This iPhone 8 model costs $750 brand new, but a YouTuber bought a damaged one on eBay for $200 and completely restored it


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  • Australian YouTuber Hugh Jeffreys completely restored an Apple iPhone 8 he purchased in terrible condition on eBay for about $200.
  • He had to buy some extra parts, like a new glass panel for the display, a new housing, and a new battery.
  • Still, Jeffreys ended up with a 256GB iPhone 8 for much less than a brand new model from Apple, or even an Apple refurbished model.

Perhaps it’s my recent obsession with watching car restoration videos on YouTube, but I found Australian YouTuber Hugh Jeffreys’ restoration of a damaged iPhone 8 very satisfying. 

Apart from satisfaction, it was also amazing that an iPhone in such bad shape could be cheaply purchased on eBay and restored to look brand new, and even customized with an exterior color that the iPhone 8 doesn’t even come in.

What Jeffreys essentially ended up with is an iPhone 8 with 256GB of storage that cost him under $400 and a little bit of time. That’s not a bad proposition when a brand new 256GB iPhone 8 costs $750 US. Even if you bought a 256GB iPhone 8 from Apple’s refurbished store, it would cost you $630.

Check out what Jeffreys did and watch his video below:

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This is what he started off with. A black iPhone 8 with a cracked back and cracked screen.

The iPhone still worked, but it would shut off when it ran off battery power. It only stayed on when connected to power.

The inside of the iPhone was full of dust and dirt, as the display was previously replaced but the water and dust resistant gaskets weren’t re-added.

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