Is Apple Dumping iPhones on eBay in Advance of iPhone 6?

If you are thinking of selling that old iPhone on eBay, you soon will have some competition: the company that makes them. Or at least, so it seems. Apple reportedly has opened an eBay storefront called Factory Certified that is selling refurbished Apple products. Despite the lack of any official Apple branding, the store seems to be a partnership between Apple and eBay.

The Factory Certified store is selling Apple-certified refurbished iPhones for a fraction of what they cost new. As of Tuesday, the store had about a half-dozen factory-restored, unlocked iPhone 5s priced between $450 and $500, nearly half off the original price -- and probably considerably less than the soon-to-be-released iPhone 6. Apple's 32 GB iPhone 5 was selling for $479 and the 64 GB iPhone 5 for $499 on the site, but those sold out quickly.

The store had 21 positive feedback comments as of Wednesday, showing sales dating back to June 27.

Not the First Time

The eBay storefront was first discovered by Apple-centric Web site Apple Insider. Apple has offered no official indication that it is behind the storefront, but observers say the full Apple warranty that comes with each phone offered for sale is similar to that included with phones that were sold on a separate Apple/eBay storefront two years ago.

In fall 2012, an eBay store mysteriously appeared, selling only Apple products at prices that undercut those on Apple's own online refurbished store. That store was widely thought to have been run by Apple, but the company never confirmed its involvement. eBay was reported to have confirmed its involvement with Apple at the time, but later said those reports were untrue.

Is this for Real?

As in 2012, talk of the new eBay store is being met with a mix of enthusiasm and skepticism. One news outlet...

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