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(Marketwatch)   After 10 years, some people are still holding onto their original unopened first edition iPhones. Current value? From $3,500 to $30,000   ( marketwatch.com) divider line
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2017-01-09 11:56:12 PM  
That's a really expensive paperweight.
 
2017-01-10 12:28:26 AM  
After 10 years idle, any lithium-ion battery will have gone bad.
 
2017-01-10 12:47:30 AM  
Why?!
 
2017-01-10 02:55:50 AM  
I've been thinking about doing this with a Tesla. Any reason why I shouldn't?
 
2017-01-10 03:43:41 AM  
So, like... Half of their original cost then?
 
2017-01-10 06:45:48 AM  

8 inches: I've been thinking about doing this with a Tesla. Any reason why I shouldn't?


If you don't drive it, it will start taking itself out at night when you are asleep.  This is how we get skynet, do you want skynet?
 
2017-01-10 07:25:11 AM  

Banned on the Run: That's a really expensive paperweight.


The same can be said for all unopened collectables.
 
2017-01-10 07:36:01 AM  

MindStalker: Banned on the Run: That's a really expensive paperweight.

The same can be said for all unopened collectables.


img.fark.net
Not just a collectible, an investment.
 
2017-01-10 07:43:33 AM  
Quick check on e-bay.  An original 1984 Macintosh computer, in the box, can be had for anywhere from
$650 - $1,800.

They were $2,400 +/- brand new.
http://www.cleveland.com/datacentral/index.ssf/2012/12/the_original_a​p​ple_macintosh_c.html
 
2017-01-10 08:02:03 AM  
And zero bidders.


/still waiting on my Franklin Mint plate to triple in value.
 
2017-01-10 08:13:56 AM  
"Selling for 3,500 to 30,000 on eBay"

Why do these bloggers keep lying? It is LISTED for those prices. Not selling for. Unless they have proof of a closed transaction for 30 grand, this is fake news.
 
2017-01-10 08:20:44 AM  

Tom_Slick: 8 inches: I've been thinking about doing this with a Tesla. Any reason why I shouldn't?

If you don't drive it, it will start taking itself out at night when you are asleep.  This is how we get skynet, do you want skynet?


Wrong movie ;)

img.fark.net
 
2017-01-10 08:30:33 AM  
In related news, my daughter and I were talking about board games the other day and I remembered Fireball Island being pretty good fun. Went to eBay to see if I can pick one up... yeah, complete versions are actually selling for over $200.

I'm sure mine went at a garage sale for $5. Yet I still have a half-dozen other random board games from that part of my childhood which are worth nothing.

/might have to settle for The Omega Virus
 
2017-01-10 08:46:03 AM  

Bullseyed: "Selling for 3,500 to 30,000 on eBay"

Why do these bloggers keep lying? It is LISTED for those prices. Not selling for. Unless they have proof of a closed transaction for 30 grand, this is fake news.


check the sold listings - people are actually paying thousands of dollars for them. The highest I saw just now was $24,999, which is pretty much as ridiculous as $30,000.
 
2017-01-10 08:47:49 AM  
How much for an acceptable condition original iPod Shuffle?
 
2017-01-10 08:50:42 AM  
Wasn't that the original price?
 
2017-01-10 08:58:18 AM  

clkeagle: In related news, my daughter and I were talking about board games the other day and I remembered Fireball Island being pretty good fun. Went to eBay to see if I can pick one up... yeah, complete versions are actually selling for over $200.

I'm sure mine went at a garage sale for $5. Yet I still have a half-dozen other random board games from that part of my childhood which are worth nothing.

/might have to settle for The Omega Virus


Try looking up a working copy of Dark Tower.

/the free phone versions are nice but it's not the same..
 
2017-01-10 09:16:23 AM  
Oh Ebay. I can list a turd on there for a million dollars. Doesn't mean anyone will buy it.
 
2017-01-10 09:22:21 AM  

abhorrent1: Oh Ebay. I can list a turd on there for a million dollars. Doesn't mean anyone will buy it.


No, but you can do a search for completed listings and see that these suckers really do sell for crazy amounts of money.

It's no worse than paying for any other collectible, even an antique car that isn't driveable.
 
2017-01-10 09:24:56 AM  
I met a guy who has a 2008 Dodge Challenger in a barn with less than 100 miles on it.  He is hoping it will be worth a mint one day.   I think he was under the impression that they wouldn't make that many, but here we are in 2017 and they are still being made.  Also the engines now are a lot more powerful than his.

clkeagle: In related news, my daughter and I were talking about board games the other day and I remembered Fireball Island being pretty good fun. Went to eBay to see if I can pick one up... yeah, complete versions are actually selling for over $200.


