|Re: Interesting news about the HP 15C|
Message #23 Posted by Howard Owen on 22 Apr 2011, 11:16 a.m.,
in response to message #20 by Pal G.
Does anyone have any idea what effect the new retro Ford Mustangs and Chevy Camaros, have had on late 60's and early 70's Mustangs and Camaros? I think originals are still fetching high prices. My guess would be original 15Cs will be ok, as long as folks can differentiate between original and new. I suspect the new 15C would have an extra battery and some other mark of distinction.
That all depends on what percentage of the demand for original 15Cs is collector interest vs people looking for a capable/comfortable scientific calculator. At the risk of annoying 15C fans (among whose number I count myself,) I suspect that people who buy the 15C for the latter reason may overlap a lot with the former group. In other words, given a limited 15C reissue, the price on TAS for original 15Cs may not be affected much.
On the other hand, I first bought an original 15C in poor condition, just so I could get my hands on a working device to play with. So there might be some damping of enthusiast (vs collector) interest.
While I'm typing, I certainly hope HP does not limit the number of 15Cs they manufacture for reasons of maintaining some kind of exclusivity. They're not manufacturing Rolexes. Why would they limit production on a piece of plastic made in China? I'm sure if they manufacture 100,000 eventually they will be sold. They're not going to be tossed in a landfill like some cheap four banger.
A production run of 15Cs would not be cost free. If they failed to sell out a run of 10,000, it would be insane to keep producing them.
If this rumor turns out to be genuine, then perhaps HP is seriously test marketing the commercial viability of an updated 15C. They should already have some idea of the actual demand based on sales of the (expensive) 15C iPhone app. If that's the case, and the pilot run sells out, then the price of original 15Cs might well go down in the face of a larger supply of new 15Cs, as long ago happened to the 12C. This would be good news for collectors, I should think. An early 12C in good condition is still attractive to a serious collector.