Microsoft employees selling their “I made this” Xbox One consoles on eBay

Microsoft, to give back to those who worked hard to make the Xbox One possible, gave the crew a white Xbox One that said “I made this” on it. These consoles were a generous gift because, after all, these employees were simply doing their job. We know that many of the employees likely put in long hours, especially when it came time to lock down hardware designs and getting the RTM build of the Xbox One software ready for distribution.

So, Microsoft gives out a console as a token of appreciation and if you were thinking, “dang, I wish I could get one of these”, well, it looks like you can. If you head on over to eBay, there are several of these “I made this” edition of the consoles for sale right now.

This particular listing does not say if he or she is a Microsoft employee but they are an active eBayer with over 1200 ratings. At the time this post was written, the listing had been bid up to just shy of $1700.00

This certainly a rare opportunity to get your hands on this console as it is unlikely these devices will come up for sale again in the future. While we suspect Microsoft may eventually build a white Xbox One for the general consumer, much like they did with the black Xbox 360s, these is no guarantee a white console will ever hit the market.

Source: eBay

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cuz as more and more of them come out for sale, the item isn't so rare - looking like $1000 will be the plateau with early bidders cancelling. Time will tell.
I'm on the side with "M$ spent however much to make a special run of these things to reward hard work" - it's a bitch-slap to sell it. yes, I'll take some whine with my dinner.

My opinion is that it is their console at this point (unless Microsoft required something to be signed stating otherwise) and they can do as they please with it. It isn't any different than my brother giving me a Xbox One as a Christmas present and me selling it or returning it.

Is it distasteful? Maybe.
Is it morally wrong? Maybe.
Is a bunch of people who didn't get one whining about it? Yes.

Not everyone is a gamer and needs a Xbox One. Can't blame them...

If I'm not a gamer, $1700 > A console I won't use

And if really they want a Xbox One, they will buy the standard black model and still make a $1200 profit.

Does the white console plays game better and justifies to lose $1200?

Brilliant financial move. I would have done the same thing, as I reckon most of the "high and mighty" people here would have, as well.

I would sell it if I received one (sell it for a high cost, then buy a new regular one and donate the rest of the money left over)

It won't be too long before a white console is released anyway, along with a multitude of other colours/game editions I'm sure...

As if working for Microsoft doesn't put enough money in their pockets. If I was someone at Microsoft, I'd consider this offensive to the entire company.

Greed is not a good thing.

dead.cell said,
Selling those on the other hand was probably a good idea.

With the benefit of hindsight, perhaps. Though some would argue that HD-DVD was the more consumer friendly format, and only lost because Sony bundled a Blu-Ray drive with the PS3. Microsoft really should've bet on HD-DVD and included that in every console too.

TCLN Ryster said,

With the benefit of hindsight, perhaps. Though some would argue that HD-DVD was the more consumer friendly format, and only lost because Sony bundled a Blu-Ray drive with the PS3. Microsoft really should've bet on HD-DVD and included that in every console too.

/facedesk

Lord Method Man said,

/facedesk

Care to actually counter my points then instead of flinging childish gestures around?

HD-DVD was the more consumer friendly choice. It made use of existing production lines with only minor modifications, yet Blu-Ray needed entirely new production lines. Discs would've therefore been cheaper in the long run. And it's widely accepted that Sony's backing of the format by including it in PS3 was the key battle winning move in the format war.

Not entirely sure what else I said that was "/facedesk" worthy.

HD-DVD was a better "now" option, but given where we're headed, I'm glad we went with Bluray. 4k content for instance is going to require much more space, as far as I can tell. I really wish there were better options for this sort of stuff including ways to stream such content, but I don't think we'll see that for a while.

dead.cell said,
Hey, sometimes Betamax still comes up!

I'm sure if Microsoft had backed it people here would still be talking about it like it was and still is the Christ Messiah of home video.

TCLN Ryster said,

Care to actually counter my points then instead of flinging childish gestures around?

HD-DVD was the more consumer friendly choice. It made use of existing production lines with only minor modifications, yet Blu-Ray needed entirely new production lines. Discs would've therefore been cheaper in the long run. And it's widely accepted that Sony's backing of the format by including it in PS3 was the key battle winning move in the format war.

Not entirely sure what else I said that was "/facedesk" worthy.


Blu-Ray was better because of three things.
1. It had a cool name instead of a 5 letter acronym (where it uses the same letter 3/5 times).
2. It used brand new technology, with a different laser frequency required. The fact that it's blue just makes it more interesting and sound technologically advanced.
3. It holds more storage, and more is always better.

Anyways, either doesn't matter because Blu-Ray arguably didn't become the standard. Chances are (whether or not 4k takes off), streaming is just going to be the new norm. There were two things Blu-Ray disks were good for. Transferring data and watching movies. We now have better options for both of those purposes.

Well..despite the fact you see thousands of people that go nuts over these gaming devices...there are some...and probably even employees that make a gaming system that could care less they get an xbox for all their hard work.

I know that's hard for the average gamer to digest..but trust me..not everyone cares to eat the same hamburger they flip for customers.

That's a bit sad.

MS gives them something nice and unique but all the employee thinks of is getting money for it.

Yes, while I have got things through my work, my future grandson will have them as they'd be a lot more money then.

If I had one of those, I would've locked it in the loft and left it for years. It'll be worth a lot more in the future. But instead the MS employees are thinking about themselves in the here and now.

Sir Topham Hatt said,
That's a bit sad.

MS gives them something nice and unique but all the employee thinks of is getting money for it.

Happens alll the time... I can understand in some cases, like if you win something at a company event (like a TV) but you already have a nice TV, then whatever sell it for a low price to someone who isn't as fortunate... but these people obviously wouldn't have already had an xbox so there is really no excuse for that. Even if they didn't want it, they should still accept it as a trophy of their hard work.

They probably vaguely had something to do with making it. And if someone else appreciates it more than them, I say let that match take place

That's got to be the biggest slap in the face to whoever decided that they should get a special version of this console in the first place. Wow.

I'm pretty sure that Microsoft expected a substantial number of these consoles to be sold. Token of appreciation - certainly, but it was gifted to folks who likely have the means to buy their own Xboxes. Not to mention, they'll also have the next-gen Xbox at work.

WizardCM said,
That's got to be the biggest slap in the face to whoever decided that they should get a special version of this console in the first place. Wow.

Not really, development consoles also sell for a lot more than standard consoles, that's just how it is, they're rarer.

WizardCM said,
That's got to be the biggest slap in the face to whoever decided that they should get a special version of this console in the first place. Wow.
It's not because you worked on the product that you're interested in having one. Or you might see the opportunity to sell this "special" edition and get money + a regular one, really they're the same, personally i don't really care what it looks like since I usually try to hide all that extra stuff and I don't want to see all the things plugged in to my tv