|Working HP-70 sells for $123.50 on TAS|
Message #1 Posted by Michael de Estrada on 25 July 2011, 10:58 p.m.
Last Thursday a very clean fully functional HP-70 sold on TAS for only $123.50, after we've seen similar units sell for much more and even almost exceeding $1000. It was advertised as clean but untested, although the seller did allow for returns. So, how do I know that it is in good working condition ? Yes, indeed, I'm the lucky guy who won it, and I'm still amazed that I got it so cheap. I suppose the fact that the seller refused to ship outside the USA had something to do with it, and perhaps some of you outside the USA were watching and would have bid more if you had been given the opportunity. Still, I'm amazed that no one here was willing to bid more. The only other mitigating factor was that the auction ended at an awkward time, late afternoon on a weekday, when many people are between work and home, which is not an issue for me since I'm retired. I was fully expecting a last minute sniper bid, but it never came. So, today I received the HP-70, and the only issue is a touchy ON/OFF switch, which needs to be positioned half-way to work consistently and worn silver trim under the display. No corrosion, no cracks or scratches, labels intact and perfect, perfect keyboard and display, perfect battery door and latches etc. According the the MoHPC, the HP-70 is rated "Very Difficult" to find, and the lowest price recorded is $285. Perhaps it is time to downgrade its rarity ?