Gold digging - is sale of account doable?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by AppleInLVX, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. AppleInLVX macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2010
    Hey there. Question for you all.

    I have one of the earliest mobileme accounts, and therefore one of the easiest email addresses. That said, I am thinking of letting MobileMe go at the end of my current subscription. I find the only thing I use it for can be got elsewhere for far cheaper.

    What I was wondering is if there's a market for people selling their enviable MobileMe accounts, and if it's even legal to do so?
  2. Macsterguy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2007
    I have a number of email addresses but I certainty wouldn't pay for the letters "mac"...
  3. AppleInLVX thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2010
    The letters are my initials. I know that when I originally signed up, there were a number of people vying for that name. I wondered if, assuming for the moment that anyone would even want it, there was a way to profit. If not, I assume it just lapses and someone else picks it up, which is fine.

    I just wanted to seize an opportunity if it does indeed exist.
  4. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    Usernames, once used, aren't recycled like phone numbers. Once taken, they're not made available again by pretty much any provider I'm aware of.
  5. slpdLoad macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2009
    It won't lapse and be available at any point in the future. It's yours.

    I'm sure somebody would be willing to buy it, but it wouldn't be through any official channels.

    I would never trust anyone enough to buy or sell something like that. It's not like a phone number where you can officially get it changed over. You're giving someone else your email password. Friends, family, bills, etc that send to that email address are now fair game to the person you sell to. Just something to think about.
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Agreed, Apple doesn't reuse email addresses. They're tied to too many things that could really cause headaches. Apple's support forum, itunes, are just two examples.

    Given the the fact that you can register your own domain, a short email address isn't in too much demand at this stage.

    I also have been an .mac user since day one (back when it was called iTools), though I will renew as the work to change my email addresses eclipses the cost savings.
  7. AppleInLVX thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2010
    Well, none of my 'important' mail comes to the mobileme email, so it wouldn't be an issue. However, I had no idea that Apple didn't reuse emails. It does make sense, now that I think about it.

    I wonder if they'd give me my account back if I left for 3 years? ;)

    Thank you all for your feedback. That was really helpful. :)

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