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Should we invest in HP stocks?
Message #1 Posted by Chan Tran on 4 Oct 2004, 1:55 p.m.

This is totally 20/20 hindsight and HP stock is not the stock on Wall Street but their calculators. It all started with the 42S. Shortly after the 42S discontinued the price jumped from less than $80 to $200 or so. And then we saw the price jump on the $58 32SII. And now the 48GX which could be had for $100 not too long ago went for over $200. I wonder why all these people who pay such a high price for the old calculators now did not buy them when they were cheap?

Re: Should we invest in HP stocks?
Message #2 Posted by Richard Garner on 4 Oct 2004, 3:13 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Chan Tran

They/We did. While the models you mentioned were in production, if you lost one or needed a new one, you just went out and bought a new one. The problem is if you are a surveyor, drafter or engineer that use one of these models on a daily basis and have lots of programs that you have written or bought and rely on the quality and reliability of that model you would do almost anything to keep from having to start over again.

Also the models that have come out after the 48G have all been redesigned in where the ENTER key is placed and its size. The quality and reliability of these new models have been worst than that of TI in the late 70's and early 80's when keyboards would not work or system logic would give you wrong or different answers every time you solved for the same set of numbers.

The older models are simply better. Better built, better reliability, better accuracy, better designed, and from a better time when HP was a leader not a follower in there development.

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