A recent auction suggests that one Apple employee would have just preferred money instead of their anniversary award. After 20 years with the company, the employee put it up for auction, where bidding started at $2500 — a little more than the cost of an M3 Pro MacBook Pro with 1TB of storage.
The auction stayed up for just over two weeks, where it was bid on 7 times and eventually sold for $5,316. This is not the first time Apple Anniversary awards have been caught at auction, with this 10-year anniversary award currently on eBay for $2,000.
A monumental 20 years
This award was originally granted in 2020, with a card from Apple CEO Tim Cook. In the time this employee has worked at Apple, the company has launched the iPod, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watches, and saw the unfortunate passing of Steve Jobs and Tim Cook’s takeover of the role.
Apple says the award, ‘ is made from the same 6000 series aluminum that we use to make our products. Remnants from the production process are collected and reformulated to create a 100 percent recycled, custom alloy. The alloy is cast into long ingots, then each ingot is sliced into blocks that are machined to the finished size”.
It’s important to point out that each award has the name of the employee on it. Though the auction doesn’t reveal the name, the description does use she/her pronouns, and the purchaser will receive the award with the employee's name etched on. This could suggest that whoever was given this award is no longer at Apple, especially if you consider that she waited three years to sell her award. As well as the 20-year award, Apple has given a 10, 30, and 40-year award, with employees getting a signed plaque after five years.
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After having retired from one industry as well as received similar awards, I can assure you that I probably would have done what this person did if I was certain I could fetch a decent price for it. My previous awards that I have going back to my time in the United States Marine Corps are all in a box and are rarely seen.Reply
Yeah, I'd be trading it in as well. The cash is more needed in Retirement these days.Reply
The cash would be nice, but at the same time, after reading about others selling their gifts from Apple, I would almost be tempted to hang on to them, because they seem to increase in value.Reply
Annie_M said:The cash would be nice, but at the same time, after reading about others selling their gifts from Apple, I would almost be tempted to hang on to them, because they seem to increase in value.
Yeah, wait until you're 90, then see how much it's worth.
Yeah... it's like Hummel and Precious Moment figurines... and not to mention... Beanie Babies from 20 years ago! LOL!Ledsteplin said:Yeah, wait until you're 90, then see how much it's worth.