|Re: Is a HP-15C worth 810 bucks? |
Message #9 Posted by DaveJ on 4 Mar 2009, 9:44 p.m.,
in response to message #8 by Michael de Estrada
I agree wholeheartedly that comparing a vintage calculator to a piece of art like a Picasso is absurd.
Not absurd, just different in the way they are viewed and valued. They can both equally be deemed to be works of art, it's merely a point of view.
The Picasso is a one-off work of art, where the collectible value is deemed to be in the original and not the mass produced copies. Mass produced copies are all but worthless due to their limitless ease of reproduction. Yet the mass produced copy can still be viewed as a work of art.
Calculators like the 15C on the other hand were mass produced in countless quantities, where the collectible value is deemed to be in the physical condition of the original unit. Once production is stopped, they are not easy to reproduce.
Hence if the new 15C comes out that faithfully emulates the look'n'feel of the original, the collectible market will more than likely plummet.
With a mass produced product like a calculator, the "work of art" is usually viewed as the mass produced version itself, and not the original prototype. Although the original prototype would have a collectible value in it's own right.
The point I was attempting to make is that human valuations of collectable items, be they machines like calculators or paintings like a Picasso are often based more on human desire to possess than serious and educated analysis.
But to quote Seinfeld - "Not that there's anything wrong with that!"