Incredibly, your Apple HomePod can now be worth more than its $299 MSRP

I thought it was really weird when Apple kept selling the original $299 HomePod months after it was discontinued. But now it’s starting to make sense – not only are some people still willing to pay a premium for the somewhat smart speaker, they’re willing to pay more than Apple charged.

We looked at eBay’s sales figures after spotting Tweet from Chance Miller, Editor-in-Chief of 9to5Mac, and we soon found out it wasn’t just a joke: on average, an Apple HomePod fetched $375 last week. That’s 25% more than Apple charged.

Sure, some HomePods are worth more than others — a used speaker without a box will only get you $220 before eBay fees, but we’ve seen a few factory-sealed, non-refurbished HomePods sell for more. of $500. In fact, some sellers are bragging about asking Apple to replace their old HomePods with brand new units just so they can return them.

When I filtered out the pricey outliers of sealed boxes, the average selling price was more like $350 last week. That’s still $50 more than they cost new!

Note that prices could drop if Verge readers flood the market.
eBay screenshot by Sean Hollister/The Verge

It’s subtle, but you can see in the eBay chart above that the value of a HomePod possesses has appreciated in the year since it was discontinued. That’s pretty much unheard of for gadgets like these, barring scalping situations like we’ve recently seen with consoles and GPUs.

Why HomePod? It’s a good question. It may be a piece of Apple history; you need two for stereo or more for whole house audio; and unlike its more affordable successor, the HomePod Mini, it’s sonically quite good. My colleague Jen Tuohy also explained that the smart home is one of the few places where Siri really excels. She thinks people are realizing that it’s the only other option besides the worse-sounding HomePod Mini.

So it’s a working theory for now.


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