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Calculator Woes

Just one of those days when the world definitely doesn’t seem to be on my side. After surviving with a scientific calculator (legacy of my engineering degree), I decided it is time I graduated to a professional financial calculator. After I decided on a particular Texas model,I discoverd its not available in Duesseldorf (or at least I dont know the right places to get it).

Amazon.de sells it at a price which is more than double that of the US counterpart. And not just that, I have a sneaky feeling that the manual will be in German. Who knows, even the keys may have German equivalents. So, I ain’t gonna buy it online, without making sure I can read it.

After bracing myself to pay the shipping charges from US and the unreasonable German taxes on goods shipped from US (plus, I recently found out that UPS charges you another 11.6 Euros as administrative fee, just for paying the tax on your behalf!), I decided to buy my calculator from the US Amazon. Guess what! They don’t ship calculators outside of US! @#$*%#%!

I am just flabbergasted at how difficult it is to buy a simple thing as a calculator! Well, the bright side is – I am now more motivated to expedite my German lessons, at least to be confident enough to read German instructions on a calculator.

Posted in Personal on June 17, 2005


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  1. Anish says

    me still using the scientific calculator…helped me a lot in todays statistics paper :-)

  2. Surya says

    hope ur exam went well =)

  3. Pramod says

    I don’t think that they manufacture a Germany specific model – most such products will come with a multi-lingual manual – french, german, italian, korean, japanese, spanish and all in one book.

    Did you check ebay.de? Its a good source. By the way for buying books – use http://www.addall.com for comparing prices – even for delivery to Germany.

    Do you or Srijit know of any Belgian online bookstore – they dont have taxes on books – so it must be even cheaper…

  4. Surya says

    Ya, sadly they do manufacture German specific models – most the stuff I have bought here, including a normal calculator I bought here after this post, dont have English manuals.

    Thanks for the addall link and Belgian tip. Must admit I have been using addall since I saw it on ur booktag post =)



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