Developers selling iPhone apps on eBay for quick cash

Several days after developer Neal Schmidt sold his iPhone game BuckShot on eBay for $16,000, a few others are hoping to follow suit and pawn off their apps for quick cash. Simon Papineau more recently sold the rights to three of his games (Perfect DateTic Tac Toe Classic and XO: Tic Tac Toe 3D) on ebay for $3000. These apps have been around since 2009 and been downloaded 300,000 times – about 300 total downloads a day. The winner of the bid received the complete source code, all the related graphics and name of apps on the App Store.

An even more recent and currently live ebay bid involves the game Tiny Tap Rat from developer Daniel Massicotte. Bids start at $99, and you can “Buy It Now” for $3,500, though so far there have been no takers yet. Here’s the description as per auction page:

You are bidding on an auction for the Full Rights and Ownership of the popular iPhone game Tiny Tap Rat. Upon successful payment for this rare auction (via PayPal) I will refer you to my programmer who will help you transfer the game to your Apple iOS account, at your expense, if you so choose.

Please remember that you must have your own Apple iOS account for selling iPhone apps.

Included with the Full Rights of Ownership to the game, I will be giving you:

– 1) The Complete Source Code to the Game
– 2) All Graphics, Images, Logos and Sketches Associated with the Game
– 3) All PSDs and Adobe Illustrator Files for the Images in the Game
– 4) Past Press Releases, 100s of Screen shots and all Game Sounds.
– 5) The Game (Tiny Tap Rat) Also Features The Following:

(a) Complete Game Center Integration
(b) 4 In-App-Purchases for Unlocking Levels and Turning Off Advertisements
(c) A JSON javascript more screen (you will need to update the code to include your own apps)
(d) A “news” screen, that points to any webpage you wish (great for email option)
(e) Ability to pause, restart, play with ads on/off and compete with friends.
(f ) A “splash page” and “nag screen” that green users and refer them to separate web location.

The total value of everything together is well over $5,000. In addition to the above, all files will be loaded on a USB stick and mailed to you via airmail.

No doubt this is the easiest and quickest way to selling your own apps on the iOS platform, though it’s likely not the best way of getting your foot in the revolving App Store door. Unless you’re buying a quality app on ebay, you still have to remember the associated costs – the yearly $99 iTunesConnect fee, the 30% cut Apple receives on every sale or paid download and the potentially frustrating wait times for each app update to push through. Whatever case, it won’t be long before we start seeing even more developers putting their not-so-popular iPhone/iPad apps and games for sale on eBay.


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