Win the Laptops I Used to Write The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Body…and More (EFF Benefit)


(Photo: Aaron Benitez)

Would you like to win one of four laptops (and a dozen other items) that I used to write three bestselling books?

Given that a galley of The 4-Hour Workweek once sold on eBay for $2,600, these could end up being collector’s items.  Stranger things have happened.

This post details how to get them.

All funds raised will go to the EFF. More on this important organization later…

The Gear

Each item will be signed by me and delivered to the FOBO offices, where you can pick them up at your convenience, or have them delivered to you via Shyp.

To start off, let’s take a look at the laptops.

They’ve traveled with me through more than 20 countries. Nearly all of my biggest successes since 2004 can be traced to these machines. Hard drives are not included (sorry!), but good karma and mojo is.

Pics are below, and here are basics:

The Acer with “Brazilian Top Team” sticker — This was used for all the notes that became the original 4-Hour Workweek. It was bought in Berlin in 2004 and traveled with me for nearly 18 months around the world, including the Tango World Championships in Buenos Aires (in the “Intro” to 4HWW) and much more.

The Sony Vaio with California sticker — This was used for the very first full draft of The 4-Hour Workweek.

The Dell with Japanese stickers — This was used to write the entire Updated and Revised edition of 4HWW, as well as the original notes for The 4-Hour Body.

MacBook Pro with tons of stickers — This was used to write The 4-Hour Body, start to finish.

Before the pics, please note that I’m offering more than laptops. More than a dozen other items will be available starting tomorrow (2/13/14), including a brand-new (never opened) GoPro Hero3 Black Edition, a pair of LSTN Ebony Wood Troubadours headphones, high end digital scales, and a ton more.

How to Get This Stuff

The auctions will start at noon on Thursday, February 13th on FOBO.

If you’re in San Francisco and haven’t tried it, it’s a slick new app for selling electronics in less than 2 hours; I’m an investor and love it.

Rather than their normal 97-minute auctions, in which everything posted is guaranteed to sell, FOBO is doing special 4-hour auctions. It’ll be a lot of fun, and every dollar goes to the EFF.

Please note — Since FOBO is currently limited to San Francisco, be sure to:

  • Join from within city limits, or
  • Have a friend in SF make your offers for you.

Hope to see you during the auctions!

More About The EFF

I’m a long-time supporter of the EFF, The Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Simply put, they defend your rights in a digital world, where companies and governments can monitor and abuse you. They’re currently fighting the NSA’s massive phone and online surveillance activities. Even if you don’t participate in the above auctions, I hope you donate to support them.

More — Based in San Francisco, the EFF is a donor-supported membership organization working to protect fundamental rights regarding technology; to educate the press, policymakers and the general public about civil liberties issues related to technology; and to act as a defender of those liberties.

Posted on: February 11, 2014.

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37 comments on “Win the Laptops I Used to Write The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Body…and More (EFF Benefit)

  1. Glad you’re supporting EFF. I think what many don’t realize is how serious this whole surveillance thing is. Like everything you say in court can be used against you, everything you said or did that was recorded online or over the phone, could be used against you.. years from now.

    On the other hand, there are many brilliant and influential people (including yourself and your network) out there who are already making lots of positive impact…

    Who knows, maybe “Lifestyle Design for the Established Rich” is the answer, weird as is sounds. It’s probably fair to assume that many of the wealthiest and most powerful people on this planet probably can never get enough…. Maybe those same folks should read posts like
    “Filling the Void: Thoughts on Learning and Karma”
    : )


    • The danger is even worse. People will often say “I have nothing to hide” and excuse surveillance in the name of safety, but here’s the question:

      What happens when a regime in power is able to wiretap/monitor all members of Congress and the Senate? You end up with an executive branch that can blackmail lawmakers, that’s what. Terrifying.



  2. I’m reminded of the humorous Kindle book that’s a spoof of how-to-succeed books —”The Very Minute Manager”—where (jokingly) a guy is made to believe that keeping a laptop for hours on his lap will transform his anatomy (the part that lies beneath his laptop).


  3. I’m looking for a new device – laptop or tablet – to start my own blog, publishing media, and editing videos for soccer related topics. Any suggestions? Any favorites?

    This is my first post Tim. Thanks for inspiring me to get moving!!


  4. Tim,

    You’re always putting me on to some good stuff!
    I took action and sent the pre-written letter EFF provides to my elected officials in Florida.

    Keep up the good work,

    – J


  5. Hi Tim,

    sadly I am in Germany and can´t participate at the auction (if I understood correctly). Will there be a similat event open worldwide?

    Anyway very cool idea so good luck and tons of fun!




  6. Hi Tim,

    I love your talent of putting the right thing together. It seems that everything you do is thought out so deeply.

    I mean, you decided to donate to a cause. But not any cause. One that fits with the whole thing… A cause in SF, related to electronics.

    It is just amazing to see your talents unfold like it was natural.

    With much appreciation,


  7. Hi Tim, This idea is for your tv show (Tim Ferris Experimental), maybe it improves your show.

    I know you are a fantastic learner, I saw it in your blogs, videos and books. But I think you want to change the educational system, showing other alternatives in the way they learn.

    But no every body think that they can just for see you do it.

    This is the idea, challenge other to apply your techniques, let the people participate in it, like a reallity show, so if they success, a lot people will want to prove it (me too).

    Best regards,

    Gustavo Orrego.


  8. Dude Tim,

    Is there a way to get around needing IOS in order to use the service? I’m on android and windows so :( 3/4 of those laptops are windows too, so where is the love?

    BTW: That Sony vaio is the gem of that lot.



  9. That is so fantastic. If i’d live in SF (and have 3000$ for an old laptop), i’d buy one for SURE. Too bad there are no hard drives, nobody knows about Undelete anyway ;-)

    Good luck to the bidders!