Steve Jobs made billions of dollars selling high-priced technology to a devoted following, and now some are trying to milk that following for money themselves after the Apple co-founder's death, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
At the online auction site eBay, there are several online domain names related to his death up for sale. The seller of www.stevejobstributes.com, is opening bidding at $1,000,000, although this person claims half the proceeds of the sale will go towards cancer research. The bidding page reads: "For those who have money to burn bidding starts at $1,000,000. Please be generous."
Other high-priced sites for sale include: www.stevejobsrip.com (also $1,000,000; No mention of a charitable donation); www.legendarystevejobs.com ($200,000); www.stevejobsshrine.com ($150,000); and www.applestevejobs.com ($150,000).
There are several other lower-priced domain names up for auction. As of the writing of this report, not a single one had received a bid.Special section: Steve Jobs, 1955-2011
Other eBay items trading on the Jobs name include:
- A Jobs-signed iPod, which has a starting bid of $1,990. The seller also has a Jobs-signed keyboard and a Steve Jobs original business card from 1979 for sale at the same price. No bids have been submitted yet for any of the items.
- An iPhone that allegedly cracked when Jobs died. Opening bid starts at $1,000. There are no takers yet.
- A Steve Jobs-style cashmere and silk turtleneck is up for auction. Starting bid $349.99.
- An original 1982 Time magazine featuring Jobs on the cover is up for bid, starting at $250.
- A stuffed Steve Jobs doll (only 500 made!) is up for bid at $99.