spam from HP about 12C-Platinum


Interesting that I'd get spam from HP touting new 12C Platinum calc. I've included their agitprop below minus formatting (lines divide different page sections/blocks).

And it's in HTML. :(

Notice how they try to explain away RPN.

[They do have my email from past msgs awhile back to Fred Valdez & Lee Goh about what a _real_ RPN calc should look like/ perform/ endure. So that's prob where they got it from. You'd figure I'd be on the sci. calc list instead - but then, these are marketing droids.]

Bill Wiese
San Jose

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I got that too. This is the first time that I can remember receiving anything from them. They must be desperate to get rid of these 12C Platinum's.


Hi Katie

(BTW Your 41CX I bought is doing great :)

Actually my new sofa needs some better low-profile feet. Perhaps I should just buy a four-pack of 12C Platinums as 'skids' :)

Yes, I really got the feeling this was far more than an informational ad - almost like hyperpromotional schlock I get every week from Gevalia coffee.

IIRC, I got one of these about a year ago for a 48 or 49 calc. Again, it was direct from HP and not a distribution partner etc.

Bill Wiese
San Jose


Hi, folks;

I opened my e-box right now and I saw it. Would they use this forum's participants as a reference? I want not to think about this, because we're the last ones (most, most of us) they'd try to explain what is RPN and what is the 12Cp capable of doing... as if we do not know it already.

I actually did not understand the point here...

Any clues why us included???


Luiz (Brazil)


...HP sent me one too!

I feel like Steve Martin when he found his name in the phone book in "The Jerk".

I'M SOMEBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Hi, Bill. For what it's worth... based on 19 customer reviews the 12c platinum currently has a rating of 2 stars (out of 5) on

Makes me want to run out and buy one! :(




I suppose you did sign up at

It seems to work even if the 'Submit' resulted in a "page not found".



No, they've got our email from when we purchased the 42S replacement unit on their customer service website....


Yep, same thing happened here. I sent off an e-mail rant to Fred a couple of years ago... been on the list ever since.


I sent off an e-mail rant to Fred a couple of years ago... been on the list ever since.

Let's hope it's not the "$#!+" list... ;-)

I have yet to convey to HP/Kinpo the fundamental shortcomings of their "new and improved" 12Cp and 33S models, but I have already posted some of the "beef" in this Forum.

-- KS

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