|Re: Hmm... $9.95 for calc, $625 for shipping? :-)|
Message #3 Posted by Karl Schneider on 15 July 2006, 11:55 a.m.,
in response to message #2 by Vassilis Prevelakis
If it weren't such a horrible calculator, I'd buy it and then complain to eBay about the excessive postage charges.
Not "postage", but "shipping."
I, and others here, sent multiple messages about an HP-41CX auction that demanded US$300 shipping, well prior to the end of the auction. eBay took no pre-emptive action, and the calc sold for $81. It seemed to me like a clear-cut violation of their policies against Fee Avoidance, by reason of excessive shipping and handling charges. As the old saying goes, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink."
Nevertheless, I wouldn't pay even 9.95 for this thing.
I paid $5 with no shipping at a thrift shop for a similar Rockwell 18R, mainly as a "curio". It provides an example of some of the many mediocre-but-affordable calculators available in the early 1970's from companies that no longer participate in that market (or no longer exist). It works fine for what it does -- arithmetic and percent -- and it uses disposable 9V batteries. There is also an AC input.
Some other "cheapies" of the era didn't even have floating decimal point. The user had to keep track of magnitude, slide-rule style. Some even had paper labels on the keys. Rockwell was and is a major aerospace corporation, so they were obliged to produce a competent product...