|How would a new HP 15c+ affect 15c market value?|
Message #1 Posted by megarat on 6 July 2010, 7:20 p.m.
I'm curious to hear your thoughts: if HP released a shiny new 15c+ calculator (akin to the 12c+, as repeatedly requested/fantasized about here), how do you think it would it affect the market value of the original 15c?
I think it's interesting that the original (pre-1990) 12c -- in spite of better construction quality and (probably) battery life -- only goes for $40 or so on eBay, unlike its no-longer-extant cousins. I suspect this has to do with the fact that the 12c never went out of production, so it never really achieved collector's status, as it's been there all along. Even though it got slowly downgraded in terms of production quality and experienced minor stepwise changes in engineering (e.g., different batteries, now a different CPU), people, even collectors, regard them as equivalent.
But what about the 15c?
My own opinion: I suppose it would have a lot to do with the quality of the finished product, but I still have a difficult time seeing how even a well-made, feature-for-feature 15c tribute, even with a faster CPU and more memory, would negatively affect the original 15c's current market value. In fact, the release of such a calculator might even (temporarily?) raise the original's market value, as its release would get the original back into the public eye and renew/ignite their interest in obtaining one.
I'm curious to hear what others think.