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As far as technology goes, this is worth about $10. Hasn't changed in 15 years. Imagine paying $80 for iPod first generation that can hold 20 songs...you wouldn't. This is such a scam and really a prime example of how underprivileged kids can fall behind.
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Insane that these things haven't changed in years and still go for this price...
I have one from 20 years ago and agree its crazy.
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Question, if many universities don't allow for graphing calculators to be present during exams, shouldn't AP courses also remove this requirement so that students don't rely on them as a crutch? It was a shock for my that calculators were not allowed, and that took quite a bit of time to unlearn and kick the habit.
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Wouldn't a app be cheaper ?
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How has someone not created an android/iOS emulator app for this POS? Can't believe they still charge this much for them in the first place.
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I used to know a guy in high school that could download games like super Mario on these calculators.
Cool story, Bro!
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Mafia was the best game on this 20 years ago. At least the price hasn't gone up with inflation...thanks Texas instruments!
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I remember paying $85 for this 10+ years ago when I started high school. To be fair though, I've used it from high school to now in graduate school and its still going strong. Although I don't really do anything beyond algebra/trig currently, just having a calculator with physical buttons and a memory (being able to reference a prior equation/answer with 2-3 button presses) makes this much speedier to calculate answers compared to say a pc. Also, being able to view multiple lines of text (unlike single line scientific calculators) is an amazing function. I'm not trying to justify the price of the tech in these devices but they're a nice investment if you plan to major in STEM. As stated by others, used is a wonderful alternative too!

Also that lovely sound when these were dropped in a large lecture hall during a test are nostalgic. These things are built pretty ruggedly.
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I used to know a guy in high school that could download games like super Mario on these calculators.
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Cool story, Bro!
Not sure if you were being facetious, but It's true. My son has Super Mario, Pacman, Donkey Kong, Flappy Bird, and a bunch of others (tons of gameboy games too) on his calculator (the color screen version, the TI-84 Plus CE)
Here are some helpful links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?tim...=emb_title

https://calcplex.com/downloads/ti...%20desktop.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJq5IAMgelM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox7v5pNR-dY
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Texas instruments is able to artificially keep the prices high on these devices because they have a monopoly in this sector. It probably costs them about $10-$15 to produce these devices. They started the monopoly by providing teachers and schools free devices and workshops, and in turn schools made it their sole device to goto, and even requirement for classes even though there are graphing calculators out there that are just as capable at a fraction of the price. I mean it helps that there is a form of standardization, but they also own the market, and makes it bend to their will.
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I don't understand the people here who are saying to buy a used one on ebay for $20. Isn't that the same for anything you are going to buy, you can buy it used for cheaper? I mean, if you are buying a new sofa, you can probably get a used one at a thrift store for less than half the price. What is the point of mentioning specifically on this deal that buying it used will get you a cheaper one?
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For the people complaining why its the same price without changing. Because this equipment is standardized in schools, TI makes plenty of other well upgraded calculators around the same price actually with LCD displays and plenty of ram/storage. That however is not in the best interest of education as it is a calculator not a PC, upgrading it gives more room to cheat with. TI is meeting the demands of the schools, and theyre not gonna do it for $10. Learn how the world works people
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Interesting read confirming the $15-20 to make (maybe even less today). Hopefully not behind WaPo paywall:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/ne...lassrooms/
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You're as cool as Joe Biden
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Does your son pay attention in class or does he just game?
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Not sure if you were being facetious, but It's true. My son has Super Mario, Pacman, Donkey Kong, Flappy Bird, and a bunch of others (tons of gameboy games too) on his calculator (the color screen version, the TI-84 Plus CE)
Here are some helpful links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?tim...=emb_title

https://calcplex.com/downloads/ti...%20desktop.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJq5IAMgelM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox7v5pNR-dY
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