I still have my copy.  I am missing one fireball marble, but otherwise it is complete.  I am not selling it.

My friend and I split the cost of the Axis and Allies Anniversary Edition.  Two years later he got married and moved away, I told him that he could keep it.  I can't even look at the price on Ebay.
 
2017-01-10 09:44:43 AM  

bark_atda_moon: I met a guy who has a 2008 Dodge Challenger in a barn with less than 100 miles on it.  He is hoping it will be worth a mint one day.   I think he was under the impression that they wouldn't make that many, but here we are in 2017 and they are still being made.  Also the engines now are a lot more powerful than his.

clkeagle: In related news, my daughter and I were talking about board games the other day and I remembered Fireball Island being pretty good fun. Went to eBay to see if I can pick one up... yeah, complete versions are actually selling for over $200.

I still have my copy.  I am missing one fireball marble, but otherwise it is complete.  I am not selling it.

My friend and I split the cost of the Axis and Allies Anniversary Edition.  Two years later he got married and moved away, I told him that he could keep it.  I can't even look at the price on Ebay.


People don't understand that it used to be cars were junked before they hit 100,000 miles.

/collecting cars is a boomer thing any how
 
2017-01-10 09:56:14 AM  

HempHead: /collecting cars is a boomer thing any how


I can see why, when they were younger cars were cool.   Now everything looks the same and no one really cares what you drive.  I do live near a few millennials that collect and race 1990s Hondas and Nissans.  The people who collect cars and never drive them are almost always boomers.  It must suck to have to use a flatbed to take your prized car to various car shows.
 
2017-01-10 10:00:01 AM  
I have one I found at a yard sale in 2009 for $40 with a minor crack in the screen.

I used it extensively as an iPod for a couple of years until the iPod Touch 3G came out, but I never viewed
it as anything other than a tinker toy.
 
2017-01-10 10:02:20 AM  

bark_atda_moon: It must suck to have to use a flatbed to take your prized car to various car shows.


It's no so bad except for the days when your chauffeur is sick and you have to drive it yourself.
 
2017-01-10 10:19:57 AM  

Primitive Screwhead: Try looking up a working copy of Dark Tower.
/the free phone versions are nice but it's not the same..


Yeah, those are crazy too. But I didn't play Dark tower as a kid, so it doesn't have the same nostalgia appeal.

For me , it was Fireball Island and Torpedo Run when I was younger, Heroquest, Battle Masters, and Omega Virus after that, and then I went into the Games Workshop black hole coontil I finally realized it wasn't worth it a few years back). My Heroquest and Battle Masters stuff is all perfectly fine. I've long since stopped using the original pieces and just started using my own 15mm miniatures and homemade components... just as fun and slightly more flexible.

But I lost Omega Virus sometime in high school. I kinda miss it, and my daughter and her friends would definitely get a laugh out of the taunting computer. So I might pick one up on eBay.
 
2017-01-10 10:40:22 AM  
Sadly, the only one I have is in like-new condition, but it's been opened.
 
2017-01-10 11:08:28 AM  

MindStalker: Banned on the Run: That's a really expensive paperweight.

The same can be said for all unopened collectables.


And any Samsung that got bricked so It wouldn't explode.
 
2017-01-10 11:20:20 AM  

Bullseyed: "Selling for 3,500 to 30,000 on eBay"

Why do these bloggers keep lying? It is LISTED for those prices. Not selling for. Unless they have proof of a closed transaction for 30 grand, this is fake news.


This is how every single sold on eBay story goes. It is rather depressing.
 
2017-01-10 11:33:23 AM  

DarkVader: Sadly, the only one I have is in like-new condition, but it's been opened.


Might still have value as a collectible some day. I wouldn't be a bit shocked if it did. There aren't that many iPhone 1s out there, especially compared to the 3GS and later models.

Same with the Samsung Note 7. If you still have one, keep it and let it get bricked. It will probably be valuable in 40 years or so.

Too bad the original iPhone will never even work as a phone again. They're all locked to AT&T which is (or has already completed) shutting down its 2G GSM/EDGE service. You have to have a 3G phone on AT&T now. I'm sure TMo will follow if they haven't already.
 
2017-01-10 11:40:24 AM  

pdieten: DarkVader: Sadly, the only one I have is in like-new condition, but it's been opened.

Might still have value as a collectible some day. I wouldn't be a bit shocked if it did. There aren't that many iPhone 1s out there, especially compared to the 3GS and later models.

Same with the Samsung Note 7. If you still have one, keep it and let it get bricked. It will probably be valuable in 40 years or so.

