The value of Apple products rarely increases over time, but a select few ancient relics on eBay are going into the thousands.
Apple has grown into a $2.2 trillion tech behemoth – the second most valuable company in the world and one spot ahead of Microsoft in a meaningful way.
Under Steve Jobs and even after his death, Apple has reached billions of people, produced iconic ads and revamped retail stores – all standing at the forefront of personal use technology alone .
As Apple grew, consumers’ appetite for new gadgets grew along with it.
Families around the world hoard years’ worth of Apple tech that starts to get old as soon as they hit the shelves.
But some rare versions and well-preserved products are going for a small fortune on eBay — find out if you’ve been sitting on an apple-plated gold mine.
first generation ipod
When the iPod was first released, it was an instant hit—it became a window into one’s personality.
In Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs, he explains that when the device was released everyone was asking each other “What’s on your iPod?” – Even President George Bush was asked by the journalist about his tunes at the peak of iPod-mania.
A factory-sealed first-generation iPod is listed on eBay for $23,000—while an insulated first-gen iPod may actually be a rare find, a working one can get you $1,500 on Etsy.
The original Macintosh computer was a feat of design, engineering and marketing excellence built around a single product.
The starting price was set at $2,495 and Apple sold 70,000 units in the first 100 days.
A lightly damaged Macintosh can be purchased on eBay for $499.99—but one expert told CNBC News that other units go for between $1,500 and $2,000.
The iBook looks clunky by today’s standards but its revamped clamshell design and color choices were cutting edge at the time.
It was the first laptop to truly use Wi-Fi and mobile computing.
The iBook goes on eBay for a range of prices, mostly around $200 — but a seller with a collection of iBooks is calling for $1,300 for one of their units.
first generation ipad
The iPad was released in 2010 with a marketing blitz advancing the product.
An episode of Modern Family, that year’s top-ranked sitcom, centered entirely around the iPad—the episode was called a “game changer.”
The iPad line is still working and updated today, which hurts the appreciative value of previous designs – a first-generation iPad in good working condition can get you around $55 on eBay.
first generation ipod shuffle
Engineers working on the iPod Shuffle were working on making the screen smaller and smaller—until Jobs recommended removing the screen altogether.
Jobs saw that people were curating their own music libraries—whatever came of it, they chose to put up a device and listen.
Selling a first-generation Shuffle won’t make you rich—an eBay listing costs just $13.
Products in mint condition will always cost more than used devices – that’s a good reason to buy a random Apple product, never open it, and hope it skyrockets in value from now on as an older product .
If you have any older Apple technology and intend to sell, be sure to check the market – you don’t want to lose a nugget of Apple history.
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