|Re: Bringing back old products|
Message #24 Posted by Vince (Italy) on 30 Dec 2011, 5:04 a.m.,
in response to message #23 by Ethan Conner
I wouldn't like to be misunderstood as a result of my bad command of the English language; hurting anyone's feelings has never been my intention, and I apologize, if I unintentionally did it. I'll try to explain my point in a more exhaustive way, hoping to succeed in making myself clearer.
In my opinion, the use of a calculator on a regular and methodical basis in (not just) professional contexts is a little anachronistic. And it must not be only my opinion, considering the difference between the wide assortment of models (not only from HP) available a couple of decades ago, and the current limited
one. There are several ways to accomplish the same tasks in a "better, faster, cheaper" manner.
Nevertheless, many people still use calculators; and I obviously find it very understandable, considering that I am with them, reading (and rarely writing) some posts on this forum.
And many people use "old" calculators, not the new ones, although the newer calculators are a lot faster and more efficient. Somehow, it would be indicative of a passion for calculators that surpasses their practical use; hence, calculators must have an appeal that doesn't directly correlate with their function. This
concept, in general, usually constitutes the basis of the collecting.
On the other hand,we observe here several occurences that are anomalous in collectors' enviroments. Every collector attaches fundamental importance to the genuineness of each item. The item has to be authentic, not tampered with. This principle someway clashes with the success met by the 15C LE, sold at up to 500$ on eBay. And still on eBay, I saw two seller refurbished 42s, one simply repaired, the other one improved as well (memory increased up 32k, overclocked), the latter obviously not being a valid instance of the original model. Well, the second calculator has been sold at a higher price than the first one.
Such situations seem to indicate that, in the current calculators' market, three distinct groups act: the advanced users (or hardened users of such a beautiful tool), the investors (or, if you like, the scalpers), and the collectors.
Introducing the 15C LE on the market obviously satisfies the first group, and evidently the second too. But not the group of the collectors, of which I consider myself an (unworthy) exponent.
So, if some members of the first group have bought the 15C LE, it's obvious that they don't regret it. But as it don't represent (currently, at least) a collectible item,as the real 15C is, paying it five times its commercial value makes little or no sense. That's all.
I only intended to express this idea, without offending anyone.
Edited: 30 Dec 2011, 10:15 a.m. after one or more responses were posted