What are Texas Instruments' margins on their graphing calculators, and how much do they cost to make?
I agree with a previous response that engineering costs money, but these products have remained virtually unchanged over nearly 20 years, with the vast majority of expenses having been amortized long ago. I worked for TI once upon a time, I suspect they have no more than a couple of engineers (across hardware and software) actively maintaining these products. Comparing the latest TI-84+ CE at $149 with a current iPod at $199 there is an order of magnitude more technology in the iPod.The reason TI is able to maintain pricing on this product is because they’ve essentially built themselves a monopoly position in the educational graphing calculator market segment. Yes, there are other (arguably better) products from Casio, HP, and others, but TI has invested enough resources in supporting teachers and students in the use of this line of calculators that they enjoy something approaching 90% market share, and few individual schools or districts would find it worthwhile to invest in training teachers on using a less expensive product. I imagine we’ll see a steady transition from dedicated calculators to much less expensive apps on tablets or laptops, but given the unique acceptance of graphing calculators while taking standardized tests, there is a pretty good moat in place protecting the market.While it’s maddening to pay 10x for a product which would appear to cost a tiny fraction of that to manufacture and sell, good for TI in building this market niche, especially without benefit of most of the regulations which distort market pricing for pharmaceuticals and many other products.
How much does it cost to fill out a swimming pool?
The average price of water in the United States is about $1.50 for 1,000 gallons. The water required for a pool is in between 15000 gallons to 25000 gallons, you can do the maths now. One important thing is that ask your pool construction company that, is it ok to fill up water continuously or not. They can suggest you in a better way.
How much does it cost for an out-of-state student to attend the University of Texas at Austin?
It depends on your major, and if you’re an undergraduate or graduate (or if you’re seeking a law or medical degree). The Cockrell School of Engineering charges $18,546 per semester, for example, while the McCombs School of Business costs $19,635 per semester. This is for undergrads. Non-resident graduate students incur less cost per semester for fewer hours, the Cockrell School will cost you $9,015 per semester for 9 hours as a non-resident.You can calculate your per-semester tuition cost for 12 unit hours here.