With AirPods Pro sold out, resellers seek huge markups

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AirPods Pro on eBay come at a premium.
Anyone who must have a pair of AirPods Pro next week should be ready to pay extra for them.
Screenshot: eBay/Cult of Mac

Virtually every retailer already sold out of Apple’s new AirPods Pro, and resellers are offering these popular earbuds at hefty premiums.

Unfortunately, paying a big markup is probably the only way to get this accessory before Christmas or Hanukkah.

These are the first in the AirPods line to offer active noise cancellation. And they debuted in November, just in time to go on many people’s wish lists. Teens are reportedly eager to get a pair.

AirPods Pro sold out

Anyone who hasn’t already ordered a pair of AirPods Pro should give up the idea of getting one anytime soon at the regular price.

Shipping times on Apple.com stretched past Christmas weeks ago. Orders placed today arrive January 10.

A check of in-store availability at our local Apple Store found that these hearables won‘t be in stock until January 20. That said, some Apple retail stores might get in shipments sooner — check your local store daily for possible deliveries.

AirPods Pro aren’t available from other retailers, either. Amazon.com lists them as “Temporarily out of stock,” and there’s no projected date when that will change. The same goes for Target, Walmart and Best Buy, though the latter retailer does have refurbished units.

Option 2: Paying a premium

Although traditional retailers are apparently no longer an option, resellers still have plenty of AirPods Pro in stock. These are companies or individuals who purchase products at full price, then turn around and sell them online at more than retail prices.

Quite a few resellers are offering Apple’s latest in-ear headphones on eBay. Prices range from $329 to $349. Apple’s regular price is $249.

This shouldn’t comer as a surprise — there were predictions back in November that AirPods Pro would sell out before Christmas/Hanukkah. In short, there’s an approximately $100 penalty for procrastination.