|On undiscontinuing products|
Message #1 Posted by Ernie Malaga on 28 June 2003, 5:57 p.m.
"Undiscontinuing," of course, is the opposite of "discontinuing." To us, this means reviving calculators that have been put to sleep and have ceased being made.
HP, like any other company in the world, is out there to make profits. In today's cut-throat market, however, brand-new calculators don't return much for their investment, which may be why HP chose to close APO three (?) years ago.
New products require lots of R&D, and the race for bigger and more, more, more is truly self-limiting. Unless you can hook up your HP-49G to an espresso maker (or a toilet, as one participant in this board wished he could), there isn't much you can add to the 49G.
HP, how about undiscontinuing old products? Some of your products of the past were huge successes, and would have potential buyers even today. You wouldn't have to spend a dime on R&D because everything has been done before. At most, you'll have to make slight changes to accomodate newer vesions of old components no longer being made.
Lots of forum members seem to like the HP-34C, the 15C, the 32SII, and the 42S. Just how much trouble would it be to bring them back -- unmodified?
Are you listening, HP?