Is inflation taken into account When Prices of HP calculators are put in the web-site?



#2

hi all
i am doing a project on the calculator industry, and i need to look at the changes in the calculator prices between 1968 and 1968.

i just wanted to make sure that prices that are put on the website are the present values rather than what actually the prices was in those days??? any ideas???

for example in 1968 HP9100 AB was introduced with the price of approx. $5000. is this discounted???

Thanks for commands.

Ozzie


#3

I don't think you'll find much of a price fluctuation between 1968 and 1968. =)

More seriously, though, the prices will usually be much less than the introducotry prices, with exception for a few units. I know that in particular the HP48GX had a price of around $250.00 at some retailers, though $200.00 was about average when they were in production. Nowadays, they go for more due to their popularity amongst surveyors and the fact that they are no longer in production.

Regarding the website, you are best off asking the curator of the museum himself.

Quote:
hi all
i am doing a project on the calculator industry, and i need to look at the changes in the calculator prices between 1968 and 1968.

i just wanted to make sure that prices that are put on the website are the present values rather than what actually the prices was in those days??? any ideas???

for example in 1968 HP9100 AB was introduced with the price of approx. $5000. is this discounted???

Thanks for commands.

Ozzie


#4

Only Dave can be definitive in an answer (as he compiled the info) but, based on the prices that I paid in 1982, 1995 etc measured against what is listed on the museum, then no, the prices are *not* discounted. The numbers given are the actual prices you would have paid in the dollar of that day.

Yes, $450 1976 dollars is a lot of money! That is why the digital revolution didn't happen over-night :-)

Edited: 13 Mar 2006, 9:15 a.m.


#5

Yep, thinking back now, I'm realizing that my folks' paying $120 for my TI58 in Christmas of 1978, and $179 for my HP41C in Christmas of 1981 might've been a bit of a stretch.


#6

...And my father paid the University of Pennsylvania Book Store $120 for my 11c in 1982.

#7

The prices shown are the actual list prices with no inflation adjustment. At one time you could trade in several cars on a calculator.


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