Undoubtedly, many people are willing to shell out top dollar in the interest of nostalgia.
While original Apple I computers are nearly impossible to come by, avid users can still make a pretty penny if they happen to have a drawer somewhere filled with old iPods. Since Apple first entered the music player business nearly 15 years ago, the company has churned out about 25 different iPod models. And if a person happen to have a few old iPods lying around, they might want to see if they're worth anything.
According to a new report from The Guardian, old iPods are joining the ranks of baseball cards insofar that they're fast becoming pricey collectibles on eBay.
"A factory-sealed third-generation iPod shuffle? US$ 999.95. Mint condition fifth-generation iPod classic, in white? US$ 1,394.99. A silver first-generation iPod mini? For US$ 2,499.99.Now that's not to say that sellers are actually getting full-ask on said iPod models, but if they have any iPod models from 2001-2004 tucked away somewhere, they might want to hop on eBay and see what they can get for it.
But these are on the low end of the price scale. If you have a special edition, especially if it’s still in its original packaging, you could be looking at much more: Apple's fourth-generation red-and-black special edition released in partnership with the band U2 are trading for around US$ 7,000, used.
And that’s before you get to the real collectors’ items. A first generation iPod classic – "battery is really good for its age" – is on sale priced at US$ 9,999.99. A second-generation, still-boxed iPod classic – that’s the last version that had the moving wheel – is currently listed for an extraordinary US$ 19,999.99."
Interestingly, Apple's original Bondi Blue iMac, originally released in 1998, can be had for as little as US$ 50 on eBay.