Apple’s second secret eBay store launches with unlocked GSM iPhone 5 units

“For the second time in as many years, Apple appears to have teamed with eBay on a low-profile Factory Outlet store to market Apple Certified Refurbished products — such as iPhones and iPads — alongside full one-year Apple warranties at aggressive price points,” AppleInsider reports.

“The store front, discovered by AppleInsider over the weekend, is dubbed the ‘Factory Outlet eBay Store’ and currently lists about half dozen factory restored and unlocked GSM iPhone 5 models for between $449 and $499,” AppleInsider reports. “Although there’s no direct language on the eBay storefront to suggest Apple’s involvement, it displays many of the hallmarks of the iPhone maker’s earlier partnership with eBay to sell refurbished iPads.”

AppleInsider reports, “In particular, the ‘Apple Certified’ iPhone 5 [units] currently on sale are billed as being ‘exclusive’ to the eBay Factory store, they each come with a full one-year Apple Warranty, and they each have been completely restored, burn-in tested and professionally repackaged with a ‘final quality inspection performed by Apple.'”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. Interesting, since Apple does not offer refurb iPhones at the online Apple Store. An iPhone 5 is like an iPhone 5c in technical design. The $449 price for the 16GB model is only $100 less than unlocked price for a brand new 16GB iPhone 5c. The 64GB model, at only $50 more, seems like a much better deal.

    If some iPhone 4s models appear there, priced in the $300 range (or less), I’d be tempted.

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