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Our shrinkwrapped first-gen iPod

How many unopened, still-in-shrinkwrap first-generation iPods are out there?


Opened, used, and beaten up 1G iPods are still fetching a bit on eBay; we saw the price bounce up a bit around the holidays last year, and since a number have been disassembled and used for parts, the pool has continued to shrink. But this one - inside its original box, which of course bears no “5GB” description because there was no 10GB model yet - is a different story. We’re guessing that it’s pretty rare, especially given that Apple hadn’t even sold its first million iPods until after the third-generation model was introduced.

How does one find something like this? iLounge’s Jerrod H. spotted an ad on Craigslist and picked it up locally in Arizona for me. A former Apple employee had received the iPod as a gift and never opened it, which we’d have to assume wasn’t the typical response - but certainly a great boon for collectors such as us. Big thanks to Jerrod and the original owner for making this happen!

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How much are you asking for it?

Posted by Flour on March 23, 2006 at 2:52 PM (CST)


Just curious guys (not trolling)....

How are you so sure that there is actually an ipod in the box.  It is very easy to add a small weight and then shrink wrap.

This is a very typical scam here in New York City played on toursits who think they can get a bargain.  Someone will come up to them with ‘shrink wrapped’ box on the street, usually a digicam or phone etc.  The seller usually tells them the item is stolen or just no questions asked.  The tourists then buy the item and when they open it it is just a pile of rocks, electronic parts etc.

Now I realize that the buyer gets what they deserve because they think they are buying stolen goods, but the fact remains it is a scam.

So just curious, how can you be sure that their is an iPod in the box?

Posted by Jeffy on March 23, 2006 at 3:23 PM (CST)



Posted by Jack Bauer on March 23, 2006 at 3:26 PM (CST)


I’ll give five bucks for it…

Posted by BobMac on March 23, 2006 at 3:57 PM (CST)


Maybe we’ll post the x-ray online at some point in the future.

And I’m not selling it. At least, now. :-)

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on March 23, 2006 at 4:42 PM (CST)


I suggest using some form of electromagnet. If it attracts, you have a hard drive (well…did have a hard drive), if not, you have a box o’ crap.

Posted by *nathan on March 23, 2006 at 6:25 PM (CST)


That is really SAD! I bet that iPod would give anything to be played and used.

Free the iPod!

Posted by Sharon on March 23, 2006 at 6:27 PM (CST)


I agree with Sharon. Free the iPod!
Been stuck in the box he wouldn’t even know how popular he has become :)

Posted by Davd on March 23, 2006 at 7:21 PM (CST)


There was a Leica collector who bought a camera and wanted to check the contents but didn’t want to unpack because the price would come down. He then had someone X-ray it!!!


Posted by hoho on March 23, 2006 at 9:46 PM (CST)


It’s worth more sealed than opened at this point. Open 1Gs are easy to find, factory sealed units are definitely not. Anyone who seriously collects Apple hardware would love to have this, assuming that it’s untampered with. Who would’ve thought that iPod would turn out the way it has…and here’s a still-sealed copy of the version that started it all.

Besides, as soon as one rips the wrap off this you’ll probably find that it needs a new battery (sarcasm set to ‘full grumble mode’...) :P.

Posted by flatline response on March 24, 2006 at 2:13 AM (CST)


If the wrap is a hard crinkly wrap then its repackaged!!!If it is a softer elastic type wrap then its the original shrink wrap. That line across the front of the box; if it is perfectly straight and smooth then its original. If the line is crooked and rough to the touch then its been repackaged.

Posted by james on March 24, 2006 at 7:13 AM (CST)


thats simply amazing. how much did you guys pay for it? or was it free?

Posted by boom on March 24, 2006 at 9:09 AM (CST)


Just wondering what the original model number was on a 1G iPod with no “5GB” label on the packaging?

Posted by Richard on March 24, 2006 at 11:43 AM (CST)


Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo…open it already?  j/k :-)

Posted by JinKazama on March 24, 2006 at 12:29 PM (CST)


that’s very cool…i’m assume you plan to leave it in the box? :D

Posted by newmie66 on March 24, 2006 at 9:18 PM (CST)


IMHO I feel you should auction it off and donate the proceeds to a needy charity. Not on eBay mind you but here in the forum.

Posted by twistedbrowntucker on March 24, 2006 at 11:56 PM (CST)


Thats a cool idea Twisted, yeh you guys should really have an auction in the Lounge for this baby, proceeds will go to iLounge though.

Posted by Chris on March 25, 2006 at 7:45 AM (CST)


Nice! My pa-paw has a shrink wrap machine and anybody could use it! then again, It could be a real live, apple 1G iPOd! but if it is, what are you going to use it for? i mean, Can’t use it unless your crazy! or you can brag about it and then people will be ,“alsome! thats neet, so whens dinner?” JK have fun with it, I bet thats a cool feelling to own somthing that cool!

Posted by LawnBoy on March 26, 2006 at 4:59 PM (CST)


I have an original still in the box never used 1st gen.  The only difference is the shrink wrap has been removed.  It still has the wrap around the iPod that says Don’t steal music, and all the parts inside are still in original wrap.

Posted by g_luck on March 26, 2006 at 5:46 PM (CST)


this is awesome. i wonder if a refurbished 1G repackaged by apple would be treated just as much as this.

and please tell me how much you guys paid for that featured ipod. just out of curiosity.

Posted by Nick on March 29, 2006 at 4:25 PM (CST)


wouldn’t putting a magnet near the iPod mess it up somehow??? i know putting a magnet next to a tv would (not saying that you have a tv in the box). i know cell phones say to keep them away from magnets…or mayeb thats just mine…

Posted by jeremy k on March 29, 2006 at 5:01 PM (CST)


I sold it, and it is for real.

Posted by Sean on May 20, 2006 at 5:32 AM (CDT)


If You Would Sell it, How much would it be?

Posted by Chilean on December 18, 2006 at 8:58 PM (CST)


I wanna ipod but not tht piece o crap jk jk so r u gunna ever open the box or just keep it closed 4 ever then try 2 sell it when it’ll b worth alot?

Posted by Noha20 on March 6, 2008 at 3:19 PM (CST)


Here is my access to the club: U21514WQLG6

What’s your serial number?

Posted by Christian R. F. Schaller on May 2, 2008 at 10:42 PM (CDT)

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