Message #7 Posted by Ellis Easley on 8 June 2002, 10:27 a.m.,
in response to message #3 by W. Bruce Maguire
I bought two brand new 17BII's from a guy who has been running a dutch auction on Ebay for a while. He says he has a lot of them. They must be warranty replacement units because they just come with a slip cover but he includes a photocopy of the manual. (I guess he's "running afoul of the law".) His starting bid is $45 and he is getting very few takers.
I wonder if he got these from HP parts too? I understand the 42S wouldn't have been supported by HP anymore and that's why they would have sold them without requiring a "core". But shouldn't they still support the 17BII for a few years, if they just discontinued it? Although they might have a reserve for that purpose and this guy just bought some of the surplus.
Some years ago I got my HP16C from EduCalc when they were selling warranty replacement units. They also advertised 15C's inside the front cover, but by the time I called they only had 16C's left. I think I paid $30 and the 15C's were priced at $35!
The Ebay seller with the 17BII's also has complete 38G's of which I also bought a couple. He also lists 48G's and "slightly used" 49G's. Actually, I first learned about his ad here, he had advertised "38G/not 38GX" on Ebay and that raised hopes of a new model.
I like the 38G! I got a couple of 39G's locally last year when they were being closed out but I like the 38G better. I've realized I don't have a use for a graphing calculator as far as advanced graphing features go, but I like writing my own graphing programs! I'm having fun with the clear screen and pixel set commands. After I had a program working, I transferred it to a 39G and it worked there too.