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.