What's the most you ever paid for a videogame? We're willing to gamble it's considerably less than what eBay user "shinsnk" is asking for an ultra rare copy of Tetris for the Sega Mega Drive (Japan's equivalent to the Sega Genesis console). If you read the title, you know this guy's asking for cool $1 million, but how exactly can he justify such an exorbitant price tag?
Sandy Bridge was a huge leap forward for Intel, but in the never ending core count race, they still have some catching up to do with AMD. Rumors were circulating about a new possible eight-core variant, but now we have proof. An overzealous third party is looking to sell off its preview chip, and the image you’re looking at here is for an eight-core Sandy Bridge part that is branded “E” for “Enthusiast”. The chip shown is only rated at 1.6 GHz, but we expect these numbers to be not just overclockable, but likely to grow prior to launch.
Intel isn't planning to launch its Sandy Bridge-E series of processors until later this year, but if you absolutely, positively, really want to get your hands on one, come hell or high water, there's a chance you can grab one. That is, if you're willing to part with around $1,400 (with shipping) in exchange for a CPU that won't fit in any of your motherboards.
Not long after T-Mobile officially announced its soon-to-be-released G2x smartphone built by LG, which will be available online starting April 15 and in stores April 20 for $200 (after $50 mail-in-rebate and with an obligatory two-year service agreement), someone listed a purportedly fully functioning model on Ebay. The seller tagged the G2x with a Buy-It-Now price of $1,000, and though it didn't quite go for that much, he did manage to find a buyer willing to overpay.
EBay on Monday announced it had agreed to buy GSI Commerce, a provider of ecommerce and interactive marketing services, for $29.25 a share, which works out to around $2.4 billion. Under terms of the deal, the transaction is to be financed with cash and debt, and expected to close in the third quarter of 2011. In coming up with that time frame, eBay probably wasn't expecting a lawsuit, but it got one anyway.
Apple has no qualms about selling last generation hardware for new-gen prices, but seeing others rake in as much as $2,500 on eBay for Steve Jobs figurines is where the Cupertino company draws the line.
According to consumer advocate group The Consumerist, here's what happened. A Chinese company called M.I.C. Gadget tried to get away with selling said figurines for $100/pop, up until Apple stopped the manufacture from doing so. Shortly after, the banned dolls began appearing on eBay fetching up to $2,500. The hand-painted figurines depicted Jobs in his familiar New Balance 991 sneakers, black turtleneck, removable sunglasses, an iPhone in one hand, and speech bubbles to write your own quotes.
Not only did you have to be willing to spend a small fortune on a figurine to get one, you also had to act fast. Apple convinced eBay to remove the listings, citing a California statute "which prohibits the use of any person's name, photograph, or likeness in a product without that person's prior consent."
Last month, a rare Apple-1 sold for more than $210,000 at an auction house in London, an exorbitant price tag but one that the buyer felt was justified given that only about 200 Apple-1 machines were ever created, CNet reports. By comparison, it's believed that only around 10 transparent Mac SEs ever came off the assembly line, so surely one of those would command just as much, right?
Unfortunately for eBay user "caw_jmw," who claims he worked in Apple R&D in the 1980s, his rare transparent Mac SE, which was intended for internal use only, couldn't muster a single bid at the starting price of $25,000. If we chalk up the $210,000 Apple-1 to an anomaly, then we suppose the lesson here is that there really is a point where Apple users will cease to pay more for older generation hardware.
For those of you who collect or have held onto old PC parts, what's your most prized possession? An old Voodoo graphics card, perhaps? An AdLib soundcard? Hit the jump and share your stuff!
It's official, folks -- the movie Avatar on Blu-ray 3D is 2010's Tickle Me Elmo for the holiday shopping season. That's because there are just a few ways you can get your mitts one of the season's hottest items. The first is by purchasing a Panasonic 3D TV. The second is by hitting up Ebay, Craigslist, or wherever else you tap into the used market, and if you're lucky, you may find one listed for just a couple hundred bucks.
Panasonic's exclusivity agreement to carry the Blu-ray 3D version of James Cameron's popular flick means you're pretty much boned if you don't own a 3D set from Panny. But don't despair if you promised little Johnny the 3D version of Avatar this holiday. Yet another option is to shell out for Panasonic's 3D Ultimate Pack, a $400 bundle that includes a Blu-ray 3D player, two pairs of active 3D shutter glasses, and of course Avatar in Blu-ray 3D.
A ruling from a federal appeals court Friday may have wide ranging on your ability to do as you please with legitimately purchased software. The court ruled that software makes are permitted to prohibit the resale of their products by consumers with special language in the sales agreement. This is in opposition to the first-sale doctrine which holds that re-sale by those that legally purchased the software is acceptable.
The case revolves around an eBay seller who was selling a legal copy of Autodesk AutoCAD. The licensing agreement forbade resale. “The terms of the software license in the case are not very different from the terms of most software licensing. So I think it’s safe to say that most people don’t own their software,” said the defense attorney in the case. Large firms like Adobe, McAfee, the MPAA, and Google all came out in support of Autodesk's position.
Autodesk makes software that sells for thousands of dollars, and claims that the license cannot be transferred without written consent. It's unclear if even moderately expensive programs like Photoshop would be targets of this new strict enforcement. Even if this is a one-off case, we might need to think about our software licenses differently.
Online auction site eBay is slated to ditch Google Checkout as a payment option by next July. At that time, the only online payment method available to users will be eBay's own PayPal service. An eBay spokesperson claimed the move is intended "to give eBay buyers a consistent, speedy checkout experience and to ensure support for fast-growing sales via mobile platforms."
If you ask us, this has more to do with eBay owning PayPal than user experience. Google Checkout has had trouble finding widespread usage. Amazon does not support Checkout, so the loss of eBay will hit the service hard. Users of Android phones in most countries do, however, use Google Checkout to pay for apps.
Have you used Google Checkout to buy anything lately? Do you think either PayPal or Checkout is a better service?