|Re: More NCEES restrictions on the way|
Message #5 Posted by Norris on 1 Oct 2004, 12:43 p.m.,
in response to message #3 by LH Chan
In the US, the NCEES rules undoubtedly affect the market for both new and used HP calculators.
For example, consider the situation that arose last year. In August 2003, NCEES unexpectedly announced that high-end HP calculators (including the 41, 42S, 48, and 49 series) would be banned on future professional engineering and surveying exams. Some 50,000 to 100,000 people take these exams every year, and a significant percentage of them are addicted to RPN calculators (especially the HP48). It is reasonable to assume that thousands of people (perhaps tens of thousands) suddenly started looking for low-end RPN calculators in late 2003, as a direct result of the NCEES ban. I was one myself.
And there wasn't much available. HP had discontinued production of the 32SII in 2002, and the new 33S did not become available until early 2004. In 2003, there were literally *no* RPN scientific calculators in production that met NCEES standards. So the value of a used 11C, 15C, or 32SII soared. And the 33S flew off the shelves as soon as it became available.
If you need further proof of the impact of NCEES exams, look at the market for commercial calculator software. Nobody markets calculator software anymore -- except for several vendors that offer NCEES exam software for the 33S (e.g. chotkeh.com, 33ssurveyor.com).