Apple iPhone 5s box and accessories up for bid on eBay, phone not included

Apple iPhone 5s box and accessories up for bid on eBay, phone not included
Here's a story to chew on this weekend. Someone has put up on eBay the 16GB Gold Apple iPhone 5s box and accessories, and the current bid is $227.50. Did we forget something, like oh, the phone? Nope. The price includes only the box and the accessories that come with it like the ear buds and charger. It's all very strange considering that if you sign a two-year contract with a carrier, you can pick up the phone for $199.99.

So far, there have been 14 bids placed on the box and accessories, starting with one for $79.99. The auction ends on Sunday night which means that there is still time for many more bids to come in. But keep in mind that this doesn't add up. The ear buds will cost you $29 from Apple, and the Lightning charging cable shouldn't be more than about $30.

If for some reason you feel like shelling out a ridiculous amount of money for a box, ear buds, a charger, and some printed material, go right ahead. But we think that the majority of our readers would actually prefer to find a phone in the box.


Thanks Anonymous Tipster!

source: eBay

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74 Comments

1. wilsong17 unregistered

sheep

16. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

this is what you call ebay is fake sellers. they make many accounts bid on there own items to raise the price and at the end if they don't get a good bid they just cancel it.

52. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

LMFAO what a idiot. They only pay for a very expensive BOX. I never buy anything from ebay.

55. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Shills. This is what's wrong with Ebay today. Plus they hose all their legit sellers these days. Why Ebay has no legitimate competition to this day shocks me.

2. Ralston1983

Posts: 71; Member since: Feb 03, 2011

My boss did that with the iphone 4. At the bottom of the listing, in bold print he listed auction is for box only. Someone paid $500 for it.

4. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Seriously? Someone was dumb enough to pay 500 for a box when you could almost pay that for the actual phone itself? Wow.

31. taikucing unregistered

sh33p

8. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

He's just another a-hole exploiting the system. Dumb and desperate people falling for it are everywhere, though.

36. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

The question isn't about the character of the seller, it's now how dumb or desperate the buyer is?

63. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

It embraces both.

11. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What a douche.

14. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Why, because he accepted money from someone else's stupidity? People don't learn if you don't make them pay for their mistakes. He made it a point to say specifically it didn't include the phone. So if you can't understand that you aren't getting a phone with your purchase then you don't need a checking account.

32. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Good to see you're supporting low lives rights to fleece the gullible. Reminds me of an ebay action for firewood, with a picture of a pile of firewood. When the winning bider turns up for their firewood the seller asks how many pieces they'd like, hey what I thought it was for the pile. No, one piece only, what a low life. True story happened to a friends 17 year old daughter.

53. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

There is no "fleecing" here. IT EXPLICITLY SAYS "DOES NOT COME WITH PHONE". If you can't take five seconds to pay attn to what you are buying, you don't need to be in charge of money.

46. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Why a douche? It says NO PHONE!

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31308; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hmmm, your story fishy at best. IJS

38. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

dj, you ever heard of people selling their kidney, their children for any other gadgets. Only Apple fan does such things and that's a fact. Samsung has been interviewing Apple fans in the queue to learn its secret and i hope they don't succeed. Moderation is key to one's metal health.

47. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

clearly your samsung love needs one too. Apple fans get reported coz the brands big in gadgets and still holds the premium tag. Samsung is dollar store stuff dude. (Talking about their phones only not TV, gotta love their TVs)

49. darkkjedii

Posts: 31308; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said raw! He's not realizing that. +1. Android/Samsung is great and all, but apple still, is that one brand that commands attention. Not fanboying either, just stating a fact

50. darkkjedii

Posts: 31308; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

"Only Apple fan does such things and that's a fact. Samsung has been interviewing Apple fans in the queue to learn its secret and i hope they don't succeed." What does this mean exactly? To me it means you're way too caught up in this apple/Samsung game, to the point where it's unhealthy. Samsung/apple makes billions while we argue on PA, to these companies we are nameless/faceless $ signs. I DO NOT care about that box, or who buys it. I'm a techie that's loyal to my wants and what I can afford and what I like. IDGAF what other "apple fans" do, their business, their money dude.

60. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

true story. These droid fans take every apple owner as dumb whereas they are the first ones to hog on everything apple. Too much apple, oranges anyone? jk

65. darkkjedii

Posts: 31308; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly, thinking every apple user is some dummy actually reflects the one thinking that. Constantly jumping on every single apple article to start trouble, is pretty dumb in my book. Regardless to what these zomdroids say, I you and everyone who likes apples great products will continue to use em. BTW I just got back from bestbuy, had to trade in my 32 gig mini 2, not enough storage for all my stuff. Now I'm rocking a white 64.

3. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Hope shipping is at least free. Idiots.

13. LordCaedus

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

Not even. If you click on the image it is $9.89 for shipping.

62. neurobiologist

Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

for sheeрing

5. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

It's just someone trying to get a quick buck by probably deceiving some in the process. It's obvious since he posted the phone's 16GB, the color and the carrier - totally unnecessary. It's not like the accessories inside the iPhone box differ between model size and/or color... What an a-hole. Problem is, people are still willing to pay ludicrous prices, knowing or not knowing about the scam, but I feel sorry about those getting scammed for real. Things like this make me feel so misanthropic.

7. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I disagree, if you can slow down and read the ad, which specifically said "Not the phone", then you deserve to be "deceived". That's like all these people that think they are getting an outstanding deal for an "iPad" for 50 dollars only to find out it is a piece of glass, or box of bricks. Your an idiot for not looking at it before giving your money away.

9. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

You're* So, according to you, it's completely OK to exploit a system that allows you to literally scam people just because they are "idiots for not reading." Better yet, it's completely legal and they can't do crap about it since somewhere in the description/title you wrote the special disclaimer. I'm sorry, but even though they remain being idiots for not reading stuff thoroughly, you are still an a-hole for baiting them in.

12. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Excuse me grammar police. This person isn't exploiting the system. People are just stupid. If you can't take the time to read, you deserve to get burnt. It will teach you to pay attention next time before hitting the "bid" button. You shouldn't be pissed at this person for accepting 300 dollars that someone was dumb enough to bid. You should be pissed that society isn't smart enough to *pay attention* to what they are wasting their money on.

17. willard12 unregistered

You've got to see the irony and hypocrisy of someone not knowing the difference between "your" and "you're" saying that people are idiots and they should pay attention. There are people who take advantage of people's carelessness everyday. Old ladies get swindled out of their social security checks daily. Just because something can be done doesn't make it right.

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