I don't get it. If you were buying units still under warranty and Apple had transferable warranties then I'm not sure what they let you off the hook from. You were not doing anything wrong. It sounds more like just another dick move from Apple.
Obviously some parties to the transaction might be unaware that their device is still under warranty, but the OP is providing a valuable service allowing them to liquidate their broken iPod into immediate cash and avoiding the risk that the warranty might be void, as well as the delay between sending and receiving the repaired unit.
The OP didn't force the people to put their broken iPod on ebay, he's merely taking advantage of an existing offer.
That was usually the case. People often felt they were due for an upgrade anyway and wanted to simply part ways rather than dealing with the warranty process.
I did something similar with a MacBook Air after I broke its screen. I purchased a new MBA immediately, and eventually sold the old MBA to the repairer.
Efficient market hypothesis virtually demands this and instructs us that economies should be run by the free market because by acting on the information via the market we disseminate information about the supply/demand of goods and their alternative uses. By buying iPods under warranty he puts upwards pressure on price, disseminating information that an iPod under warranty is more valuable.
schraeds, you've been hellbanned for the last 30 days, just FYI. I see you trying to post twice, but every comment you've made for the last 30 days has been auto-dead.
I honestly cannot figure out why, unless you deleted an atrocious violation of the rules or spam. Your last comment that wasn't auto-dead was about the "hippy generation", so maybe someone took offense with that?
http://news.ycombinator.com/threads?id=schraeds (turn showdead on)
he was paying something for that broken ipod. those people would have to pay shipping and then sell their refurbished ipod, also at a loss since they do not have the volume he had to make a profit from used eletronic sales (last time you were able to sell a used consumer camera at a good price on craigslist?)
in the end, the profit for both parties may have been the same.
So, not sure what the actual profit was, but nice nonetheless.
So, was your net income $65,000 or was your revenue $65,000?
> "My profit margin was not monstrous but the hard work and the lessons learned were invaluable"
In the age of organizations such as the RIAA suing teenagers or the elderly without such gestures, it is refreshing to read.
Is there any possible outcome to your question that would serve any purpose other than to rile the parent poster?
Unfortunately, he succumbed to the concept of leverage.
What did you do with that money? Blow it on kid stuff, or save it? Use it for anything specific?
the logical progression from a one off fix, to fixing friends, to dealing with parts shortages (buy bulk damaged units) to warranty repair scavange was awesome.
This was when Nokia phones could be unlocked by simply inputting the IMEI and phone network on a VB calculator and getting the code. I did tell them how it was done, but back then few people had Internet at home or knew how to use it, whereas I spent many Saturday mornings on the public library using their machines and connection.
1) Put an end to a jailbreaker's work
2) Hired someone to find security holes
While this is a pretty neat story, the author probably wouldn't be as valuable for Apple as someone like @comex would be.
Here is more information about that hire: http://techcrunch.com/2011/08/26/apple-hires-iphone-hacker-n...
That's with my lawyer hat on at least.
With non-lawyer hat on, nice work OP in servicing a need and creating a business opportunity for yourself.
actually yes I am. Why the hell didn't i start tinkering with stuff earlier on. Kudos to you, and thanks for writing about it!! Best of luck
A full-time summer job would net you... 5k? Multiplied by number of summers. Probably not as fun...