|Re: Problem with too-pristine calcs...|
Message #3 Posted by megarat on 29 Sept 2011, 2:19 p.m.,
in response to message #2 by Martin Pinckney
I relate to both sides of this fence: yes, calculators are tools, and tools are meant to be used. But now these vintage critters have become collectors' items, so when you have one in lovely cosmetic condition, that introduces the fear that by worsening its cosmetic condition, you somehow make it "less useful".
I had a beautiful, cherry, absolutely fresh-out-of-the-box 16c that I wanted to use regularly, but because it was so pristine I couldn't build up the nerve. I figured that a collector would value its pristineness more than I, so I found a buyer via TAS, then picked up a visibly used 16c via TAS for half the price. Win win!
My advice, w/r/t the 48 series ... heaps of engineering undergrads bought these calculators for a handful of classes and never used them again. Which is why the used market sees such a large number of these units in good condition. Since it sounds like you have multiple pristine units, designate the one in the least-best condition to be used as your daily carry, and keep the others pampered. If it gets any blemishes, you'll get over it soon enough.
Edited: 29 Sept 2011, 2:21 p.m.