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Phones with Flappy Bird installed are now luxury items on eBay

Posted: , by Luis D.

Phones with Flappy Bird installed are now luxury items on eBay

Flappy Bird might be dead in its tracks, but the Internet will make sure it gets the last laugh. Some smartphone owners are looking to capitalize on the rare few who are yet to play the infamous game, but will never be able to (unless they get the free .ipa or .apk file off the web). Flappy Bird-loaded handsets have shown up for sale on eBay, priced as luxury items.

At the time of writing, a 16GB iPhone 5 with Flappy Bird pre-installed, which started at $750, is now worth a mind-boggling $99,000. Unsurprisingly, most of the sum is artificially inflated with old-fashioned exploits, as one can tell by the bid history. Apparently, on the road to madness, someone bid, and later retracted an awe-inspiring $400,000! The once-free Flappy Bird has now become a game not for those from the 1%, but for those from the 0.1%!

Frankly, we aren't sure what else such an obscene amount of cash can get you on eBay. Also, hold on to your seat, because we're only at the tip of this iceberg. Another iPhone, located in Italy, is currently worth an unimaginable $163,428! And another one out there falls just $13,428 short of that sum.

In case you've let go, hang on even tighter. We find an iPhone that's worth $544,758. We'll take two! But no, at this point, the sensible thing to do is to stop and quietly rethink life thorough. Yet, we just had to keep on going. Further down the eBay listings, we discover a wide range of Flappy iPhones worth between $4000 and $70 000 (the $4000 one stands out as a killer deal in these circumstances), before Android phones start showing up, at comparatively modest prices.

A silver 32GB HTC One on Sprint with Flappy Bird installed can be bought for a healthy $4900. A 32GB Nexus 5 with a "genuine copy of Flappy Bird" on-board can be had for $3000 + $45 postage. Same goes for the James Bond-touted Xperia T, although shipping from Croatia will run you only $14. A black 32GB Galaxy Note 3 on Verizon with Flappy Bird will cost $3400, if you buy it now. And a water-resistant Galaxy S4 Active on AT&T is priced in the lower iPhone ballpark, at $4825.

If we thread further down the eBay listings, we'll be caught in an endless loop of phones, over-priced to ensure the Flappy Bird madness won't end anytime soon.

via NeoGAF

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posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:16 9

1. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

I suspect this is a hot item for 40 year old virgins who haven't missed a comic-con convention in the past 20 years.....

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:56 3

14. williamdroid (Posts: 125; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)

LOL thanks for the laugh +1

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 11:07

18. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)

Pot's all up on the kettle again...

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 11:13 5

19. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

Hey, iResent that, I'm not 40yrs old!!

I would like to add, though, this is another legitimately positive affirmation for Android, since it's an "open-source" OS, I just downloaded the APK from Kick@ss Torrents and installed on my Galaxy Note 2; no need to root, jailbreak or iEbay.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 11:16 5

20. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

that's why android rocks :P

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 11:32 1

24. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

Lol!!... And, yes.. That's cool you were able to do that...

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 17:02

33. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 558; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)

This whole thing just reminds me of what Rick Harrison from Pawn Stars would say: "That's what they're asking for it, that's not necessarily what they're selling for".

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:18 3

2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

This is just MADNESS. SERIOUSLY?! Just how stupid can people be? It's a freaking game that isn't even anything special!!! And there are many clones out there WHY WOULD YOU BUY THE GAME FOR 400 000 DOLLARS!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:34 1

9. Finalflash (Posts: 3090; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

They didn't, the bid was retracted, someone probably trolled the guy.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:18 14

3. aranauser (Posts: 58; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)

This is why aliens wont talk to us :-D

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:24 1

5. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)

Tahaha, spot in.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:39 1

12. buccob (Posts: 2566; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I admit I installed the game that night before they took it away...

But how can this get so valuable when you can just extract the .APK file out of your original copy...

I "backed up" just in case...

Though never crossed my mind selling my phone for this ridiculous ammount of money... And the app is not nearly as popular in my country...

