Apple HomePod with 1-year warranty drops to $219 in new eBay deal

Apple HomePod with 1-year warranty drops to $219 in new eBay deal
Apple had little choice but to permanently reduce the retail price of the HomePod a couple of months ago after claiming a microscopic share of the booming smart speaker market, but just like we told you back then, better deals are often available at third-party sellers.

While major retailers like Best Buy continue to charge $299.99 for the Siri-controlled device, Quick Ship Electronics on eBay has the bad boy listed at $219 in both space gray and white paint jobs at the time of this writing. Although these are not sealed units sold in their untouched original packaging, the 99.8 percent positively rated seller does throw in its own 1-year warranty.

That means you're looking at 100 percent functional HomePods you'll probably not be able to distinguish from brand-new units. In fact, these may have never been used for more than a few days by their original owners who returned them for some reason. The "open box" devices will be shipped for free nationwide along with all their original accessories and standard retail packaging that may however be "slightly distressed."

At $219, the HomePod on sale today is significantly cheaper than a similarly "premium" Google Home Max, letting you control everything from music streaming in your house to various smart home accessories, as well as send messages, set timers for different tasks, check your calendar, and get the latest news and weather reports, all with just your voice. 

Granted, Siri doesn't seem to know as much stuff as Google Assistant, and Apple has been late to adopt many features that are standard on other smart speakers. But if you own an iPhone, the HomePod is definitely worth buying. Especially at a nice $80 discount compared to the already reduced price of $300.

Check out the deal here



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3 Comments

1. almostdone

Posts: 448; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Still too high. $149 is about right.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The HomePod still fails on a number of areas. Especially when it comes to development. Apple still only has 12 domains or categories where your SiriKit intents can fit under, or Apple supports. Apple only added two more new domains to SiriKit since WWDC. Which means Siri still sucks. The competition have no such restrictions, and allow developers to create any voice app they want. They even allow developers to create voice apps with visual integrations as well. Ultimately this also means you still cannot make any standalone voice apps for Apples one and only HomePod. The HomePod is lame, especially when compared to the competition.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I should have added that the competition smart displays are now fulfilling the roles of many smart speaker's, especially since smart displays can do everything that a smart speaker can do, only they can do a lot more, because the run all the developers existing voice apps, and they also include a touch screen interface.

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