12 Obsolete Products Far Superior To Their Modern Equivalents

Technology advances are supposed to improve life, but sometimes, new tech is worse than what we already have. Here are 12 older products people refuse to replace with modern equivalents. 

Radio Knobs

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The rush to shift everything to a touchscreen forgot a crucial rule in driving: keep your eyes on the road. It’s far easier to navigate radio knobs by touch when you’re driving than it is to look away from the road to use a touch screen. 


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Not every website needs an app. Many people prefer to use old-fashioned websites when shopping online. 

Gas Cans

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New fancy designs in gas cans are supposed to limit spills and reduce the release of noxious fumes, but they are much harder to use than their ancient counterparts. The difficulty sometimes causes more spills. 

Physical Books

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Kindles will never match the smell and feel of an actual book in your hands. Though they’re great for taking an entire library with you on your travels, many prefer reading real books. 

Old Tools

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Older tools have a better feel than some of their newer counterparts. Old Craftsman tools were built to last, and modern equivalents feel cheap by comparison. 


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Most modern appliances switched to digital and have fancy displays, luxury settings, and the ability to integrate into your smart home. We don’t need that; we want an appliance that works and lasts. 

Nintendo DS

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The old-school Nintendo handheld has an impressive battery life and many games you can play – no subscription required!


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Our phone calendars are great, but seeing dates and times written on paper and ink wins the day. We can hang paper calendars in our kitchen so everyone can see our weekly schedule at a glance. 

Can Opener

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The old metal can openers work much better than fancy electric can openers. The manual design means they can also be used when the power goes out. 

Manual Transmission

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Though most people prefer driving with the ease of an automatic transmission, some purists claim the tighter control you get with a manual is far superior. 

Physical Media

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Streaming companies prefer customers to pay a subscription to access their media products. But you can cut the streaming cord if you have your own library of movies, CDs, and video games. 

Pen and Paper

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All the journaling and note-keeping apps can’t compete with the rustic simplicity of pen and paper. 

48 Bullet Journal Ideas You’ll Want To Copy!

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Bullet journaling is all the rage. It helps you keep track of your life, improves productivity, and doubles as a fun hobby!

Here are 48 ideas for your bullet journal to help you get started!

62 Cheap Hobbies To Enhance Your Life

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Hobbies don’t have to be expensive. Here are 62 more cheap hobbies you can try to enjoy your life in your spare time!

Read it here: 62 Free and Cheap Hobbies You Can Start Today

Essential Art Journal Supplies

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Ready to start your art journal? Here’s everything you might need to create the perfect one.

Top Things We Aren’t Buying Because of Inflation

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We learned these staples we used to buy regularly are actually luxury items. Here are the top items everyone stopped buying because of inflation

The Coolest Things from the 90s

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Nineties kids will remember these fun trends from the last great decade. 

The best things about the 1990s.

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