The iPhone X is set to be one of the largest releases in history, with demand reportedly through the roof. However, there is reason to believe that Apple is not able to meet this, which in turn has spurred some people on to visit eBay in hope of picking up a model without having to wait.
This comes in the wake of reports that customers were told they would have to wait until the end of November to receive their pre-ordered iPhones, despite the device being released on November 3rd. This became the case just ten minutes after pre-orders went live, suggesting that Apple sold out of the handset before it was even out.
One of the results of this has been a surge of sellers on eBay offering consumers a chance to get their hands on the iPhone X as soon as possible. With many worried that walk-in stores will sell out quickly as well, this is an option some might be tempted to take. However, it comes with a high price tag.
TechCrunch analysed data from eBay and found that most of the 64GB iPhone X pre-orders were going for around US$1,500 (AU$1,959) on the site. This is more than even the deluxe 256GB model would cost you if you went through Apple, with costs standing at AU$1,829, or AU$1,579 for the 64GB handset.
Of course, just because this is the average does not mean that some sellers aren't pushing their luck. TechCrunch revealed one listing – which came with an image of the pre-order confirmation – that was selling the iPhone X at an astonishing price of US$59,999.99.
Despite being an expensive option, eBay revealed to TechCrunch that this is a popular one. Over 1,200 iPhone X listings were posted within 45 minutes of pre-orders going on sale. Furthermore, in the first 13 hours there were 36,555 searches for the device, which averages out as almost 50 each minute.