In today’s world, nobody has time to waste on manual calculations, especially retailers and wholesalers as making a mistake can be costly. Choosing the correct calculator to match the skills and needs of the customer is imperative.
A calculator can be a terrific time-saving tool, but only if the calculator matches the skills of the operator who is able to perform the particular calculations needed. To advise on the best calculator for a customer, it is essential to measure the skill of the customer and their familiarity with a particular calculator. Some important aspects to consider include budget, functions, ease of use, durability, documentation, expandability and support for the calculator.
Beat the Budget
Calculators can be more expensive than you think, so find out from the customer how much they are willing to spend. Compare the options they are thinking of buying and see which specifications are best for them and if their choices are in their price range.
Calculators are available in various shapes and sizes with different features and vary from model to model. Find out what functions the customer will be using as some features available include independent memory, independent add register, mark up percent, password options, right shift key and tax calculation. Many calculators also have functions you wouldn’t expect in strange places so do research on sites such as Google, Wikipedia and YouTube.
Making a choice
There are many types of calculators available in the market including display, scientific, graphing, financial, printing and solar calculators. Some calculators are designed for specific purposes such as different trades or businesses while others can be used for basic mathematical calculations like addition and multiplication.
Display Calculators are the most common and basic calculators available. They perform basic math operations such as adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing. Many display calculators also have a small memory to store the result.
Scientific Calculators are designed to calculate problems in science, engineering, and mathematics. They are more advanced than basic calculators and perform trigonometric functions and have a larger memory.
Graphing calculators perform even more advanced functions than scientific calculators and are more powerful and versatile often with special features for solving engineering problems. In addition to displaying graphs, they are often programmable, have larger memories, are able to store and graph equations and have a larger screen to display graphs.
Financial Calculators are specially designed to perform financial calculations.
Printing Calculators contain a roll of paper on which they print the input and results and only perform basic mathematics functions. These figures are displayed on the screen as well.
Solar Calculators are powered by solar cells rather than batteries. These cells called photovoltaic cells convert sunlight into electrical energy.
Whichever calculator the customer chooses, advise them to read through the owner’s manual thoroughly and practice a variety of different calculations as they may find that ‘playing with the calculator is a terrific way to familiarise themselves with this tool and speed up their work processes.