Apple devices hold their value extremely well.
That makes them pretty good investments as far as electronic devices go. In fact, some Apple devices may even go up in value as time goes on.
We're talking Apple collectibles like original iPods, ancient Mac computers, and rare Apple-related memorabilia. There's a thriving market for these types of things. Continue reading to learn about 9 Apple-related listings we found on eBay worth thousands of dollars.
Any Device with Flappy Bird
The story of Flappy Bird is likely one of the weirdest in recent memory. The iOS game became massively popular for a while before getting pulled from the App Store. When it did, devices with the game installed were selling for thousands of dollars.
If you missed out on downloading Flappy Bird when you had the chance, you may still be able to nab a device with it installed — but it'll cost you. Take this Flappy Bird-equipped iPhone 5s as an example. While not quite an antique electronic, the device is described as being in good condition with no scratches or cracks. It’s running for $1,299.
Apple’s marketing is legendary. From the very first Mac ads to recent award-winning commercials. But while marketing is iconic, it’s pretty rare to still have a piece of physical marketing material that is decades old. Hence, when these types of ads do surface, they can fetch an extremely high price.
This massive 58” x 24” poster, for example, was part of the original marketing campaign for the Macintosh back in 1984. As you may imagine, it’s extremely rare in its condition and is fetching $3,500 on eBay. Suffice it to say, if you have something like this, you may want to try selling it.
If you were an early tech adopter back in 2007, you may have gotten your hands on the original iPhone. And if you’ve still kept that device around over the years, you may be able to get some cash for it. One eBay listing saw an original iPhone selling for $4,000.
The original iPhone boasted advanced features like a 3.5-inch display and a 2-megapixel camera. (Well, "advanced" for its time.) Still, while the OG iPhone may not be capable of being your daily driver, it could still fetch thousands of dollars on the secondary market.
Computers have come a long way since the 1990s. Because of that, you’ve probably ditched your old iMac G3 in favor of something a bit newer along the line. But if you didn’t, you may want to try booting it back up. You could get more than $1,000 for a working one today.
The iMac G3 is largely credited as being one of the devices that turned Apple around back in the late 1990s. The device ran on Mac OS 8 and featured 1GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage at the higher end.
Remember your first iPod? If it was back in 2001, and you still have it, you may be able to get a small fortune for the device. While laughably obsolete today, originals iPods often fetch really high prices on eBay and other resale sites. Take this original limited edition 10GB model selling for $10,500.
When the very first iPod dropped in 2001, there wasn’t really anything else like it on the market. Fast forward nearly 20 years and first-generation iPods are pretty hard to come by in their original packaging.
Apple Store Sign
We highly recommend against pilfering your local Apple Store for possible memorabilia. But if you do happen to have something like an Apple Store sign in your possession (that you’ve got through legal methods), it may be worth popping that sign up on eBay.
Take this Mac-colored Apple Store logo, for example. It is apparently a working Apple Store sign made from aluminum and plexiglass and used until 1997. As the ad notes, it is “impossible to find” — which makes sense, since these signs aren’t really something you can just go out to a store and buy. It's selling for $1,800.
Apple Newton MessagePad
If you know what an Apple MessagePad is, you’re either a die-hard Cupertino fan or you were around when they were a thing. For everyone else, the MessagePad was a personal digital assistant (PDA) that first debuted back in 1993 — long before tablets or the digital assistants, such as Siri, that we know and love today.
The Newton MessagePad, for example, allowed users to take notes and send messages. While it looks pretty ancient by today’s standards, Newton MessagePads can still make you some money. This one, which is in good condition, is running for $1,249 on eBay.
In-House Apple Awards
If you ever worked at Apple, you may have some swag from your time at the company. And while it may serve as a good keepsake for your own nostalgia, it seems like these in-house Apple rewards could also net you some serious cash on the secondary market.
Take this Apple award, which is selling for $3,000. It apparently was designed by Jony Ive over a nine-month-period and is crafted from a single 14.5-pound block of refractive lead glass. It was given to Apple employees who spent more than 10 years working at the company.
Life-Size Replica of Steve Jobs
While this isn’t an Apple product and it really isn’t something most people
We’re not sure who would need a wax statue of Jobs, except for museums or perhaps hardcore Apple collectors. But this figure is apparently a 1:1 replica of Jobs and is selling for $15,900. If you have one lying around for some reason, you may want to sell it, too.