eBay Canceling Listings for iPhones With Flappy Bird Installed

Tuesday February 11, 2014 9:57 AM PST by Jordan Golson
FlappybirdFollowing the removal of Flappy Bird from the App Store, some entrepreneurial iPhone owners have listed their phones -- with Flappy Bird installed -- on eBay.

The listings have attracted attention from major media outlets, but eBay is actively canceling the listings because all smartphones and tablets sold on the auction site are required to be restored to factory settings. One user gave MacRumors the email that eBay sent him when it removed his listing.
After reviewing your eBay account, it appears that you have not followed eBay's guidelines to list a device that can hold media or software. As a result, we've taken the following action:

- Listings have been removed.
- We have credited all associated fees except for the final value fee for your listing(s).

Smartphones and tablets must be restored to factory settings before they are allowed to be sold on eBay. Please remove all content from your device, including the game Flappy Bird, before you attempt to list your item again. Please be sure your current and future listings follow these guidelines, keeping in mind that additional listing violations could result in the suspension of your account.

We understand that you may have been unaware of these guidelines, and we encourage you to learn how to keep your experiences on eBay successful.

We appreciate your cooperation.
Thanks,

eBay
Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen said in an interview earlier today that his game became "an addictive product" and he removed the app to protect users from the game. iPhone owners who have already downloaded Flappy Bird can continue to play it as Nguyen cannot delete the app from phones where it is already installed.

Thanks Blake!

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Posted: 9 months ago
If I see one more Flappy Bird article.....
Rating: 38 Votes
Posted: 9 months ago
Good for them this is getting really ridiculous.
Rating: 16 Votes
Posted: 9 months ago

If I see one more Flappy Bird article.....


.....you'll click on it again?
Rating: 9 Votes
Posted: 9 months ago
Next headline: iPhones with Flappy Birds installed hit the Black Market :D
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 9 months ago
So much news for such a simple app.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 9 months ago
The only thing more stupid than the game is the people creating articles about it.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 9 months ago
if it is so addicting, why didn't Rovio do the same with Angrybirds?
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 9 months ago
What is Fappy Birds?
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 9 months ago
The fact that Ebay is canceling listings that do not comply with its rules is not even remotely newsworthy.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 9 months ago
Apple def needs to adopt this marketing strategy.

Official statement from Apple: After much thought and consideration, OS X will be officially deleted from out software catalog. Please go back to OS 9 by next Monday. Thanks so much from the boys at Cupertino.
Rating: 3 Votes

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