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Message #26 Posted by Karl Schneider on 23 Dec 2006, 7:44 p.m.,
in response to message #25 by allen
Les, thanks for catching the ommission in the battery pac listing. Not intentional. I have revised it to include my tests. Regarding the price, I sold two others in exactly the same condition for $49.95 earler this year.
82120A battery that needs new cells
I'd say that US$45 is a bit high for a battery pack that needs service and probably needs new cells. The NiCd corrosion can probably be cleaned up easily, but its presence indicates that those 1980's parts have lived out their useful days. A new set of cells runs around US$30.
Question: Why in the world are people always selling calcs w/o manual(s)?
1. The added shipping weight of manuals often costs more than the manual is worth, esp with priority or international shipments.
2. having a 1.5 lb manual (such as the 48GX manual) in the same box as a $200 calculator is risky unless properly packed to avoid them damaging each other.
3. Many manuals are now available online for free.
I'd take some issue with each of the reasons given.
1. US Priority Mail up to 1 pound is $4.05; larger parcels cost $8.10. Few manuals are worth only $4.05; if they are, the 1-pound limit can often be met.
2. If the calc is properly protected by cushioning and a firm shipping box, a manual in the same package is not a problem. I've received plenty of calc's with manuals in the same box -- one just yesterday, in fact.
3. Texas Instruments manuals (even for discontinued products) can be downloaded from their web site, but I don't think H-P is so generous. Downloading, printing double-sided, and binding large manuals is a chore. A spiral-bound lithographed HP-15C or HP-42S manual is much nicer to have.
On the last point, I believe that a minimally-complete H-P calculator package includes the manual and the slipcover or zippered case. Anything else is "icing on the cake". If the manual is in the seller's possession, it ought to be included in the auction: Many buyers would need or want the manual, which was "standard equipment". If he doesn't need it, he can re-sell it because it has value. If he needs it, he won't be pleased about having to win two separate auctions or pay high prices to an on-line store in order to get all the pieces.
Edited: 23 Dec 2006, 7:47 p.m.