Boxed HTC One (2014) unit hits eBay, is quickly sold for $499.99

As we guessed earlier today, we are back with yet another HTC One (M8)-related leak before the day is even out. This time around, some sneaky person has apparently, somehow, managed to get his hands on a Verizon-branded, fully-boxed HTC M8 and has already managed to sell it on eBay after a short bidding exchange that saw the price shoot up from the initial asking price of $199 all the way up to $499.99...
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90 Comments

13. bigv6691

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

How is this phone leaked so bad? Is HTCs security just this terribe?

20. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

No..this is intentional...htc's marketing strategy

35. geordie8t1 unregistered

yeah i also believe it was a marketing ploy, as with all the "leaks", it was no secret that the original One was a failure in terms of marketing, everyone knew samsung and apple but not so many people knew about the HTC One, and from the very first announcement it was plagued by lack of marketing, lack of components, patent issues, low quality camera, no micro sd slot big phone for size compared to S4, all of these issues appear to be addressed, leaks equal marketing equals interest, i expect this phone to do substantially better then its predecessor simply because of the above issues addressed :-)

38. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

this is not a marketing ploy just a handful of irresponsible employees and partners who've had access to the device early because the phone will be available right after the announcement

24. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Main reasoning is that there might be real penalties if you break Samsung and Apple NDAs. They can give you very little stock or even sue you. With HTC, these companies don't care if they get minimal HTC stock and they are already giving so much money to Sony, Samsung, Nokia, and Apple that they can't afford to pay the legal fees to sue you. Haha

62. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

dude, you are so f****** lame.....

18. HASHTAG unregistered

Lucky buyer.

21. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

That price wow...

22. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol still using the left over DDR2 ram they had from the low HTC One demand. Oh HTC, you just surprise me with your crappiness more and more each day.

36. 7Superman9

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Other than benchmarks, the end user will not see a difference in the DDR2 and DDR3. Second, considering how clean sense is compared to touchwiz, u really do see anyone noticing. If you go by the leaked benchmarks for both the S5 and the All new One, the One is faster. Which makes that a none argument. Continue to troll though, we all need something to laugh at.

45. limporgyuk

Posts: 356; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Well said, there are some drongo's around, hopefully he's learnt the error of his ways

48. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Hey HTCtard he didn't say anything about Samsung.

49. limporgyuk

Posts: 356; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

No but Samsung uses DDR3, he was using it as an example fool

59. 7Superman9

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Continue trolling fool. The remark was made as a point but it suited my needs seeing as how I was referring to a troll to begin with.

54. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Hey if you want a company to rip you off then by all means. If you charge DDR3 prices then you should include regardless of how undemanding or non versatile your software is. If you are charging flagship prices, then I expect flagship performance AND parts. The last thing we need is another Apple overpricing things just because some loser on phonearena thinks that the end user won't notice. If you put after market parts in my new car I won't notice but that doesn't make it right or acceptable....

60. 7Superman9

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Same could be said about most manufactures build components. If it increases battery life, then that's what Samsung needs. Seeing as how even with a larger battery and DDR3, the Ones battery lasted longer. Weak argument, try again.

67. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Nothing weak about my argument. If you want crap parts in your phone and the only thing that matters to you is stock software, then by all means. I want better parts so my custom ROMs can run better than they would on the HTC One.

75. techaman unregistered

Hey stupid what do u think Samsung just did with the gs5 2gig ram and no 64bit if u want to troll go on there page

82. limporgyuk

Posts: 356; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

I would say a lot of the expense in the HTC One is from machining that aluminium plate for hours - let me tell you its definitely worth it. I think the RAM cost makes up a tiny amount of the BOM. Samsung products look and feel cheap - not what I want from a 'premium' phone.

58. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

So are you saying Samsung has the right to strip the specs of the gpe of the GS5 because it is fast? Sure why not. Put ddr2 ram and a slower sd801 because the software is fast.... The end user won't notice right...

66. 7Superman9

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

I'm sorry, did I miss something??? Htc didn't use DDR3. If they had, then your argument would be valid. So, if they had downgraded their components, you would be correct. Thought I would say that two different ways, hopefully that helps you and the other trolls understand.

68. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

My argument is valid because you said ddr2 ram was fine because of HTC software. So therefore, according to your retard logic, ddr2 ram would be fine for the gpe edition gs5 because of software. So are you backtracking your argument to mean that ddr2 ram is fine as long as you never used ddr3 ram before? How is that more valid? That just sounds stupid like your logic.

70. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The S5 only has 2GB of RAM, where others this year are using 3GB, so are they putting out a crap product because others are using better specs? They were the first to come out with 3GB or RAM in a phone, why aren't they upping the RAM as others have done?

78. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Yes the GS5 was pretty disappointing all around but it is at least more reasonable than the crap HTC is putting out.

69. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So you've said before you like Apple devices, and they have the highest profit margin of any manufacturer. How do you think they do that? Anyway you look at it, it means they're charging more over the device costs than anyone else. Now HTC doesn't have anywhere near the profit margins that Apple does, and they keep the costs down by using components that aren't bleeding edge, but still give good performance. What are the differences in performance we're talking about here? If we're talking milliseconds, is it really that big a deal? Even a second or two, is that going to ruin your whole day? I'd prefer a company with a lower profit margin but with similar performance. It's the same as what Motorola has done. Their phones of last year were said to have specs form the previous year, yet in day to day use, they were in the top 5 in terms of performance. If they can do that with so called outdated specs, what are the others doing wrong? Personally, I'd rather line a company's pockets less and and the same or near the same performance, rather than ensure that a company's higher ups make more money for essentially overcharging me. So are you ok with being overcharged as longs as they have the specs you want?

71. 7Superman9

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Couldn't have said it better myself. Unfortunately you cannot reason with ignorant trolls, even if reviews and real world usage prove it. They keep wanting to talk specs and how horrible htc is. When their preferred manufacturer uses those higher specs and still ranks lower. If course, that's what a troll is. Taters and shatter, keep trolling. At this rate only a fool would validate your view.

79. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Its about peace of mind that you have the top of the line internals. It will also ensure that any Google edition phone will be superior in performance to the HTC One gpe edition. The second half of your paragraph makes no sense. You are not getting overcharged because you have great specs. All flagships cost relatively the same. So if you are going to be paying $649 for a phone, it better have ddr3 ram and not ddr2 ram just because your software is light. The only way you are overcharged is if you buy HTC and their skimping on ram and battery. Apple is even worse. If their are companies willing to give you great performance and great specs, why would you buy great performance with crap specs?

80. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

No, apparently you didn't understand it. Profit margin is the amount of money they make after their overhead (materials, assembly labor, maybe r&d). Apple, who you apparently think is a good OEM has the highest profit margin of any mobile device manufacturer. That means if they had the same profit margin as other OEMS, their device would cost significantly less. Are you getting this so far? That means that they are charging more for what you getting vs other manufacturers. Does what I have explained make sense to you or not? This is why I always smh when Apple fanboys cheer that Apple has the highest profit margin. It's like saying "Yay! I paid more than I needed to for what I got!" That's cheering that a company is making more profit off of it's customers than other companies. I'm not talking total sales or anything of the kind. The profit margin is the average money after expenses per device. The cost of better or worse components is out of the picture at that point, this is the money made after them, after assembly costs, etc, the free and clear money per device. Now there are only a few ways to increase profit margin. Lesser grade components, pay less for assembly, pay less for advertising, or cut r&d costs. Which do you think they have cut for such a high margin?

84. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

You really are a dumb ass aren't you? Where did I say Apple was a good oem? Go read my replies again. Nowhere did I say Apple was a good oem. I DID say that if HTC charged based on performance alone and skimped on specs, THEN HTC would be just another Apple. Overcharging you based on non versatile light software that skimps on specs. The only two companies severely overcharging hear are Apple and HTC. And no them having no profit margins is not an excuse to skimp on parts. In fact, that is exactly why they suck. Skimping on parts and quality control. If you have to compete on value, lose some money to do it like Samsung, LG, and Sony does. You don't see LG skimping on ddr3 ram because of poor profit margins. HTC has no business doing it period.

88. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I'm referring to the last time we argued, and you were saying how much had luck you've had with HTC, but that you've never had a problem with Samsung or Apple devices. So if you're using them as a contrast to HTC, you must think they're OK then correct? You've had problems with HTC, I and my family have had problems with Samsung, as I said in the last article we posted on. The difference is I don't go around and say all Samsung devices are sh*t and I hope they go out of business. Because I understand that my experience isn't the same as everyone else's, something you can't seem to fathom.
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