November 28, 2003

iPod Wrap-up

Here's the history. I decided it was time for another round of the great Ebay game. My target was an Apple iPod for $50 or less. My first partial win was a unit with a rusted firewire port for $25. I cleaned up the rust but couldn't get it working. So I put it back up for sale on Ebay and it went for $71. I added the $40 profit to my original budget and wet back to Ebay to play for an iPod for $90 or less. The next round netted me another malfunctioning device for $86. this iPod suffered from either a software crisis or a dead hard drive. If it was software I could fix it a dead hard drive would mean trying to buy another one and swap out parts. But I don't really want an iPod that badly. So I put this one back on Ebay and it just sold for $76. My Ebay/iPod game is now officially over. I have played the game before and won, this time I played the game and lost. It should be noted though that in losing - not getting a working iPod within my limit - I still managed to come out $30 ahead.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at 06:56 AM | Comments (6) | Add Comment

1 That probably comes out to about $1/hour. Although I'm sure you had some fun with it.

Posted by: Rocket Man at January 23, 2004 03:25 PM (CSxVi)

2 It is much less about the object than the process - so yes, it was worth it.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at January 23, 2004 03:26 PM (CSxVi)

3 You are starting to scare me... I thought I was the only one who played this game. I got an Olympus D40 back when they were 500 for 350. It took a month but it was fun.

I just got a server with 4 processors and a 9 hard drive RAID array for $307 including freight. That would be about 3200 news. That was another month.

Posted by: Paul at January 23, 2004 03:26 PM (CSxVi)

4 Paul,

As long as you never forget that the game is fundamentally more important than the prize, there is no reason to be afraid!

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at January 23, 2004 03:27 PM (CSxVi)

5 I hope your buyers were aware that the iPod was malfunctioning. No judgement here--I've just been burned on eBay before due to the seller not informing me of a malfunction.

Posted by: H.J. Johnson at January 23, 2004 03:28 PM (CSxVi)

6 In both cases I was completely up front about the state of the items. If you follow through all of the links in this post you will see that I do Ebay for fun - not profit. There would be no fun in cheating someone.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at January 23, 2004 03:28 PM (CSxVi)

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