meg photos and it focuses at about 1 mm (or cm) so it is great for showing damaged parts. I do need a new battery.

  • Joakim

    Got two of thos at work even tho it’s the 1.3 MP (or something close to that) version. Sony did also make a CD version later on.

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  • newamericanclassic

    maybe I should make all the hipsters jelly and whip out my state-of-the-art 1 MP Kodak from the late 90’s.

  • xuniltoor

    These are still very much in use in industry. I see them fairly frequently in my travels.

  • peterblaise

    Yes, I also recently saw new-in-the-box Minolta DiMage 7-series “marked down to only” $250, worth about $75, and a new Minolta DiMage Z10 “marked down to only” $200, worth about $50.

    Ritz camera also played this game of marking electronics down from their original retail in spite of the many, many years gone past sitting on the shelf, rather than confirming contemporaneous fair market value.

    As we all know, Moore’s law dictates that digital electronics lose value at 50% per 18 months, that’s down to 25% at 3 years, and only 12% at 4 1/2 years.

    But do they mark these things down that way?

    Oh no, even 5 years later they think 1/2 the original retail price is great.

    I pity the poor someone who knows no better and empties their wallet for something they could get way cheaper as old-stock/refurb/used from KEH, Cameta, or other used dealer, but the “1/2 price” sticker makes them think they are getting a deal.

    Google is your friend — always comparison shop and find the real value (those cameras are slow, noisy, low resolution, battery eaters) PLUS check out the real fair market value of anything before buying.

    Oh, and those $1,000 electronic antiques advertised on Amazon are to make the other, lower prices — but still outrageously high prices — look better, and also for tax deduction donations where someone wants to show the IRS the supposed fair market value print-out at the time of their donation — has anyone actually tried to buy that expensive stuff to see if it even exists in stock?

  • peterblaise

    EFFECTIVE megapixels.

    What the heck is “EFFECTIVE” pixels?!? =8^o

  • dennycrane

    I have 15 Mavica floppy drive cameras and 2 that uses CD’s to record. No one wants them, they will probably go in my trash compacter next week.

  • Nick Jones

    This camera had so much compression, the pictures look like crap. This is one camera that should stay in the past.

  • arkhunter

    Like Ebay, people just list “rare” crap on Amazon for lots of money hoping it’s worth that to somebody. I didn’t look, but I bet you can find them on Ebay much cheaper. (at least ones that have sold, if any are selling) List price vs. actually sold price are totally different.