Just yesterday I posited the question over whether HP’s purchase of EDS was a good idea or bad idea based on HP’s history of acquiring Compaq. Then coming into work this morning, I was greeted at the front desk by our trusty receptionist Mae with three words that never bode well for conversation starters: “Have you heard?”

Like my coworker Toni Bowers, I’m still a little uneasy about what it all means, but I don’t think it seems like that much of a bad thing. At least we don’t have to worry about being sued by David Letterman now for our 10 Things lists.

Seeing as how this is Classics Rock however, let’s look at the CNET sale from a historical perspective. CBS is buying CNET for $1.8 billion dollars. CNET itself has been known to go on a few shopping sprees:

  • July 2000 – CNET Buys ZDNet for $1.6 Billion
  • April 9, 2001 – CNET buys TechRepublic for $23 million
  • August 2002 – CNET buys Silicon.com for $158 million
  • July 2004 – CNET buys WebShots for $70 million
  • November 2007 – CNET buys FindArticles for $20 million

Adjusted for inflation, the ZDNet purchase was worth $1.97 billion in 2007 dollars. The TechRepublic purchase was worth $27 million in 2007 dollars.

Those purchases were made near the height of the DotCom boom, so there’s no real direct comparison that can be made between any of the purchases. It’s just interesting to see how the valuation of things changes over time.