eBay is a paradise for Apple collectors. Photo: Jeff Croft
Tim Cook told investors he’s happy with Apple’s trade-in program and other used iPhone sales, and it turns out so is eBay.
In the last 12 months nearly $2 billion worth of Apple devices, ranging from iPhones, iPads, and old Macs, have been sold on eBay’s store, according to data obtained by Computer World, and just like Apple’s own sales, the iPhone brought in most of a money on eBay too.
A cheaper iMac that proves you get what you pay for, fresh beta updates for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, and a “rare” iPhone with a $15,000 price tag. You’ll get these stories and more in Cult of Mac’s video rundown of the week’s biggest Apple news.
Scoring a sweet deal on an iPhone directly from Apple is nearly impossible. Luck for us, a bunch of Cupertino’s retail partners aren’t afraid to cut some dinero off its price-tag to try to get you in the store. But which store is best for Apple deals?
To locate the top places to get deals on Apple products, DealNews tracked several years worth of deals for the iPhone, iPad, and 11-inch MacBook Air and discovered that certain retailers offer consistently better deals on one specific product. Many of the big name retailers are great for iPhones deals, but you might be the surprised where to look for the best iPad and MacBook Air bargains.
Here are the best places to score a deal for each Apple product:
You had to be on the WWDC Staff to get one of these orange beauties back in 2005. Its 100% cotton and is a bit worn with the Apple logo and WWDC 2005 embroidered on the front but you'll finally get some real respect when you roll up to the Genius Bar wearing this.
Coffee breaks are a great time to make small talk with new developers at WWDC and this mug could be your perfect fanboy talking point. Dating back to the darker days of WWDC 1990, this collectible mug will get you noticed by all the caffeine fiends roaming Moscone West.
This is San Francisco, a place where exercising and sipping fancy vegetable juices is one of the trendiest (and cheapest) things you can do. If coffee's not your thing then grab an Odwalla or Naked Juice, just make sure its got a dash of apple.
Forget the expensive lunch spots next door and brown bag it with these cheap Apple iLunch bags. You'll be able to catch up on your coding, save money and get a few laughs from fellow devs at the same time.
Tote your 17-inch MacBook Pro from coding sessions to hands-on labs with this collectable WWDC messenger bag. Apple handed these black Incase bags out in 2009 but this one is still wrapped in the original packaging so you'll look as fresh as iOS 8.
This black jacket from WWDC 2010 doesn't come cheap but it's in great condition for being pre-owned. The front screams WWDC-fanboy while the back features a large stitched "10" so people think you're either a World Cup striker or coding-vet.
Collecting these pins was no easy task in 2006 when Apple had partygoers at the WWDC Bash wander through the campus quad to track them down. Most were too inebriated to even attempt the journey but you can lavish WWDC attendees with wild tales of how your earned yours by sneaking into the Design Lab to earn "The Joy of X" badge.
So you weren't one of the lucky golden ticket winners? Well if you're absolutely desperate for a ticket - and ready to part with some Gs - at least one enterprising developer is scalping his extra ticket on Craigslist. Other tickets were spotted on eBay last year but Apple quickly killed those, but if you're in the market for a new job and know Objective-C like Jony Ive knows chamfered edges, Five9 is offering a ticket to their next Senior iOS Developer.
Apple is busy putting the finishing touches on WWDC before the invasion of 5,000 developers destroy the corridors of Moscone West, but even if you didn’t get a ticket to the hottest developer event in the world, you can still enjoy WWDC like you’re actually there by sporting some of this gear from the comfort of your couch.
Tim Cook and the rest of the Apple gang are coming straight out of Cupertino on June 2nd to kick off WWDC with the first keynote of the year. iOS 8, OS X 10.10, a home automation platform, new iMacs and possibly even an 8GB iPhone 5s are rumored to make an appearance.
We’ll be covering the action on our liveblog starting at 10AM PDT, Monday June 2nd and won’t let up until WWDC finishes on June 6th, but to get yourself ready for the assault, here are eight things you should buy to get your WWDC on.
iPhones with the deleted smash hit iOS game Flappy Bird still installed are garnering bids of up to $99,900.00 on eBay.
Leading the way is eBay user pindrus who is selling his used 16GB iPhone 5s (“The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended”) with the game, and has so far attracted more than 70 bids.
Occasionally a rare piece of Apple gear will appear on eBay and be suddenly pulled. Why? Apple doesn’t like it when its internal hardware gets exposed out in the wild. But sometimes a prototype slips through Cupertino’s watchful eye and gets sold.
An eBay seller in Australia has sold what appears to be an original iPhone engineering prototype for a nice sum of $1,499.
Everything that was in the 1984 Macintosh 128K’s original retail box. Swoon.
Back in 1984, Apple released the first Macintosh home computer, a magnificent piece of vintage computer design that would shape the destiny of the next 25 years of Apple’s corporate history.
What would it have been like to pull a vintage Macintosh 128K out of the box? To first separate the keyboard from its styrofoam lining? To first snap open the hard plastic floppy disc case? To first learn how to use MacWrite using an audio tape?
Over on eBay, one seller has been trying to sell a vintage Macintosh, still in box with complete documentation, equipment and even packaging. In his attempts to sell his prize, he has given us all a treat: a wonderfully thorough and loving unboxing of what it would have been like to open a vintage Macintosh up for the first time.
Since eBay items disappear when the auction ends, we’ve archived these incredible unboxing pics on our servers. Prepare to see a lot of them below.
eBay’s Black Friday sale is set to start a day early this year, on Thursday, November 28 — and it includes a whole bunch of tablets, smartphones, consoles, and cameras. So whether you’re into Android or iOS, there’s a great deal to be had, such as an original iPad mini for $239, a Nexus 7 for $199, and the new iPad Air for $469.99.