Apple products rarely appreciate in value over time, but a select few antique relics sell for thousands on eBay.
Apple has grown into a $2.2 trillion tech behemoth – it’s the second most valued company in the world and significantly ahead of Microsoft.
Under the leadership of Steve Jobs and even after his death, Apple has reached billions of people, produced iconic advertising and reinvented retail outlets – all while alone at the forefront of technology for personal use.
As Apple grew, so did consumers’ appetites to buy new gadgets.
For years, families around the world accumulate Apple technology that is obsolete the moment it hits shelves.
But some rare editions and well-maintained products go for a small fortune on eBay – find out if you’ve sat on an Apple-plated gold mine.
First generation iPod
When the iPod first came out, it was an instant hit – it became a window into a person’s personality.
In Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs, he explains that when the device was released, everyone was asking each other, “What’s on your iPod?” – even President George Bush was asked by journalists about his tunes at the height of iPod mania.
A factory-sealed first-generation iPod is listed on eBay for a staggering $23,000 – while a pristine first-generation iPod may really be a rare find, a working iPod can fetch $1,500 on Etsy.
The original Macintosh computer was a feat of design, engineering, and marketing centered around a product.
The initial price was set at $2,495 and Apple sold 70,000 units in the first 100 days.
A slightly damaged Macintosh can be had on eBay for $499.99 – but one expert told CNBC News other devices cost between $1,500 and $2,000.
The iBook looks clunky by today’s standards, but its modified clamshell design and color options were cutting edge back then.
It was the first laptop to really take advantage of Wi-Fi and mobile computing.
The iBook is offered for a range of prices on eBay, mostly around $200 – but a seller with a collection of iBooks is asking $1,300 for one of their units.
First generation iPad
The iPad was released in 2010 with a marketing blitz pushing the product forward.
An episode of Modern Family, the year’s top-grossing sitcom, was all about the iPad – the episode was called Game Changer.
The iPad line is still operational today and is being updated, which detracts from the appreciation value of previous designs – a first-generation iPad in good condition can fetch around $55 on eBay.
First generation iPod Shuffle
Engineers working on the iPod Shuffle worked to make the screen smaller and smaller—until Jobs recommended doing away with the screen altogether.
Jobs saw that people were curating their own music libraries — whatever came up, they had decided to put on the device and listen.
Selling a first-gen Shuffle isn’t going to make you rich — it’s priced at just $13 on an eBay listing.
Products in new condition will always outperform used devices — that’s a good reason to buy any Apple product, never open it, and hope that years from now it will explode in value as a vintage product.
If you have legacy Apple tech and sales intent, be sure to check the market – you don’t want to undercut a piece of Apple history.
This story originally appeared on The sun and is reproduced here with permission.