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This Broken Nexus One Sold For Nearly $7,000 on eBay

eBay is always a great source for a bizarre story or two, whether it be an absurd amount of money an item sold for or an absurd item itself. This post is of the absurd amount of money variety. Some poor soul was just looking to get rid of his broken Nexus One as he didn’t want to deal with the $55 repair process through HTC.

Little did he know that he’d be selling that broken bundle of joy for nearly $7,000. I’m not even sure how the bid amount got to $500 for a dated phone such as the Nexus One, but the jump from $500 to $7,000 is likely just the product of a typo or someone itching to be a jerk.

The weird part is that the person who was seriously bidding on it actually one-upped that large bid – surely he won’t seriously consider paying that much. Perhaps he didn’t see how much the price was. Or perhaps there is something magical about this Nexus One that we don’t know. I’ll go with the latter. [Thanks, Carlos!]

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  • toomuchgame441

    I would have paid for $10,000 for that Nexus One

    • http://twitter.com/Cazzzababez Carwyn Stephen

      Oh yea, I’d have paid $12,000!

      • boogie_monster

        $15,000 … and SOLD!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1787373408 Austin Nichols

          $133,700! to the robot in the green

  • Temporary101

    its a nexus one…… in one year, when google dominates the world these will be collectors items worth their weight in unobtanium!

    hmmm Maybe I should break my n1 too and sell in on ebay

  • Santanajacob

    Nexus one is probably the best phone for all around root and tethering. I believe the newer phones will have a strict hold on tethering and root and the phone companies will make it nearly impossible for one to root. I do not think the nexus one is worth $7000 dollars, but the nexus one’s price has not dropped much over the years.

    • http://www.techmantis.net/ Minja Miketa

      Over the years? It has been out barely a year.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=602761196 Dario Sucic

        It came out january 2010, now its april 2011.
        Its totally outdated

        • boogie_monster

          Still better than iPhone 4 that came out after it !!!

          • presto117

            When it comes to the OS, yes, but hardware wise? No stock 720p video capture, no FFC, no retina display, and it’s not thinner than the iPhone 4.

        • http://twitter.com/aK_ReBeL Oscar

          Outdated? No way. Lots of phones are better hardware wise but the N1 offers the perfect combination of everything, feel and design, software, and anything else I can think of. They biggest problem for me is the little space on the internal mem. but even that isnt a big deal.

    • Covert_Death

      over the years???? dude its been 15 months

      • Guttertalk

        Right. And that makes the “dated phone” remark just as bad.

        • http://www.phandroid.com Quentyn Kennemer

          In smartphone years? Yea, it’s dated. Not saying it’s bad, though.

          • Guttertalk

            The only truly dated thing is the limited phone app space (although if Google made all their apps to run on the SD card that would greatly help). Otherwise, it runs really well for most things, even the games that I occasionally play.

            In terms of what most folks use smartphones for, it’s not dated. In bleeding edge terms, yeah, it’s somewhat dated, but I really don’t that’s all important. It’s very similar to being able to do a lot with a great video card for $120 compared to the latest card that breathes fire.

  • PetetheMan

    I would have killed for a Nexus 1 if it had went to Sprint. Oh well, i’ll just get the brother.

  • Snoop

    both the bidders have zero feedback.

    • http://www.facebook.com/MMAMayhem Jeremy Mmamayhem Coushti

      and they just opened there accounts in the last couple of days.

  • http://profiles.google.com/nathanpridemore Nathan Pridemore

    Thats priceless… Any word if the seller actually got paid?

  • http://profiles.google.com/originalme8 Christopher S. Bates

    You think he could at least wave the $5 shipping fee at that high of a bid :P

    • http://www.facebook.com/lauren.berns Lauren Berns

      Or went ahead and sent the thing overnight.

    • boogie_monster

      LMAO =)))

  • http://ryanscottmiller.com Ryan

    I call money laundering.

  • Dan

    Holding on to my N1. Not much out there worth upgrading to, still…

  • cherubdawg

    The magical thing is how HTC and Google got away with selling a “superphone” that has 175MB of usable app storage.

    • Jdog25

      It was January 2010 that’s how.

      Also it wasn’t until 6 months later when a phone finally passed that amount of storage.

  • 419onscene

    Well that $7K is squeeky clean now…..

  • mike

    Except it is still one of the 1st phones to run 2.3

  • pkoenig44

    If anyone is willing to put there money where there mouth is ill sell my working nexus one with stock gingerbread 2.3.3 to the highest bidder

  • G8D

    Bidding has ended on this item. The seller has relisted this item or one like this.

  • http://www.adamtabletnews.com Adam Tablet News

    I guess i will start the bidding on my working N1 at $7500

  • https://profiles.google.com/mrrix32 Martin Rix

    “Dated”? It’s not as if every phone released today is better than it! Yes, there are some good phones out (Galaxy S etc) but the majority are still at Nexus One level.

    I even see games on the market that list the Nexus One as a “High end phone”

  • Benjatt

    this is a common occurrence in the UK on ebay phone listings. Not sure what its about but theres often a ‘Nigerian’ involved.

    • james ortiz

      yea every time its from Nigeria its a fraud

  • http://twitter.com/gstatty gstatty

    Yeah I’m gonna go with he meant to type in 700 but accidentally added a second zero.

    • JBrowne1012

      But still for 700 who ever bought it could have just bought a brand new in box N1its still a lot considering that its broken.

  • David Bauman

    I wonder how much I’d get for my Nexus One then… It was the first ever rooted Nexus One (with stericson’s and paul obrien’s help)…

  • Going_home

    The seller has re-listed it , item # 290552684940 .

  • http://www.gadginator.com Dunnion

    Oh man, now I want to sell my N1, I can finally buy a Nexus S for AT&T!

    • james ortiz

      bro atnt is trash its the worst…the dropped calls are insane

      • tomnewtn

        Mine always works great, and dropped calls are rare.

    • http://twitter.com/aK_ReBeL Oscar

      Hey man, honestly speaking the Nexus S isn’t worth it. I did the same exact thing your planning on. The 1500mhz battery is very limited and video chatting isn’t exactly perfected yet, if your even lucky enough to know anyone with a video chatting phone. If your N1 works keep it. Or better yet, test out the Nexus S for a while

  • Del373

    It sold for that much because it’s the only phone that has a gold-plated 8 core processor, a satellite radio that never drops calls, and unlimited 9000g internet for free.

    …unfortunately the buyer can’t take advantage of any of those technologies…because the phone is broken.

  • http://profiles.google.com/chrisfsullivan Chris Sullivan

    Santana hit the nail on the head for me. Unlimited date no charge tethering is mighty compelling, and I love the slim form factor.. The app space, lack of front facing camera, an improved rear facing camera and 4G are the only things making me want to upgrade (and crappy T mobile coverage at times). I am going to hold off at least until January when my contract expires, but I may hold off longer to change because of the tethering. These wireless companies need to sort it out because I am not going to pay a data plan for every connected device and I am not paying Verizon a butt load for FIOS at home and LTE on the road.

  • http://twitter.com/aK_ReBeL Oscar

    This is funny because I am getting my Nexus One repaired.. sorry guys still holding on to it. But it does make me feel like I have something of truly great value, but then again I already knew that