|Re: Disposable HP RPN|
Message #2 Posted by Patrick on 26 May 2003, 9:44 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Tom Cox
It only takes a relatively small number of buyers to influence the price of items on eBay. That means that one cannot base a business case for a new, quality (RPN) calculator by pointing at auction prices. So, yes, I think you are right in saying that there is likely no (mass) market for quality devices.
Most people will recognize that you can buy a series of cheap items, each lasting perhaps only a few years, and not pay much different than one high quality device. With the rate of innovation in electronics, being able to get the latest and greatest every few years is generally an added benefit.
I would have to say, though, that there appears to have been a certain amount of reverse innovation in the calculator field. It is hard to find a machine with the capability (RPN, complex numbers, matrices, solver, numerical integration, full keystroke programming model) convenience (size, battery life) and support (great manual, advanced guide available) of a 1982 vintage 15C.
Will we see such a beast again? Given how many 15C's I've accumulated, I'd have to say my opinion is no, not in my lifetime.