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Bidding is still open for a coffee break with Apple CEO Tim Cook, but it will cost interested parties at least a half-million dollars to get into the running [updated]

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Update: The bidding price nearly doubled Friday morning, crossing the half-million-dollar mark and reaching $560,000. As of 10:55 a.m., the leading bidder was Clearcrate.com.

This week saw the launch of an offer on Charitybuzz for a winning bidder to get a half-hour to an hour's time spent having coffee with the Apple chief. While the offer had an initial estimated value of $50,000, bidding so far has blown past that, with the current top bid now $295,000.

The offer for coffee with Cook still has 18 days left until bidding closes, but it has already broken the record for the site's largest charity auction ever. It's outstripped the previous record holder ? for the chance to spend a day with former president Bill Clinton ? by $40,000 so far.

Proceeds for the auction will go toward The RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights. Bid prices do not include travel and accommodations.
post #2 of 55
I would say this is a strong vote of confidence in Tim Cook that many people with deep pockets approve of his leadership of Apple.
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Does this price include sugar?
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post #4 of 55
This article is so behind....



Current Bid: $505,000 (75 bids)
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edit: Article adjusted.
Edited by SolipsismX - 4/26/13 at 8:45am

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I imagine two scenarios where an individual can justify this kind of money for time with Cook:

 

1. An entrepreneur with a good idea and deep pockets.

2. A philanthropist with deep pockets and an appreciation for Apple.

 

Can anyone think of other scenarios?

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Yes, someone that bought a lot of aapl stock at $700.00
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Did you see what other celebrities are getting on that site? They're getting bids below the expected value. LOL! Tim Cook is obviously worth at least $300,000 per hour. 

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Originally Posted by jpvn View Post
Yes, someone that bought a lot of aapl stock at $700.00

 

That's pretty funny. lol.gif

 

You realize griping shareholders are going to be screened out of this meeting, yeah? No way would Cook waste his time with them, nor should he.

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This reminds me of storage wars. I never understood why some people would even bother to bid really low amounts at the beginning of an auction, when they know that there is a 100% chance that the item will never go for that low of a price. It seems like a waste of time. Did anybody truly believe that this Tim Cook auction would go for $5,000? lol.gif

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Yes, someone that bought a lot of aapl stock at $700.00

Or someone that bought stock at 70$ and is very happy to give to charity while counting his blessings.

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I imagine two scenarios where an individual can justify this kind of money for time with Cook:

1. An entrepreneur with a good idea and deep pockets.
2. A philanthropist with deep pockets and an appreciation for Apple.

Can anyone think of other scenarios?

How about anyone who has this kind of excess money at their disposal doesn't have to think twice about spending it?

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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

 

That's pretty funny. lol.gif

 

You realize griping shareholders are going to be screened out of this meeting, yeah? No way would Cook waste his time with them, nor should he.

I believe he is doing this for charity and will spend whatever time he has too with whomever wins the bid.

The reason the auction is for 30 minutes to 1 hour with Cook, is specifically for this reason. A douche will get 30 minutes, a reasonable person will get 60 minutes.

Or I hope for his sakes as it seems this might reach a million before it's over.

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I wouldn't be surprised if Larry Page or Samsung's CEO appeared.

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Originally Posted by See Flat View Post
…whomever wins the bid.

 

Originally Posted by CharityBuzz
Winning bidder and guest(s) subject to security screening. We expect all winning bidders and their guests to conduct themselves appropriately when attending an experience won at Charitybuzz. Polite manners and respect for the generous donor and adherence to any rules or parameters are a must.

Edited by Tallest Skil - 4/26/13 at 8:10am

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post #16 of 55

Free coffee refills I'd hope. And baked goods, yeah, that too!

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Or people whose tax rates are obviously too low if they have that kind of money to throw around ...
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I wonder how much this would go for if Steve Jobs was also the with Tim and Jony controlling Steve like in Weekend At Bernie's.


Too soon?

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Originally Posted by CharityBuzz
Winning bidder and guest(s) subject to security screening. We expect all winning bidders and their guests to conduct themselves appropriately when attending an experience won at Charitybuzz. Polite manners and respect for the generous donor and adherence to any rules or parameters are a must.