Too bad the original iPhone will never even work as a phone again. They're all locked to AT&T which is (or has already completed) shutting down its 2G GSM/EDGE service. You have to have a 3G phone on AT&T now. I'm sure TMo will follow if they haven't already.


Apple sold over 6 million iPhone 1's...there are no doubt at least 600,000 still around.

The question is:  how many iPhone collectors are there?
 
2017-01-10 12:04:00 PM  
It isn't worth a farking dime to me, but if I was rich, I"d buy one, then smash it to pieces in front of crowds of swooning Apple fankids, while laughing wildly and giving them a lecture about worshipping false gods.
 
2017-01-10 12:15:03 PM  
I ordered an original iphone through AT&T.  Before I even had a chance to open the box and use the phone, I also received my first bill for $200.00 + with a due date.  Now, this wasnt a bill for the hardware, it was a bill for usage, before I had even used it. I called customer support, and the said it was a real bill using estimated usage.  That pissed me off, so I went to my AT$T store, returned the phone unopened, and made them confirm the bill was cancelled.  Been android ever since.
 
2017-01-10 12:19:30 PM  
Never underestimate the idiocy of the Extreme Fanboi.
 
2017-01-10 12:24:47 PM  
s2.quickmeme.com
 
2017-01-10 01:08:28 PM  

dhume: It isn't worth a farking dime to me, but if I was rich, I"d buy one, then smash it to pieces in front of crowds of swooning Apple fankids, while laughing wildly and giving them a lecture about worshipping false gods.


As opposed to what true gods?
 
2017-01-10 01:17:36 PM  

TP99: How much for an acceptable condition original iPod Shuffle?


In Philadelphia, it's worth 50 bucks.
 
2017-01-10 01:29:07 PM  

HempHead: pdieten: DarkVader: Sadly, the only one I have is in like-new condition, but it's been opened.

Might still have value as a collectible some day. I wouldn't be a bit shocked if it did. There aren't that many iPhone 1s out there, especially compared to the 3GS and later models.

Same with the Samsung Note 7. If you still have one, keep it and let it get bricked. It will probably be valuable in 40 years or so.

Too bad the original iPhone will never even work as a phone again. They're all locked to AT&T which is (or has already completed) shutting down its 2G GSM/EDGE service. You have to have a 3G phone on AT&T now. I'm sure TMo will follow if they haven't already.

Apple sold over 6 million iPhone 1's...there are no doubt at least 600,000 still around.

The question is:  how many iPhone collectors are there?


We won't know yet. It's only been ten years. There were a lot of Mac 128s made too and look at what those are worth now.
 
2017-01-10 02:02:54 PM  

8 inches: I've been thinking about doing this with a Tesla. Any reason why I shouldn't?


If you could do that with a tesla for fifty years, you'd make millions

/of course, a million dollars will only buy you something for the McD's solent value menu, but hey whatever.
 
2017-01-10 02:32:32 PM  

JerkyMeat: I ordered an original iphone through AT&T.  Before I even had a chance to open the box and use the phone, I also received my first bill for $200.00 + with a due date.  Now, this wasnt a bill for the hardware, it was a bill for usage, before I had even used it. I called customer support, and the said it was a real bill using estimated usage.  That pissed me off, so I went to my AT$T store, returned the phone unopened, and made them confirm the bill was cancelled.  Been android ever since.


I'm not following this. What did it have to do with iPhones? Did they not bill you the same way for an Android phone?
 
2017-01-10 02:56:30 PM  
"If you open it, it's only worth a couple of bucks."

What is it with this magical thinking?  A toy is worth nothing if you can't play with it!
 
2017-01-10 02:56:40 PM  

pdieten: HempHead: pdieten: DarkVader: Sadly, the only one I have is in like-new condition, but it's been opened.

Might still have value as a collectible some day. I wouldn't be a bit shocked if it did. There aren't that many iPhone 1s out there, especially compared to the 3GS and later models.

Same with the Samsung Note 7. If you still have one, keep it and let it get bricked. It will probably be valuable in 40 years or so.

Too bad the original iPhone will never even work as a phone again. They're all locked to AT&T which is (or has already completed) shutting down its 2G GSM/EDGE service. You have to have a 3G phone on AT&T now. I'm sure TMo will follow if they haven't already.

Apple sold over 6 million iPhone 1's...there are no doubt at least 600,000 still around.

The question is:  how many iPhone collectors are there?

We won't know yet. It's only been ten years. There were a lot of Mac 128s made too and look at what those are worth now.


There were only about 70,000 Mac 128's produced, 1% the number of iPhone 1's
 
kab
2017-01-10 03:39:49 PM  
Sort of blows holes in the "things are worth whatever someone is willing to pay" theory.

No, Ester, some folks are just irrational and awful with money.
 
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