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Apple Fanatic 'Wins' eBay Auction for Unlocked Gold iPhone 5S by Bidding $10,100

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News Posted: Wed, Sep 25 2013 10:18 AM
Even after listing fees and various commissions are factored in, eBay user "papakar" just scored a big payday, assuming the buyer of his unlocked Gold iPhone 5S 16GB ponies up the cash. The winning bid came out to $10,000 plus an additional $44.95 for one-day shipping (seems like at that price, the seller could foot the bill for shipping, but whatever). Why so much?

One explanation is that the winner bidder is full of bologna. However, out of the 51 bids the seller received, the winning bidder is one of just a few with feedback well above zero. The winning bidder, shown only as "y***9" to protect his identity, has a feedback score of 226, which seemingly indicates he's not a new account holder trying to muck up an auction.

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On the other hand, it's possible the winning bidder's account was hacked, and the $10,100 bid will amount to little more than shenanigans. That would be unfortunate for the seller.

Another explanation for the obscenely high bid is because, as the seller points out, this is a "VERY HARD TO FIND" phone. It's factory unlocked, and if you were to purchase a contract-free Gold iPhone 5S 16GB on Apple's website (for use with T-Mobile), it wouldn't ship until next month. It would also cost significantly less at $649.
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RWilliams replied on Wed, Sep 25 2013 11:24 AM

Despite the seller having a good number of transactions behind their belt, I just don't buy auctions like these. We always hear about simple things being sold for outrageous amounts on eBay, but it's a rare day when it's actually confirmed by the seller after-the-fact that the payment was made.

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Johnny3D replied on Wed, Sep 25 2013 11:42 AM

$649 being the standard price for this model of iPhone seems pretty much as ridiculous to me as someone paying $10.1k for one.

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lol das gehäuse galvanisch vergolden lassen kostet vieleicht 100€ und am ende kommt auch sowas raus ;)

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And this was for a 16GB model. imagine what he could have gotten for the 64 GM model.

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mhenriday replied on Thu, Sep 26 2013 9:10 AM

But it certainly gave Apple a great deal of free publicity - does that start any bells ringing anywhere ?...

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avnish replied on Thu, Oct 3 2013 7:24 AM

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