I assumed that meant terrorists and psychopaths. Not just unhappy shareholders.

post #20 of 55

Hey Tim,

I've got this brand new idea for a cool watch...

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This article is so behind....



Current Bid: $505,000 (75 bids)

Now, your comment is so behind as it's now up to $560K and growing.  LOL.

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Imagine what the price would be to do the same thing with Steve Jobs.  It would probably be double..

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It's really hilarious to look at the other bids - even those which are ending soon are only a tiny fraction of what Cook's coffee date is getting. Justin Bieber and The Jonas Brothers (and concert tickets for 4-which is probably several hundred dollars by itself) is about $12 K. The others are even lower.
Alec Baldwin - $2,000?

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post #24 of 55

What's unfortunate is even if someone pays this kind of money to sit down with Tim Cook, he's still not going to give you any specifics on new products.........  So, you still have to wait for that information just like everyone else.


About the most he'll tell you is what he's already said on these conference calls and interviews.....  I doubt you are going to get much more than that.  

 


I'm not trying to burst people's bubble, just setting realistic expectations as to the type of information Tim will give during the one on one interview.

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What's unfortunate is even if someone pays this kind of money to sit down with Tim Cook, he's still not going to give you any specifics on new products.

That may be why "we" would want to have coffee with Cook but I doubt the people who are bidding hundreds of thousands of dollars to charity are expecting to get some inside scope out of this.

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post #26 of 55

The important question is, will the coffee be on the house or would I have to pay for it? If it's on the house I'm considering a bid. 

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What's unfortunate is even if someone pays this kind of money to sit down with Tim Cook, he's still not going to give you any specifics on new products.........  So, you still have to wait for that information just like everyone else.


About the most he'll tell you is what he's already said on these conference calls and interviews.....  I doubt you are going to get much more than that.  

 


I'm not trying to burst people's bubble, just setting realistic expectations as to the type of information Tim will give during the one on one interview.

 

Uh, obviously. If anyone is bidding expecting to get even a shred of a hint of information that is not already public from Tim, then they're fools. I wouldn't even bother asking, it would be a waste of valuable time. I'd definitely prepare a list of topics before hand that I would be interested in discussing with him, which would be mainly "big picture" stuff, and also to try to egt some insight as to him as a person. 

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Or people whose tax rates are obviously too low if they have that kind of money to throw around ...

I'd downrate this comment if the system permitted.

post #29 of 55
So a middle aged graying old man gets much higher bids than the latest young hot celebs?! That's hilarious! lol.gif I wonder if Steve Ballmer was one of the dates how high a bid he would get?! 1tongue.gif
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I'm bidding 50 cents to have coffee with Steve Ballmer assuming he pays for the coffee.
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Yes, someone that bought a lot of aapl stock at $700.00

Wouldn't have any money to bid.
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post #32 of 55
Mindboggling. Talk about blind date pressure. I don't care who you are, you're going to feel awkward sitting down to chat with a stranger knowing they paid half a million dollars or more just for the privilege of meeting you.

It would be funny if the high bidder is Jony Ives. Better yet it's Tim Cook himself so he doesn't have to meet with someone.
post #33 of 55

It's just coffee.  It's not as if he is going to spill any secret details while you two are chatting it up.  

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I wonder if Steve Ballmer was one of the dates how high a bid he would get?! 1tongue.gif

 

I reckon 5 kilos of bananas would clinch a date dance with from Monkey Boy!

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Charitybuzz is a for-profit company that keeps 20% of the money donated BEFORE donating "100% of net proceeds" to the charity.
 
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post #36 of 55
Ok that's it, I'm gonna open an espresso stand. I wonder what to expect in the tip jar for a half million dollar cup of coffee. 1biggrin.gif
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He'd better put out.
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edit: Article adjusted.

LOL. Now if they'll care enough to spell check like the big boy sites...

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It's just coffee.  It's not as if he is going to spill any secret details while you two are chatting it up.  

Stop it. You'll that'll make NBC News' Brian Williams jealous.

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I'm bidding 50 cents to have coffee with Steve Ballmer assuming he pays for the coffee.

As long as you don't ask for Java.

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