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Auction winner pays $610K for cuppa with Apple CEO Tim Cook

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A charity auction for an hour's worth of coffee talk with Tim Cook closed on Tuesday, as the winning bid reached a lofty $610,000 for the one-on-one time with the Apple executive.

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The auction winner's final bid, as listed on CharityBuzz, crushed the estimated $50,000 value for the meeting. It is unknown who put in the winning bid, though that information is likely to be released at a future date.

Cook's auction began at the end of April, with starting bids of around $5,000 quickly skyrocketing to over $560,000 in only two days. Today's finalized bid set record for CharityBuzz's largest auction ever, which previously stood at $250,000 for a day with former president Bill Clinton.

The $610,000 price of entry gets the auction winner 30 minutes to an hour of face time with Cook, with the meet to take place at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino. Travel and lodging expenses were not included as part of the deal.

Proceeds for the auction will go toward The RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights.
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post
 Travel and lodging expenses were not included as part of the deal.

 

I think if you're paying 650k you're not exactly worried about that. 

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post #3 of 45
So who paid for this little meeting anyway? Larry Page or Eric Schmidt? Probably the only way they can get a meeting with Tim Cook. Hahahahahahaha.
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LOL at drblank 1smile.gif
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1) Mea Cuppa or Cuppa Cabana would make great names for a coffee/tea houses.

2) Do people in the US even use the term cuppa?

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People are completely missing the point of the massive bid amounts. 

 

The point is that this is what exposure to Tim Cook is worth to people, on a self-marketing level. Would anyone, for example, pay anywhere near that to meet the CEO of any other massive company? I doubt it. 

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And everyone needs to read about this 15 times a week for what?

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Would anyone, for example, pay anywhere near that to meet the CEO of any other massive company? I doubt it. 

Absolutely! For instance, imagine how much a Steve Jobs chat would be worth today considering it would also involve time travel. I'd think the time travel alone is worth billions. 1tongue.gif

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LOL at drblank 1smile.gif

Are you laughing at me or are you laughing at my post?  Just curious?


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Absolutely! For instance, imagine how much a Steve Jobs chat would be worth today considering it would also involve time travel. I'd think the time travel alone is worth billions. 1tongue.gif
If he was still alive Steve would have been $2 M, but he still was the CEO of this company, Steve Jobs was one of the most innovator ice people of recent history.
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1) Mea Cuppa or Cuppa Cabana would make great names for a coffee/tea houses.

2) Do people in the US even use the term cuppa?

No, in the US, we use the term "a cup of".  

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And everyone needs to read about this 15 times a week for what?

Because it's about Apple, it's on the internet, it's funny, and we have nothing better to do since our Apple gear actually works and we aren't wasting time rooting our OS, dealing with malware problems and going back and forth to the dealer to get our smartphones replaced because the thing died.

 

How's that?  Does that work for you?

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No, in the US, we use the term "a cup of".  

Too many regions don't enunciate that well. Double whammy if you're tired and waiting for your caffeine hit.

The word is older than I expected:
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cuppa
Edited by JeffDM - 5/14/13 at 2:28pm
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1) Mea Cuppa or Cuppa Cabana would make great names for a coffee/tea houses.

2) Do people in the US even use the term cuppa?

Those are really good but I've always been partial to Cuppa Feel.

Cuppa is actually a brit term for a cup of tea. Cup o' Joe would've been more US appropriate.
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Originally Posted by JeffDM View Post
Too many regions don't enunciate that well. Double whammy if you're tired and waiting for your caffeine hit.

 

Youbesprisehowmanpeopcanseemtaparstherwors.


Originally Posted by dasanman69 View Post
Those are really good but I've always been partial to Cuppa Feel.

 

*poof*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Huzzah! I'm gone!"

 

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Youbesprisehowmanpeopcanseemtaparstherwors.

"Huzzah! I'm gone!"

Not Cuppa Field but,


Cuppa Feel, big difference.
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People are completely missing the point of the massive bid amounts. 

 

The point is that this is what exposure to Tim Cook is worth to people, on a self-marketing level. Would anyone, for example, pay anywhere near that to meet the CEO of any other massive company? I doubt it. 


Some guy won an auction last year to lunch with Warren Buffet for a cool $3.5m.  So yeah, Warren really makes the play.

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Not Cuppa Field but,
 


Cuppa Feel, big difference.

 

Rihanna, getting manhandled again.

 

Somebody needs to slap that girl...

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I predict that they won't actually pay. The winner's name was a********s which is the right number of letters for "applesucks" and I'm sorry but even someone who could easily afford it just wouldn't pay so much for that prize. No one would.

