Jailbroken Apple TV sells for tonnes more

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Mildredop, Jan 30, 2015.

  1. Mildredop macrumors 68020

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    I'm about to put my old 40GB Apple TV on eBay. It appears to be worth around £50, but jailbroken ones seem to go for £250-300.

    What's the deal?! Why are jailbroken ones so much more value. Should I jailbreak mine before sale?
     
  2. dgalvan123 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, you should jailbreak. And sell. You will come out way ahead.

    There is a community of people out there who will pay top $ for a jailbroken Apple TV because jail breaking allows them to install other apps on it like XBMC which open up lots of possibilities. Also, your original-style Apple TV has built-in storage, which hobbyists like.

    Personally, I have sold a jailbroken Apple TV 2 (no storage) for $270 on ebay. Keep in mind I originally purchased that Apple TV 2 refurbished from Apple.com for $92 ($85 + tax). So selling it net me a profit of $178. Well more than needed to cover the cost of the Apple TV3 I replaced it with, which you can get for $75 refurbished from Apple. Because of that one sale the three Apple TV units I have purchased (one of which was the one I sold) over the past 5 years have been almost free. (paid a total of $108 and $92 for two ATV2's, then paid $82 for an Apple TV 3, total outlay: $282. Then sold that one ATV2 for $270. So my net outlay for using three different ATV's over a period of 5 years has been $12.)

    These days the jailbroken Apple TV2 goes for ~$150 (rarely above $200) on ebay. Note that the Apple TV 3 (Current model) cannot be jailbroken.
     
  3. Mildredop thread starter macrumors 68020

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    So why would someone pay £200 more to buy a jailbroken one rather than just jailbreaking it themself? (I've never jailbroken or even looked into how to do it).
     
  4. StinDaWg macrumors 6502

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    Paying $250 for a jailbroken apple tv is insane. You could build a capable Windows pc for that much.
     
  5. roidy macrumors 6502a

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    If it's a 40gb model then it's a first generation aTV... even jailbroken they go for no where near that much on ebay, I found one that went for £170 and the rest went for about £80 to £110.

    Now if it was a jailbroken aTV 2 then you've hit the jackpot, they do go for silly money :)
     
  6. Mildredop thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Oh, right. That's maybe where I'm getting confused.
     
  7. VoR macrumors 6502a

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    xbmc are dropping support for atv2 soon.
    There's infinitely better hardware for much less money so if you can sell at a large profit, better to do it soon!
     
  8. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    Last time I checked, ATV2s that were jailbroken were going for about $100-$150 or so. The price seemed to drop from what they were previously at about $200-$250.
     
  9. ixxx69 macrumors 6502a

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    When I got my ATV3, shortly after its release, I shipped my ATV2 to friends (who don't know that jailbreaking even exists), not realizing that it was a hot commodity. If I'd know, I would have done the jailbreaking thing and sale on ebay, bought them a brand new ATV3, and pocketed the extra $100 or so. :mad:

    After reading about it, I told another friend who had an ATV2 about it, and he did do the jailbreaking/ebay thing, and got a couple hundred bucks for it. I kind of had my doubts, but it's for real - people do buy them for that kind of money. I do sometimes wonder if those people buying them have any regrets after a few months. It seems like there are better devices out there for XMBC, etc.
     
  10. VoR macrumors 6502a

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    I wonder if there's a high traffic blog site or something because it really does beggar belief.
    There's always been much better (performance, cost, no messing about, etc) solutions and now, you'd be crazy to even consider getting one over the multitude of alternatives.
     
  11. mellofello macrumors 65816

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    I could almost understand it 5 years ago, but now why not just get a chrome cast or Roku?
     
  12. Ryanhdd macrumors regular

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    agreed I like my rook 3 much better than my apple tv 2 and 3.

    its just a better user experience. I don't understand why apple has waited soon long to open up the iTunes store and 3rd party apps for apple tv. I guess they are waiting for the home kit stuff. They are behind the times on the apple tv.
     
  13. Quirinus macrumors member

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    Just sold my ATV2 on ebay for 150, bought me a new ATV3 for 99. Since i started using Netflix i have no use for the jailbroken ATV. I can still airplay other stuff if needed.
     
  14. roidy macrumors 6502a

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    Sure, maybe in your US dollars... but the OP is talking UK pounds and on ebay UK some jailbroken aTV 2's are still going for between £200-250, that's about $300+.
     
  15. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Ever since the Amazon FireTV came out the demand for jailbroken ATVs relaxed a bit.
     

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