Old Apple products can fetch thousands on eBay

APPLE products rarely increase in value over time, but a select few antiques go by the thousands on eBay.

Apple has grown into a $2.2 trillion tech giant – the second most valuable company in the world and one place ahead of Microsoft.

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Steve Jobs has always introduced new products for the first time during famous company conferencesCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Under Steve Jobs’ leadership and even after his death, Apple reached billions of people, produced featured ads and reinvented retail stores – all while standing alone at the forefront of personal use technology.

With the growth of Apple, the appetite of consumers to buy new gadgets has grown along with it.

Families all over the world have accumulated years of Apple technology that begins to become obsolete as soon as it hits the shelves.

But some rare editions and well-preserved products make a small fortune on eBay – find out if you’re sitting in an Apple-coated gold mine.

The first generation of iPod

Apple priced the iPod at $399

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Apple priced the iPod at $399Credit: Apple
Apple founder Steve Jobs with an iPod

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Apple founder Steve Jobs with an iPodCredit: Reuters

When the iPod was first released, it was an instant success – it became a window into someone’s personality.

In Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs, he explained that the release of the device made everyone ask each other “What’s on your iPod?” – Even President George W. Bush was asked by a reporter about his tunes at the height of the iPod mania.

A factory sealed first generation iPod is listed on eBay for $23,000—while an untouched first generation iPod might be a truly rare find, one device can fetch you $1,500 on Etsy.

Macintosh 128 K

Steve Jobs personally oversaw Apple's original Macintosh division

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Steve Jobs personally oversaw Apple’s original Macintosh divisionCredit: Wikipedia

The original Macintosh computer was a feat of design, engineering, and marketing excellence around a single product.

The initial price was set at $2,495, and Apple sold 70,000 units in its first 100 days.

A lightly damaged Macintosh can be had on eBay for $499.99 — but an expert told CNBC News that other units are worth between $1,500 and $2,000.

iBook G3

iBook G3 was released in 1999 and discontinued in 2001

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iBook G3 was released in 1999 and discontinued in 2001Credit: Apple

The iBook feels heavy by today’s standards, but its modified clamshell design and color options were cutting edge at the time.

It was the first laptop to use wi-fi and truly portable computing.

The iBook goes for a range of prices on eBay, most clustering around $200—but one seller with a bunch of iBooks orders $1,300 for one of their units.

The first generation of iPad

The first iPad was a breakthrough in tablet technology

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The first iPad was a breakthrough in tablet technologyCredit: Apple

The iPad was released in 2010 with a marketing campaign pushing the product.

An episode of Modern Family, the highest-rated sitcom that year, centered entirely around the iPad—the episode was dubbed “Game Changer.”

The iPad line is still up and running today, which hurts the appreciation of earlier designs — a first-generation iPad in good working order can fetch you about $55 on eBay.

The first generation of iPod Shuffle

The iPod Shuffle line discontinued in 2017

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The iPod Shuffle line discontinued in 2017Credit: Apple

The engineers working on the iPod Shuffle were working on making the screen smaller and smaller—until Jobs recommended getting rid of the screen altogether.

Jobs saw that people were supervising their own music libraries — whatever happened, they chose to put it on the device and listen to it.

Selling your first generation Shuffle won’t make you rich—one eBay listing was priced at just $13.

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Products in mint condition will always outperform second-hand hardware – which is a good reason to buy a random Apple product, never open it, and hope it will go up in price as an antique years from now.

If you have any old Apple technology and intent to sell it, be sure to check out the market – you don’t want to sell an important piece of Apple history.

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