My new scientific calculator

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by tracecom, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. tracecom

    Thread Starter AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 16, 2010
    I bought this today. It does everything you (or more correctly, I) expect in a scientific calculator. It even converts to and from hex, decimal, octal, and binary numbers.

    It was brand new in the package, and came with a battery. Care to guess how much it cost?

    The photo is a bit large, but I wanted to show the details.
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2012
  2. Markd77

    Senior Member

    Sep 7, 2009
    One dollar?
  3. JoeJester

    AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 26, 2005
    Nine dollars and ninety-nine cents.
  4. tracecom

    Thread Starter AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 16, 2010
    Exactly. I guess I am behind the times, because it amazes me. Of course, the display is small, the keys are stiff, and the injection molding looks crude, but its capabilities are almost unbelievable for the price. Just imagine that a factory in China made it for little enough that they packaged it, shipped it to the USA, trucked it to Tennessee, where it retailed for a buck and presumably the factory, the carriers, and the retailer all made a profit. Wow!
  5. KJ6EAD

    Senior Member

    Apr 30, 2011
    I bought a dollar store scientific too, but I gave it away when I found a $15 TI scientific at the thrift store for $1.
  6. loosewire

    AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 25, 2008
    The economy is in boxes, you pay for the size of the box.

    There is bigger profits in bar codes.

    No one up to this Loosewires (non-cents) Random Dumbers.
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2012
  7. justtrying

    Active Member

    Mar 9, 2011
    will see how long it lasts...

    This is what we have come to - there are people who would rather by a cheap watch than replace a battery because of the cost. What does that create? Will this ever stop?
  8. loosewire

    AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 25, 2008
    No, we have come to far to turn back,only going forward will we

    ever find out. What can we expect in the future,we can only think

    about what could have been,memories of better times with less

    calulations. Small transistor radios and the simple beach.
  9. THE_RB

    AAC Fanatic!

    Feb 11, 2008
    Imagine what you could sell it for if you took it back to WW2 when they were using log tables to calculate missile flight etc.

    I bet they would think it was worth more than a dollar. :)
  10. tracecom

    Thread Starter AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 16, 2010

    And in 1971, I bought an LED calculator that would add, subtract, multiply, and divide, and that's all; it didn't even do square roots. I paid $100 for it and my salary at the time was $6200 per year.
  11. maxpower097

    Well-Known Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    Profit margins tend to get high when you have no worker protection organizations.China is able to produce all this stuff for dollars because they don't RnD they just pull patents to go from, then they hire kids and women for pennies on the dollar to work.Then remove luxury costs of the mnf like air conditioning, vent hoods, etc... You get what you pay for. This may be a rare occasion that you actually get a good deal but no one will ever be able to compete with China's prices till china grows a middle class they need to pay for.
  12. #12


    Nov 30, 2010
    My first calculator was a TI-30 with LED display...$100 in 1973

    Now I have (4) TI-30 SLR's
    $20 each somewhere in the 1990's
    Same functions, no batteries, and they will never corrode.
    I'm set for life :D