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Why is the HP Prime so expensive in Canada?
08-28-2021, 04:34 PM
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Why is the HP Prime so expensive in Canada?
I was wondering why the HP Prime was so expensive in Canada now? The G1 model is over $250 and the G2 model is over $280 and that's without shipping and taxes. That's USD$198 and USD$220 respectively. In 2013 I got a G1 model for only USD$130 at full price.

Meanwhile, a Casio fx-CG50 is only $160 and a TI-Nspire CX II CAS $200.

Is there an explanation about why the huge price difference and increase for the HP Prime?

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08-29-2021, 01:59 AM
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RE: Why is the HP Prime so expensive in Canada?
(08-28-2021 04:34 PM)Kevin Ouellet Wrote:  I was wondering why the HP Prime was so expensive in Canada now? The G1 model is over $250 and the G2 model is over $280 and that's without shipping and taxes. That's USD$198 and USD$220 respectively. In 2013 I got a G1 model for only USD$130 at full price.

Meanwhile, a Casio fx-CG50 is only $160 and a TI-Nspire CX II CAS $200.

Is there an explanation about why the huge price difference and increase for the HP Prime?

2 answers:

1. Low sales volume
2. Canada (there basically are no major HP Calc. distributors left in Canada, so they have to be imported by smaller dealers/distributors and it's likely customs fees, etc. get wrapped in.)

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08-31-2021, 06:32 PM
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RE: Why is the HP Prime so expensive in Canada?
(08-29-2021 01:59 AM)rprosperi Wrote:  1. Low sales volume

If sales are low, increase price will only worsen the situation

Just my 2 cents
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08-31-2021, 11:06 PM (This post was last modified: 08-31-2021 11:07 PM by Steve Simpkin.)
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RE: Why is the HP Prime so expensive in Canada?
(08-28-2021 04:34 PM)Kevin Ouellet Wrote:  I was wondering why the HP Prime was so expensive in Canada now? The G1 model is over $250 and the G2 model is over $280 and that's without shipping and taxes. That's USD$198 and USD$220 respectively. In 2013 I got a G1 model for only USD$130 at full price.

Meanwhile, a Casio fx-CG50 is only $160 and a TI-Nspire CX II CAS $200.

Is there an explanation about why the huge price difference and increase for the HP Prime?

Also why is the Casio fx-CG50 $160 CAD in Canada? It is around $80 USD in the U.S. which would be $101 CAD at today's exchange rate.

It should also be noted that KhiCAS is available on the Casio Fx-CG50 (thank you Parisse!) giving it a CAS that is similar to the one in the HP Prime (same Xcas engine). This makes the Casio Fx-CG50 the lowest priced currently produced color graphing calculator in the U.S. with Python and CAS capabilities.
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09-02-2021, 05:33 PM
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RE: Why is the HP Prime so expensive in Canada?
Casio lower their prices in the US to tempt would-be TI customers, I think.

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