|Re: HP42s - deal?|
Message #3 Posted by Fabricio on 17 Feb 2012, 11:30 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by Cristian Arezzini
In my experience and with the currency in Mx, it was not the best price, specially as it came with no manual nor box.
Just last December, I guess because of most people were spending in christmas gifts, two HP 42s appeared on ebay, the first one in 129usd, the second one in 140usd. I bought both with no fighting at all. 129usd + shipping is in mx pesos aroung 1850mxp; and your 160 euros alone are 2770mxp.
Compared to the prices now on ebay for the HP 42s, it would seem that it is a good price, but right now prices on ebay are inflated. I think one of the reasons is the recent sell of a supposedly NIB unit that sold in nearly 700usd. BTW, sadly I contributed to that, because from the very begining I increased the bid on that unit to 425usd. I did´n want seriously that calculator (I mean, I want it, but not for those prices), but just wanted to see how the the ultimate crazyness in the market was. And well, the final price says all.
I bought a "mint, like new" HP-28s some few months ago in a fiercely bid. It was in something like 200usd in the last minute, so I entered 350 just to make sure I was the winner. Well, I won it with 325. Yes, 325 for an HP-28S. And to add insult to injury, it was no way near as "mint, like new" as described. Later I bought another one from another seller in 210. She didn´t want to sell overseas, so ask for a premium and that´s why I paid that. In this case, the unit was even better than described; actually it looks like the box was somehow just opened to see it and never used. Recently, in january, 2 units new from an army surplus appeared on ebay, and sold for around 90usd each. Remember, we are talking about the HP-28S, which I love but a lot of HP users seem to hate, so its prices shouldn´t be that high. If you go to ebay now, there´s one unit offered in more thtn 250... is it worth or just inflated?
So, my experience on deseperately hunting down calculators in the last months says: be patient. When prices skyrocket, just slow down and wait for the right time. It always will come.