After reading a recent article about places to sell unwanted consumer electronics online, I decided to look through my semivintage gear for items to recycle for some spare cash.
I located my original 16GB first-generation iPod Touch, purchased via Apple's Web site the week it was announced in 2007. Having barely been used in at least the past two years, it was in mint condition, and after carefully resetting it to the factory state (thereby wiping my apps and data), it was time to find a new home for my iPod Touch.
After checking out various resale sites such as Gazelle.com, which offered my $43 for my device, I snapped a couple of photos and put it up on eBay, with a minimum bid of around $95 and a Buy it Now price of $150. That seemed in line with what other similar units were selling for, which made sense, considering the least expensive current new model was an 8GB one for $199.
Until the last day of my auction, I had only a single bid, but I knew from previous experience most bidders jumped in at the last minute (as I did several years ago when purchasing my prized JVC Videosphere TVs). The hour before my auction ended, the bids started coming in, first past $100, then $125, to finally settle at $147.50.
Even though I was out socializing after work, I quickly dropped the winning bidder (who had a decent amount of positive feedback) a note, and directed him to my PayPal account. (Actually trying to get anything done through PayPal is an entire story by itself--if eBay looks like a Web site five years out of date, than sister company PayPal's Web site is like a medieval torture device.)
I quickly got a response from by winning bidder, and I was ready to declare this an almost entirely positive experience. But, several things about my winning bidder's response gave me pause. … Read more