Cannibalizing an iPod mini Can Be Profitable

Boing Boing reported on an unlikely benefit of taking apart an iPod mini: embedded inside is a Hitachi 4GB MicroDrive, available at separately for between $479 and $499. Reportedly, the only thing that has to be done in order to use the extracted MicroDrive in a digital camera or another CompactFlash-savvy device is:

  • mount the MicroDrive in a CompactFlash adapter,
  • insert the adapter in a computer,
  • reformat the MicroDrive using FAT.

How long will this arbitrage opportunity exist? Do you think any eBay PowerSellers are willing to commit enough capital to make quick profits? [ via MobileWhack ]