Flappy Bird loaded iPhone goes for $100,000 on eBay!!!
File this in the â€œmost ridiculous thing everâ€ category: A 16GBÂ AppleÂ iPhone 5 installed withÂ Flappy Bird, the absurdly popularÂ freeÂ mobile game inexplicably removed by its developer from theÂ App StoreÂ this weekend, is currentlyÂ going to for more than $90,000 on eBay. At the time of this writing, it has 65 bids (most of which are probably fake). If an old iPhone doesn\’t do it for you, there are other insanely expensive options, includingÂ an iPhone 5S going for nearly $100,000.
This is just the most extreme example ofÂ Flappy BirdÂ markups â€“ but the others are equally nutty. Another listing has an iPhone 5S (32GB) loaded withÂ Flappy BirdÂ for $15,000. It has not yet received any bids, but has snagged 11 watchers so far. And aÂ Flappy Bird-packed 16GB iPhone 5 â€“ in â€œusedâ€ condition, with a free case included! â€“ is availableÂ for the low, low price of $1,025. But act fast â€“ that one already has three bids.
On the Android side, things are slightly less delusional. Actually, scratch that â€“ it\’s just as bonkers for Android users as well. For example,Â this Sony Xperia Z withÂ Flappy BirdÂ has a Buy It Now price of $20,000 â€“ more than the price of a freakin\’ new car. Meanwhile, another seller offers a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 withÂ Flappy BirdÂ installed forÂ a Buy It Now price of just $5,000Â â€“ and it comes with a bonus Galaxy Gear smartwatch included.
Flappy BirdÂ crazy time comes after the game\’s developer, Dong Nguyen, a 29-year-old from Vietnam, announced that he had decided toÂ pull the game from the iTunes App Store and Google Play. Nguyen was reportedly raking in some $50,000 per day from advertising revenue from the free mobile game, which reached the top of the App Store charts and was downloaded millions of times.
While Nguyen considers the game â€œa success,â€ heÂ explained on TwitterÂ that the game â€œruins his simple life,â€ which appears to be the reason he took the game down.
Those of you who have already downloadedÂ Flappy BirdÂ can keep it, of course. (Or, you know, sell your device on eBay for absurd amounts of money to total suckers.) And if you haven\’t downloaded it yet, you can always just snag it from The Pirate Bay for free (but illegally).If you want to play some real games though, check out this list ofÂ Flappy BirdÂ alternatives that don\’t suck.