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Sep 16, 2012 05:00 |  #1

i dont have a problem with it good for them
but it just seems weird
is there a story behind why the make calculators?


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Sep 16, 2012 05:29 |  #2

Uhhhmmmm....they manufacture all manner of electronics, including a wide variety of office supplies. There you have it.


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Sep 16, 2012 05:37 |  #3

HunterW wrote in post #14997815 (external link)
i dont have a problem with it good for them
but it just seems weird
is there a story behind why the make calculators?


For those who are new to the world of business, it may help to review the products manfactured by Canon. (external link) The company was making computers before some of this forum's users were born. (external link)




  
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Sep 16, 2012 05:39 |  #4

For the same reason gas stations sell milk & Bread.


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Sep 16, 2012 07:09 |  #5

why does canon make calculators?

Because they can sell them at a profit.


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Sep 16, 2012 07:09 |  #6

tzalman wrote in post #14997983 (external link)
Because they can sell them at a profit.

Bazinga.


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Sep 16, 2012 08:16 |  #7

Because Canon is an electronics manufacturer, not just a camera manufacturer.

What a strange thread.


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Sep 16, 2012 08:27 |  #8

I think some young people may not realise that in the early 1970s pocket calculators had a buzz around them the latest smartphone does today, and were more expensive. Perhaps Canon would not enter such a commodity business today, but back then Japanese electronics makers that didn't have an entry in that market would have suffered a loss of prestige. Since Canon already made old-fashioned desktop calculators, it was not an option for them to leave that market alone.




  
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Sep 16, 2012 08:39 as a reply to  @ melcat's post |  #9

I remember the excitement when calculators went all the way to the tenth decimal place. Talk about your iPhone5? Canon rivaled Xerox, and IBM, back then.


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Sep 16, 2012 08:39 |  #10

melcat wrote in post #14998134 (external link)
I think some young people may not realise that in the early 1970s pocket calculators had a buzz around them the latest smartphone does today, and were more expensive. Perhaps Canon would not enter such a commodity business today, but back then Japanese electronics makers that didn't have an entry in that market would have suffered a loss of prestige. Since Canon already made old-fashioned desktop calculators, it was not an option for them to leave that market alone.

I remember those first pocket calculators, my dad the engineer was so excited that he no longer needed the desktop one that came in its own briefcase!

Also to the OP, nearly all my office electronics are Canon from the photocopier and printer to my printing calculator. Had those long before I got a camera.


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Sep 16, 2012 08:45 |  #11

For what its worth, I had two Canon calculators fail within a year.

My Staples brand I bought for $1.99 is going strong after two years. :lol:


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Sep 16, 2012 08:57 |  #12

melcat wrote in post #14998134 (external link)
I think some young people may not realise that in the early 1970s pocket calculators had a buzz around them the latest smartphone does today, and were more expensive.

Tell us more about these magnificent yet frightening Dark Ages, grandpa!!! :D


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Sep 16, 2012 08:57 |  #13

DavidR wrote in post #14998178 (external link)
For what its worth, I had two Canon calculators fail within a year.

My Staples brand I bought for $1.99 is going strong after two years. :lol:

Did you send them in for calibration?


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Sep 16, 2012 09:21 |  #14

i shouldn't say this, but i recall using a slide rule in my first couple years of college. calculators hadn't shown up yet, and when they did hit the scene many i had professors who wouldn't let us use them.




  
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Sep 16, 2012 11:01 |  #15

HunterW wrote in post #14997815 (external link)
is there a story behind why the make calculators?

A story? They make calculators for the same reason they make everything else. They are an electronics manufacturing company. Thats what they do; make electronic and technology items such as computers, printers, software, cameras, optics, photocopiers, etc.

Why does it seem weird to you that an electronics company would make a calculator? I don't quite get it.


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