|Re: To be, or not to be, with a new HP33?|
Message #2 Posted by Les Wright on 12 Feb 2007, 8:57 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Grant
The market has been all over the place lately, but if you mean "mint" when you say it, a 41CX with those modules and all the manuals and boxes would fetch between $300-500 on fleaBay, depending if you sell as a package or sell the modules separately.
I paid $300 (plus hefty taxes and shipping since I am Canadian) for a 42S with manuals, case and box. The calc itself is field grade quality and has name branding, but after a good cleaning it really works well, and i am not afraid to use it like I am my mint 15C. I think I paid too much, but I wanted it when I wanted it, blah blah blah. If your 42S is in good shape and with manual you could fetch around $200-250 I would hope, maybe less in a slow market. The only thing I don't like about the 42S is the somewhat faint display and the fact that fingers are the only way to get a program into it. I do most of my 42S stuff in Free42 on my Palm TX.
I can't comment on your other calculators since I don't know them well, but I do know the 32S is well loved around here.
If by 33 you mean 33S, tread carefully even though it is cheap and ostensibly feature packed. I like the speed and can forgive its crazy busy keyboard, constricted programming abilities (compared with the HP41 and 42), and "cheap" feel, and have been giving it a lot more attention lately. But search the archives around here and take a peek at some recent threads. There are some very strong opinions about the 33S, and few of them are positive unless the support is offered with plenty of qualification.
If I were you, and had to keep just one, I would keep the 42S--it has it all, small size, billions of features, RPN programs yet a lot more memory than the 41 calcs. I think if you sold it you would miss it terribly.