iPhone - Going, Going, Gone

The auction of my brand new 1.1.2 firmware iPhone on this blog worked. I didn’t set the rules particularly well, but you all got the gist of what needed to happen.

I know that Edgeio is now dead, but I still believe in the power of the blog to be a commerce platform. It’s all about audience. If you have the right one, you can sell stuff. I sold the iPhone and four tickets to the Neil Young show yesterday. Pretty cool. I don’t plan on turning AVC into eBay, but I like to use this blog to try stuff out from time to time and yesterday was a good day for selling stuff.

So here’s the deal on the iPhone. It’s going to flynch for $375 plus shipping. He bid $399 but that was after the midnight cutoff, so I am accepting the $375 offer. If flynch flakes out and doesn’t come through then I’ll go with the next best offer.  I’d like flynch to send me an email today (email is on the left sidebar) and we can work out the details.

There was a higher bid from Gilbert. It involved making a $251 gift to the charity of his choice and reading his pitch. Gilbert, send me your pitch. I’ll read it and if I like it, I’ll give $251 to the charity of your choice.

But flynch is getting the iPhone. For his wife.  For Christmas. I love turning lemons into lemonade.

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Comments (Archived):

  1. josh_20

    Lemonade is delicious. Long lemonade.

  2. Gilbert den Hertog

    Ok, a powerpoint should be with you in a few seconds. Let me know if Flynch flakes out as the $500 still stands and you get to choose the charity!

  3. Frank Lynch

    flynch isn’t flaking. Gilbert I thought your bid was very original and I am glad Fred is going to give your pitch a read. The best of luck with that.

    1. Gilbert den Hertog

      Thanks Flynch! Enjoy the phone!

  4. kid mercury

    can’t believe you sold flynch $399 worth of tyranny, fred. what’s next on avc, drm-ridden mp3s? maybe some encrypted software that only runs on macs?j/k

    1. fredwilson

      He knows how to unlock it apparentlyGood for him/good for meNo drm on avc everI promiseFred

  5. kais3rs0ze

    I hope you’re going to buy a Nokia N82 with your money. Cool, retro looks. Free music for a year. Free map downloads. Its a must for rock concerts in Europe!

    1. fredwilson

      I’ll check it outFred

  6. RacerRick

    It would be nice if ebay made a website widget that would extend an ebay auction to any other website.Their technology is like circa 1996 and they haven’t upgraded in a decade so it’s probably too much to ask.

    1. Guest

      meg is ok with that – she has her island in the sky, just south of telluride…

  7. evgen

    BTW, if you want a phone that can be jailbroken and sim-unlocked you should look at getting a refurb unit. My iPhone died (due to my own incompetence, but they replaced it free anyway) and my fears of getting a 1.1.2 OTB unit were pretty high. Luckily the refurb unit they handed me was still on the 1.1.1 firmware. You may also get lucky…

  8. Patrick

    Whos Flynch?

  9. Frank Lynch

    Patrick:a)No one you know.b)The owner of a (nearly) new iPhone soon to be gifted to my wife. c)Frank Lynch. A blog reader based in Dublin Ireland. Working in internal IT operations for a US multinational technology company. d)All of the above and more besides.

  10. Karen E

    I wonder if Gilbert’s Ppt could be made public to readers. Probably not if it’s any good, right? So here is a related question. I am in the business of selling ideas (ooh, wow, aren’t we all) so make creative Ppts on a monthly-or-so basis. I would like ideas on making them new and fresh. Does anyone here have any they would be interested to share? I am in architecture so I don’t think there would be any issues of competing with most of the readership here. If you have one that is very cool but perhaps slightly dated (so you wouldn’t worry about me stealing ideas) I sure would love to see a few.

  11. Howard Greenstein

    Fred,This whole thing shows how to be a class act. I’m excited for Gilbert, and for some lucky charity.Howard