Scam alert: iPhones loaded with 'Flappy Bird' on eBay aren't selling for thousands

By Shawn Knight
Feb 10, 2014
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  1. True to his word, Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen pulled the hit mobile game from app stores yesterday. That means if you hadn't already downloaded and installed the title for your phone or tablet, you're out of luck... or are...

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  2. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    When you get an iPhone or other smartphone device, you have to have an account for the appstore. It will ask you to verify your account and don't have the password to that account and therefore you lose Flappy Birds. This is an alright idea, but it definitely wasn't well thought out.
  3. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 807   +270

    Who is even dumb enough to pay $2000 for a phone just because it has a shitty free app installed? I know it's a scam, but people that made this scam probably though that someone would buy this...
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,379   +2,167

    These are humans we're talking about, right?
  5. Anyone with an Android phone can just simply download & install the .apk
  6. Wow, things are messed up in the iOS side. I can easily sideload this game if I wanted to, on my android.
  7. Renrew

    Renrew TS Enthusiast Posts: 253   +19

  8. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,729   +1,093

    I don't get it... flappy bird is only cool because people are talking about it. I uninstalled it 3 mins after trying to play and failing miserably. I don't think I had a game last longer than 5 seconds in my first 10 tries and that was enough for me.
    Seriously the creator of this app should be sharing the ad revenue with everyone who wasted their time with it.
  9. sridoodla

    sridoodla TS Rookie

  10. Thats only 10k....
  11. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +137

    It seems the sellers on ebay are "fishing" for suckers.

    Heh, you know it was funny.
  12. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,531   +836

    I see what your saying, but we cant forget that 99% of the people who care about flappy bird already have it installed.
  13. I thought "flappy bird" refers to something that needs via***. on reading the article, I thank the heavens my assumption was wrong.
    on "techies" who love flappy bird app, damn... I thought mad cow disease is only found in cows (and in humans in creutzfeldt-jakob disease variant)
  14. Well there are some *****s out there that probably would buy them. Since majority of I users have $$$ to spare
  15. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Only an addict would buy those...
  16. sridoodla

    sridoodla TS Rookie

  17. Im sure alot were scams with shill bids. I saw the crazy bids and decided to give it a shot, I have 500+ sells on eBay, mine was legitimately up to $9k before eBay took it down. do I think it was worth that kind money? hell no. am I willing to make a quick buck off of stupidity? hell yea.

    and the app would not be deleted after the new owner put in their apple id, any apps that I did not delete would still be accessible, but not upgradeable. so if ol guy comes back with an update for the game, the new owner would not be able to get it without my password. but the original install would still be playable
  18. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,531   +836

    So wait, are some of these legit or something? a lot of confusion here.
  19. Mine was, but ebay is taking them all down before they sell
  20. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    What a waste of money...
  21. Bell2dx

    Bell2dx TS Rookie

    When u list a phone on eBay it has to be reset to factory defaults or eBay will remove it as they won't allow you to sell a phone with pre installed software on it so people are just bidding stupid money because eBay has to remove the item before the end of the listing
    vagabond4610 likes this.
  22. Theres always someone trying to tell the world "I use Android and its better" or vice versa. Seriously, nobody cares what phone you use. :)
  23. Its interesting that Ebay has removed the listings as they say it violates apples terms BUT the app itself was free AND when you do a search at Apples website it says that if you don't reset your device before you sell it "Ask the new owner to erase all content and settings as described above." technically If you place this link in your ad to prove you are not violating Apples terms AND ask the new owner to reset it in your listing then it should be perfectly legal and no grounds for Ebay to cancel any listings.
  24. Trev madden

    Trev madden TS Rookie

    Lol eBay are making a killing on eBay fees

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