|Re: HP35s is back / What will it cost outside of the USA?|
Message #47 Posted by Les Wright on 5 July 2007, 1:13 a.m.,
in response to message #45 by Walter B
With the Canadian dollar rising against the US dollar, I expect the MRSP to be disproportionately higher than usual.
For example check this out. The York U bookstore is named on the HP Canada calculator page as the only official reseller of the complete calculator line. But look at the prices!!! $230CDN for a 50G!!!! Even at 80 cents US on the dollar (as things were a year ago) that is overpriced. At 90 cents, the state of affairs today, that is just plain nuts, over $200US. Outrageous when you think US buyers are finding them now for about 125US.
I suspect York U will carry the 35S and that it will be disproportionately overpriced as well.
Techcommint on eBay is based in Oakville, Ontario. Larry's prices are much more reasonable, and he carries the full HP line as soon as they are available. He may or may not charge shipping, given the situation, but will charge GST within Canada and GST and PST within Ontario. So that sort of stings. I recommend buying directly from him rather than thru the eBay store--he seems to have more flexibility in pricing that way.
When all is said, it may prove cheaper in the long run for Canadians to order from Eric Rechlin and pay shipping and Customs. I think the new 35S is going to be somewhat more costly for Canadians than Americans, and particularly pricey for Europeans and our friends in Australia and South America. But putting this in perspective--if it turns out to be a great calculator, I won't miss $100CDN or so one bit.