Apple’s second secret eBay store goes live with pre-owned iPhones

By , Jul 8, 2014

Apple eBay store (unlocked iPhone 5 refurb)

Back in November 2012, a secret mini-store popped up on eBay with officially certified, little-used Apple products, similar to those found on the company’s own refurbished section at the Online Apple Store.

However, since selling through the initial allotment of good-as-new gear the Apple Certified Refurbished Products section on eBay has seen little activity in terms of deals on iPhones, iPad, MacBooks and other products.

Today, Apple reportedly launched a brand new secret store – again on eBay, but this time around offering certified and unlocked GSM iPhone 5 units, with prices starting at $449 with free shipping…

These prices compare very favorably to Apple’s $549 price for the baseline iPhone 5c model with sixteen gigabytes of storage.

The store, dubbed the “Factory Outlet eBay Store” and available here (via AppleInsider), is devoid of Apple branding though the layout appears to be a carbon-copy of Apple’s previous store-within-a-store on eBay.

The products seem to be factory-refurbished by Apple itself, having received complete burn-in testing. Additionally, the iPhone refurbs on eBay come with a brand new battery and the company’s standard 1-year warranty.

The phones have been professionally repackaged with a “final quality inspection performed by Apple.”

Note that Apple has never offered – directly or indirectly – refurbished iPhones.

For what it’s worth, Apple’s first eBay store – which sold refurbished iPads at $100 less than on Apple’s own online store - was part of a three-month pilot program that the company chose not to renew, as per AppleInsider.

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  • stulaw01

    $450 for a nearly 2 year old 16gb is not that great of a deal. I guess if you need a backup or replacement phone and cannot separate yourself from Apple then maybe, but you can get other brands of phones for $100 more brand new- current models with current specs.

    There are also cheaper replacement phones like a Nexus 5 as well if you want a good cheap smartphone.

    • Brandon Weidema

      the Nexus 5 build quality is shit, i bought one and the letters were literally peeling off the back of the phone. The Apple ecosystem is way more developed and preferred over Google’s by many.

      • sabestianpage

        the Nexus 5 build quality is shit, i bought one and the letters were literally peeling off the back of the phone. The Apple ecosystem is way more developed and preferred over Google’s by many.

      • grumpyfuzz

        I’ve had mine since launch, no letters falling off. and also, for what ecosystem is preferred I’m sure just as many people prefer google’s.

      • onesimpleclik

        There is no letters on the back that can fall off at all. lol

      • onesimpleclik

        Have no idea what your going on about.
        Had my Nexus 5 for months & haven’t had any problems at all.
        The phone is great for its price & nothing matches it for value.

      • Brandon Weidema

        the Nexus logo on the back -_-

    • PhoneTechJay

      Just about all of Apples devices hold their value extremely well. and just because you can purchase something newer at a lower price doesn’t mean it is better. Id settle for a 4S over any android device.

      • sabestianpage

        Just about all of Apples devices hold their value extremely well. and just because you can purchase something newer at a lower price doesn’t mean it is better. Id settle for a 4S over any android device.

    • sabestianpage

      $450 for a nearly 2 year old 16gb is not that great of a deal. I guess if you need a backup or replacement phone and cannot separate yourself from Apple then maybe, but you can get other brands of phones for $100 more brand new- current models with current specs.

      There are also cheaper replacement phones like a Nexus 5 as well if you want a good cheap smartphone.

    • Jack Wong

      It is all about the software, just like the PC vs Mac, they both are Intel CPU, same kind of memory, SSD also…

      I could work with either system but for office, PC only.

      For home, Mac only because I don’t want any headache.

      • grumpyfuzz

        Linux > OS X

      • Jack Wong

        It doesn’t matter.

        I make more money from Windows than Mac, and none in Linux.

      • Javier Peralta

        Unix>Linux (and no. Linux is not Unix)
        BSD is Unix
        OS X is BSS
        Therefore… OSX is Unix ;)

      • ✦ intelligent anomaly ✦

        OS X is based on a mach microkernel (similar to that used in NeXT back in the day). Today, they borrowed may components and ideas from Unix, but it is just as foreign to Unix as Linux is at this stage. In this light, OS X = Linux improved. I use Linux for business (sr. embedded engineer), PCs (windows) for development, and OS X for pleasure. Out of all of them, OS X wins hands down for usability, performance (when hosting VMs), and simply easy on the eyes. Being Posix compliant does not hurt it either.

      • Javier Peralta

        True. But Linux is a kernel. And as far as I know osx uses BSD instead of the GNU stuff.

      • ✦ intelligent anomaly ✦

        Linux is a kernel, correct. OS X is a complete OS, but mach itself is just the kernel too. Both kernels are posix compliant, and can run the same tools, however Linux distributions prefer GNU, where as OSX prefers BSD tools. This does not mean you cannot use GNU tools on OS X (and in fact, they are used such as bash, and the compiler suit), and you can also use BSD tools on Linux – they are pretty similar in this regard, but only matters what the distribution prefers. For stability, OSX’s mach kernel is by far the winner for maturity as Linux is evolving at a far too quick of a rate and is rarely stable for long unless you wish to use something that is outdated, and eventually obsolete in a few months time. At this time, OS X and Linux (distribution) are about on par for *nix, but OS X maintains it’s founding roots whereas Linux deviated into it’s own direction long ago, but still maintains the *nix traits it was initially designed around.

  • miphone

    Why do they sell these phones on ebay instead of just putting them in a separate section of their own online store?

    • PhoneTechJay

      Note to reader. This is purely speculation.

      • sabestianpage

        Note to reader. This is purely speculation.

    • sabestianpage

      Why do they sell these phones on ebay instead of just putting them in a separate section of their own online store?

  • jack

    “secret” on title = click bait

    • sabestianpage

      “secret” on title = click bait

  • Framboogle

    Well it’s no longer a secret now

  • NaSty

    US ebay store only?

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      Yup, but they still ship world-wide and there’s no stupid import charges (at-least to here in Canada) as they’re shipping via USPS (a government-owned shipping company)…

  • Blue_Kobra

    Am I the only one that thinks there needs to be a new iPod? Can’t upgrade my iPhone until next year, and the iPod 5 is quickly becoming slower and more outdated. Of course being jailbroken has an effect on performance, but I have very little tweaks and still have to go into safe mode to play games like Modern Combat 4, or Real Racing 3. They just need to make an iPod that is relatively cheap, but packs a punch performance wise.

    • onesimpleclik

      ‘Cheap’ & ‘packs a punch’ doesn’t fit in the same sentence for Apple.

      • Blue_Kobra

        Sorry, “cheaper”. And at least give it specs on par with the 5c.

  • nhaj

    With the new iPhone 6 coming out I better sell my old iPhone before the value of it drops. I usually search 8-15 different sites to find the best offer, but I just found this company that compares all the buyback companies in one spot, it’s called RecomHub.

    It’s like Kayak but for electronic devices that show you all the offers in one spot.