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I predict that they won't actually pay.

 

In that case, they ought to be fined the falsified amount. The same goes for any online auction.

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Rihanna, getting manhandled again.

Somebody needs to slap that girl...

What does one say to a woman with 2 black eyes?

Nothing, she's been told twice already. lol.gif
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I predict that they won't actually pay. The winner's name was a********s which is the right number of letters for "applesucks" and I'm sorry but even someone who could easily afford it just wouldn't pay so much for that prize. No one would.

Maybe he's going for something similar to the whole 'Primus Sucks' thing.
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post #23 of 45
He should ask Tim to make a phone that won't break with the slighted drop.

I'm a customer with 5 phones, six macs, numerous Apple accessories and I'm ready to jump ship to Android because I'm sick of busted screens and unreasonable replacement fees.
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And also a Mac that won't break at the slightest drop?
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If he was still alive Steve would have been $2 M, but he still was the CEO of this company, Steve Jobs was one of the most innovator ice people of recent history.

If Steve was still alive this is unlikely to have happened anymore than Steve starting an endowment etc. Buddhists don't believe in public charity. To them it is an act that is more about the praise and attention and not the charity and is thus tainted and wrong focused.

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If Steve was still alive this is unlikely to have happened anymore than Steve starting an endowment etc. Buddhists don't believe in public charity. To them it is an act that is more about the praise and attention and not the charity and is thus tainted and wrong focused.

Christians are supposed to be the same way.
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He should ask Tim to make a phone that won't break with the slighted drop.

I'm a customer with 5 phones, six macs, numerous Apple accessories and I'm ready to jump ship to Android because I'm sick of busted screens and unreasonable replacement fees.

 

Maybe take care of your possessions? A car will get dented with the slightest crash. Do you complain to Ford?

 

Please do jump ship. We could do with fewer idiots.

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Rihanna, getting manhandled again.

Somebody needs to slap that girl...

I couldn't think of the guy's name she used to date. Then it hit me.

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Would anyone, for example, pay anywhere near that to meet the CEO of any other massive company?

Yahoo's CEO probably. As long as she doesn't laugh.
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The winner's name was a********s which is the right number of letters for "applesucks"

Isn't the winner's name anonymous? Judging by the fact the proceeds went to the RFK Center, maybe the bidder was Tim. He probably doesn't get much time to himself these days. It could even be Forstall wanting his old job back.

As long as it's not someone like Katy Huberty who wants to go round blabbing about some made up rubbish she wasn't told about.
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He should ask Tim to make a phone that won't break with the slighted drop.

Nope.

iPhone screens break, but not with a slighted (sic) drop. I've broken iPhone screens. They broke on pretty severe falls. 4ft onto rocky or concrete surfaces.

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I'm a customer with 5 phones, six macs, numerous Apple accessories

And what reason is there to believe this list? For all we know, you're a guy just typing things onto the internet.

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and I'm ready to jump ship to Android because I'm sick of busted screens and unreasonable replacement fees.

Assuming this is true, go check out the Android maker's replacement fees before you leap. They're often as high or higher.
Edited by JeffDM - 5/14/13 at 7:50pm
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Assuming this is true, go check out the Android maker's replacement fees before you leap. They're as high or higher.

And he's in California so he can get the AC+ for $100. Speaking of, I finally busted an iPhone display after 6 years so I'll need to pay $50 to get mine replaced.

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Congrats to Sam Sung.
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If he was still alive Steve would have been $2 M, but he still was the CEO of this company, Steve Jobs was one of the most innovator ice people of recent history.

 

"most innovator ice people" ???

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If he was still alive Steve would have been $2 M, but he still was the CEO of this company, Steve Jobs was one of the most innovator ice people of recent history.

 

If he were still alive, he wouldn't do it! Steve stopped all official Apple philanthropic work remember? 

 

Edit: charlituna said the same thing.


Edited by BestKeptSecret - 5/15/13 at 12:21am
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Isn't the winner's name anonymous?

Oh yes, that's probably a more likely version :)

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No, in the US, we use the term "a cup of".  

Ahhh but who invented the language. Clue, it was a helluva lot earlier than America existed as a colony. ;-)

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I couldn't think of the guy's name she used to date. Then it hit me.

 

You know, we really shouldn't give the guy such a hard time. He used to suffer from depression.

 

Until he beat it...

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Not Cuppa Field but,


Cuppa Feel, big difference.

That would actually be coppa feel

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That would actually be coppa feel

Look at the picture again. If that isn't cupping I don't know what is.
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*poof*

This also has another meaning in England...

But I don't think it applies to David Copperfield.

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