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:22 2

4. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

Only on ebay, some people are really being a douchebag

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:24 1

6. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:30 1

7. beedeezy14 (Posts: 15; Member since: 17 Dec 2013)

Wait, soooo Dumb as...I mean potential customers are buying these phones? I wonder what my phone is worth. LOL I only need enough to by my Oppo Find 7! LMAO

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 08:36

38. mrblah (Posts: 576; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)

I wonder what i'd get for my 3gs w Flappy on it?!

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:33 6

8. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

If you have the superior android just install the APK which you can find online and it will be there forever.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:40 2

13. av911 (Posts: 190; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

Exactly. I downloaded the APK before is was taken off.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 11:23 4

23. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)

Haha, if you have an iphone you can install the .ipa file

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:34 2

10. darkskoliro (Posts: 1076; Member since: 07 May 2012)

So...is my phone worth heaps now? ._.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:57 2

15. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1717; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Yes, your phone has gone up 10000% in value just for having Flappy Bird installed :P

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:38 1

11. PorkyBurger (Posts: 585; Member since: 18 May 2013)

YES, I can sell my luxury Flapp'd Galaxy Ace 2. I am going to be rich. 99$ RICH. YES~! I knew this day woud come

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:58 1

16. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1717; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Haha, remember when Twinkies were gone? It will come back, this guy would be crazy not to or even sell it if this s**t is happening

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 11:01 1

17. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

wow, i kind of want to get in on this.

i'm sure some rich bloke would jump on my perfect condition 64GB iPhone 5S with the game on it.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 11:19 1

21. ChafedBanana (Posts: 381; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

None of those prices are bids. They're mostly buy it now. Very few are auctions.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 11:19 1

22. osanilevich (Posts: 284; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)

Doesn't the Iphone have anything similar to APKs where you can just grab the file and download?

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 11:57 1

25. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)

I can't even...

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 12:30

26. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

Waaaiiit..so I installed this game on my Note 3 , the day I heard it will be taken down from the store.
And I still have it .


posted on 10 Feb 2014, 12:31 2

27. domfonusr (Posts: 384; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)

How do we, as a society, get to be so childish with such large sums of money?

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 12:37 1

28. ckoch125 (Posts: 192; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

haha wow what a bunch of idiots.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 13:36

29. KingDingaLing (Posts: 324; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)

Who wants to buy an iPad 2 with Flappy Birds installed? Cmon, I'll give you a great deal. Only $5k for a limited time. I'll even throw in a sweet case, a charger, and a bag of Skittles.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 13:55 1

30. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 474; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)

Looks like you can't "delete" it now >:)

Unless you have Android of course.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 16:18

31. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1178; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

too bad iphone doesn't have apk deb or armv7l

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 16:53

32. GeekMovement (Posts: 2156; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)

Uhh........................ LOL.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 18:59

34. BREvenson (Posts: 240; Member since: 17 May 2012)

I'd bet you could find the apk of this online somewhere, unless the developer has had all sources of the game pulled. Plenty of excitable people who feel that they'll NEVER, EVER get to play this game again unless they pay a ridiculous price for a phone they might not even want because it has that game on it. It could be a Backflip or ChaCha with the game on it, and it could still probably go for four figures on eBay.

Then again, I never played the game. Not a big concern on my part, though.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 20:48

35. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2275; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

Lol , wow,, what moron would bet on that?

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 20:51

36. philipjfry (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

Why is this a story. Just because a price tag of $1,000+ doesn't mean it's a hot item when nobody is buying.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 22:07

37. BigBoss10 (Posts: 273; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)


posted on 04 Apr 2014, 22:39

39. joseph5452 (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)

Well I might just have to sell my HTC one because it has it installed

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 20:41

40. Gurdburd (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Feb 2016)

Stupid people...of course, we ALL know you can get the apk/ipa file and easily download Flappy Bird without jailbreak or root from free app websites like Hipstore...however, you need a genuine copy from Apple/Google Play App Store to sell/auction. You might ask "How do the rich f**kers find out if it is genuine or not? There are a lot of ways, like GUI scanning, app code, and some professional the rich guy hired. So, unless you want to be testified in court, you better not put up a cheap, old, and very used 16GB phone with Flappy Bird installed from the internet on eBay for more than $350. However, if it was downloaded from an App Store verified by a company(Google, Apple, etc.)a while ago before it was removed, you might be able to get big bucks.

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