The Apple Vision Pro’s eBay prices are making me sad

I paid a lot of money for the privilege of getting a brand new Apple Vision Pro in February. All inclusive, with optical inserts and taxes, I financed just over $3,900 for the 256GB version of the headset. About a day ago, I made a mistake that many early adopters are probably familiar with: I checked how much it was selling for on eBay.

On Wednesday, a 1TB Vision Pro, complete with all equipment included, Apple’s $200 cushy travel case, $500 AppleCare Plus, and claimed to have been “worn for maybe an hour or so,” sold for $3,200 after 21 bids. The shipping estimate listed was $20.30. Brand new, this combination costs $5,007.03 for me on the Apple website. Another eBay listing, this one with my headset setup (but without optical inserts) was only $2,600 – again with most, if not all, accessories included. Several other 256GB and 512GB models sold for around that amount this week.

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Of course, that’s how the early adopter story goes, especially when you buy very expensive technology before it becomes mainstream. Apple’s pricing doesn’t help matters, especially when the next closest competing headset – the Meta Quest 3 – only costs $500. This is disappointing even if they are ultimately not that comparable, at least in terms of target audiences and objectives for their platforms.

But it still stings, right? Knowing that I could have saved several hundred dollars And got the highest storage configuration, AppleCare Plus, and a storage case is particularly painful. I really like Vision Pro – perhaps more than any other writer in The edge – but if I hadn’t missed the return window, I’d send mine back to Apple in a heartbeat just so I could get one of these deals. Fortunately, when I wear the helmet, no one can see my tears.

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