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  • This Piece of iPhone History Comes Up Short in eBay Auction


    Although eBay has played host to a number of high-profile actions of Apple relics in the past, the latest didn't fetch the usual mega-bucks.

    What we are told is a "rare" prototype of Apple's first-generation iPhone sold for just $1,500 on eBay.

    The Australia-based eBay user in possession of the device raked in considerably less than many sellers have earned through the auction of other early-run Apple products, let alone prototypes.

    The device itself "is in near mint condition, apart from a very tiny mark in the back," the seller described, adding that "it passes all tests perfectly." Nonetheless, the working prototype sold for much less than many pre-release Apple product components have fetched online in the past.

    How the seller obtained the device is unclear, as is the reason eBay didn't pull the auction before its completion. In previous years, the auction platform has been known to curtail auctions involving operational propotypes from leading tech makers.

    Sources: eBay, Apple Insider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: This Piece of iPhone History Comes Up Short in eBay Auction started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      It was a "Buy it Now" for 1499 so i dont think the seller was disappointed since he/she set the buy it now pricing

    1. hemptation's Avatar
      hemptation -
      I mean really. He can go get 3 brand new iPhones for that money. And I would be happy to get over 100$ for my older iPhones. Lol
    1. jeffalo13's Avatar
      jeffalo13 -
      They Buy It Now was $1,499.99.... he couldn't have gotten anymore.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by jeffalo13 View Post
      They Buy It Now was $1,499.99.... he couldn't have gotten anymore.
      He could have gotten more if the bidding started. I have sold several iPhones on eBay with buy it now set at $250 only to have the bidding go $300+.
    1. Faresismail's Avatar
      Faresismail -
      I think there are people who would have bought it for even more.
    1. stevelucky's Avatar
      stevelucky -
      Quote Originally Posted by jeffalo13 View Post
      They Buy It Now was $1,499.99.... he couldn't have gotten anymore.
      Sure he could have. If it's listed as an auction, once people start bidding, at a certain point the Buy It Now goes away and it becomes a traditional auction.
    1. pedwily's Avatar
      pedwily -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cowboy View Post
      It was a "Buy it Now" for 1499 so i dont think the seller was disappointed since he/she set the buy it now pricing



      Better cover up the porn sites saved in your bookmarks/tabs...
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by pedwily View Post
      Better cover up the porn sites saved in your bookmarks/tabs...
      Consider it done
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      ^lol
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      lol Cowboy
    1. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      Whoa, lets not be too hasty in covering those tabs and links!
    1. x_IMMORTAL_x's Avatar
      x_IMMORTAL_x -
      ^^^lmao
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Sorry guy and or gals can't give up all my bootylicious secrets
    1. *T*'s Avatar
      *T* -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cowboy View Post
      Consider it done
      You forgot to cover your name, Logan Westerman.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Nope dont really care if people know my porn name its in my sig. My username before it was changed to cowboy was westerman.
      Not needing to hide everything.
    1. BUcLAo69's Avatar
      BUcLAo69 -
      Hahaha... @pedwily LMAo
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cowboy View Post
      Nope dont really care if people know my porn name its in my sig.
      Hahaha
    1. Azjonnyg's Avatar
      Azjonnyg -
      That's alot of black. Multitasker aye. Bahahhaha
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      HA! People tend to overpay to show off money and or power. Nice to see someone get a decent amount but not grossly overpaid. Like the above stated, this person can buy 3 phones with that money. Or buy a nice MacBook Air. Sounds like a win to me.
    1. The Amazing Atheist's Avatar
      The Amazing Atheist -
      I doubt that was a prototype, anyone can pay extra $$ to have anything engraved on the back of a device.