I’m a big fan of Apple products (although I don’t carry an iPhone), and one gadget that my family has grown to love is the Apple TV. A little while ago, we decided to cut the cable cord, and give only streaming media a try. We still had access to the local TV stations, but for the most part we used the Apple TV as our main source of TV entertainment. Although we have moved back to a basic cable service, we still enjoy the Apple TV. I bought my Apple TV about a year and a half ago, right when the 2nd generation came out. It was only $99, but just like any other electronic, it was quickly out dated. Now the Apple TV 3rd generation is out, and of course I need want the latest and greatest!
Being the eBayer that I am, I looked on eBay to sell my 2nd generation Apple TV so I could buy the new one. I was surprised at what I found. The new Apple TV was selling in stores for $99, so I figured that I could at least get $5o for my old one, but I was wrong. As I was searching the completed listings I saw that the 2nd generation Apple TV’s were selling for $180! I had to stop and think for a minute. Maybe I did spend more than $99 when I bought it. After checking my digital receipt that Apple sent me, I was right. I only spent $99 when I bought the older version, but now they are selling for much much more. Lets take a look at a completed listing:
Of course I listed my Apple TV, but I still wanted to know why the older version was worth so much more. Here’s what I found out. The “Hackers” of the world are the ones buying this product. The software that is in the Apple TV 2nd generation can easily be hacked or “jailbroken”, and this is why they are willing to spend so much more money on an older version. I was curious in what this really does to your Apple TV. From what I understand, it’s nothing more than a few more options, and a way to customize your device. For me, I wouldn’t care for these extra options, but since it’s so important to others, I will happily sell them mine.
I was able to find a few more sellers in my area that were wanting to upgrade their 2nd generation Apple TV’s as well, so I made them an offer, and flipped it for a nice profit on eBay. This is a great item to keep an eye out for. I have seen these at Garage Sales, Thrift Stores, and other local bartering websites.