Apple hijacks eBay site

I’m assuming it’s hackers at Apple, because if it’ s a co-branding thing, it’s just bloody rude and disrespectful to the customer.


  1. Go to ebay.com.au
  2. Type in iPhone – like this ebay-iphone
  3. hit return.
  4. You’ll be HIJACKED to a page called http://www.ebayasiapromo.com/sgwidget/apple/dlp?site=15&kw=apple+mac
    (once I got ipod classic instead).
  5. looks like this ebay-apple
  6. There are no – none- zero-null iphones on that page.
  7. I don’t know how to look up iPhones on eBay now. I want an old 8g, 2G one. Less than $500 kthnxbai
  8. Bloody eBay. Bloody Apple.

How annoying is that? eBay stop it – you might have done a deal with Apple to help them sell new, expensive uncracked iPhones, but seriously, where are your manners?  and whatever deal you’ve done, you won’t make as much from selling a handful of new ones as you will make from all the second hand ones. For God’s sake, eBay, get back to your authentic brand of selling second hand stuff, and stop trying to make us think you are Apple resellers!

… or have I completely lost the plot? Wouldn’t be the first time 😛  is there an easy way to list iPhones being sold on eBay Australia?

Laurel Papworth

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11 thoughts on “Apple hijacks eBay site

  1. RT @SilkCharm: Apple hijacking ebay Australia site http://twurl.nl/otgskl I can’t even list iphones now 🙁 (WTF?! Apple? eBay? lunatics!)

  2. Hi Laurel

    I think you clicked apple instead of apple iphone. When you click apple iphone, you do go to a list of nice used and grey imported iphones.

    When you click apple however, you are taken to the page you mentioned.


  3. Click ‘Advanced Search’ -> enter ‘iphone’ -> Click ‘Search’ button

    You’re welcome 🙂

    (and yes, it is pretty crappy of eBay to do this)

  4. Thanks for the Advanced tip 🙂

    I didn’t click APPLE. I typed in “iphone” and hit the RETURN key on my keyboard.

    Is everyone getting the same thing? Australian IPs anyway?

    1. @Laurel,

      Yes, i’m getting the same nasty Apple co-branded web page. As a side note, if you google “iphone ebay” and then click thru to ebay you then just end up with a whole lot of iphone add-ons but no actual iphones.

  5. OK Here I am again. Yes you are right. When I type Apple iphone there is NO hijak. When I type iphone, there is a hijack. Sorry for my original post.

    I think this is ACCC kind of stuff really. Its blocking the free market.

    Take them on.


  6. If you use the advanced search, you get the right page(s) – while I agree it’s annoying that eBay/Apple have done this (haven’t tested any opther Apple products yet), that’s all it is – an ANNOYANCE;

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