|Re: 6S code name????|
Message #4 Posted by Dan Grelinger on 12 May 1999, 3:46 p.m.,
in response to message #3 by Rick
I am not certain I agree. Texas Instruments maintains a very large (largest?) share of the calculator market. The TI-92 does not seem to be too popular (~$200), but the TI-81 through -86 series is very popular, and the varying models retail in the $60-$120 range. TI's calculator division is profitable. As all of us can see who read the want ad's, the forum, and look on e-bay, there is a very significant market for scientific calculators in the $100 range, (e.g. HP-42S). It looks like money can still be made in this price range. I have not seen any sales numbers for the HP-48 series, but they appear to be popular as well, and most of those sold for between $100 and $200. I think any predictions of the demise of this market are very much premature. I actually don't know how HP can make any money on the -6S series! Here is my observation. TI is whomping HP in the high school educational market, a very large market. HP has introduced the -6S specifically for the middle school market, in an attempt to grab users at the time that scientific calculators are first needed. The hope is that brand loyalty will keep these kids into HP's when they need something more powerful (and profitable), like the -38 and -48 series. If you look at HP's offering before the -6S, there was nothing for middle school students. This, by the way, is why Algebraic is in for this model. Sixth graders would really be turned off by RPN, IMHO.