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Apple Inc. (AAPL) Creates Parallel Market for AirPods on eBay

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Apple Inc. made headlines when it decided to kill the 3.5mm headphone jack in September. The tested and trusted 3.5mm jack just had to die because the firm created a better device – enter the awesome AirPods.

AirPods are wireless headphones designed to harness the power of Siri to give you a fully hands-free experience with your iPhone. Apple unveiled the Airpods with a promise to start selling them in Oct.

AirPods acceptance had a rough start because most people were loyal to the 3.5mm jack. Some people were afraid that the untethered nature of AirPods might cause them to fall out of people’s ears. More so, the iphone maker didn’t help matters because it didn’t start selling the Airpods in Oct. as promised. In fact, rumors had it that the iPhone maker delayed the sale of AirPods in order to fix some “minor issues.” Well, Apple has fixed all the issues and AirPods are now on sale just in time for Christmas.

You can now buy Airpods if you can find them

Apple Inc. started selling the AirPods  in some Apple stores on Monday after it had started online preorders one week earlier. Buyers who didn’t get a chance to buy one online during the online preorders last week might have better luck in the stores in town. The problem however is that those AirPods are selling out much faster than Apple can ship them to its stores.

Apple is still taking orders for the AirPods on its online store but it says it would only start shipping out new orders in the next six weeks. Best Buy also says new orders for the AirPods won’t start shipping until February 7, 2017.

Some buyers (especially in major cities) have however said they can’t seem to fine the AirPods on available in the stores around them. @sptonjohn posted a tweet saying,” Got to Apple Store 15min before open for AirPods, had about 25 people in line ahead of me, sold out in 10min, 4 people before me .” Another user @maccast says ” if you’re looking for AirPods in San Diego. Most stores seem to have 10 units or less and sold out this morning.”

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Parallel market for Apple AirPods springs up on eBay

eBay might be your best shot at getting an AirPods for Christmas if you missed the online preorders for Apple Inc. AirPods and you can’t seem to find any in the Apple stores near you. It might interest you to know that a parallel market for AirPods is up on eBay but it would cost you should be ready to shell out more than the official $159 sticker price for AirPods.

I found one on sale with “Buy It Now” price of $570. I found another one with a Buy It Now price of $500 and another one was on sale for $308.88. The cheapest one I found on sale for $249.95 but you’ll need to wait until Jan 12, 2017. Of course, you can buy the AirPod at a relatively cheaper price if you don’t mind going through the bidding process.

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Victor Alagbe is a seasoned business and finance writer with a specialty in writing about how to invest for the long-term in healthcare, pharmacology, energy and tech stocks. His long-term focus is on stocks that provide a nice mix of growth and income. For the short term, he passionately writes about trading stock options for the excitement and leverage that stock options offer.

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