What's the deal with eBay iPhones?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by email68, Jan 13, 2008.

  1. email68 macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2007
    Any idea why sellers are listing brand new unopened 1.1.2 iPhones for more than the Apple Store?

    Why would anyone buy these?

    I could see if it was an older model that could be software unlocked but these are not.
  2. bigandtasty macrumors 6502


    Dec 26, 2006
    Because people in China and Japan are buying them up :)
  3. anthonymoody macrumors 68020

    Aug 8, 2002
    Many of them are being sold along with a turboSIM (or similar) which supposedly works as a hardware unlock, at least for 1.1.2 OOB.
  4. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Well due to the high ebay and paypal fees (about 7% for something in the price range of iPhone), it's just simply not possible to sell a brand new item for the same price as retail. Thus to break even the seller need to add at least 7% to the retail price...
  5. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    And possibly elsewhere where iPhones are not yet or won't be sold. My own relatives asked my father to bring an iPhone back to Taiwan on his latest trip out there.
  6. Vasileios macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2005
    No iPhone in Greece

    ...cause there are hundreds of countries where you can't buy an iPhone from Apple stores. I live in Greece and we don't even have an Apple store!!!

    So everybody is buying from eBay...

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