Found the following auction on Twitter this morning:
I thought the $600 offers I saw a week or so ago on Twitter were high. Sheesh.
When registration opened for Google IO, I was part of the mayhem. When my registration page died, I tried to come to terms with the fact that I might not get to Google IO this year. An hour later I pulled the classic move of grabbing the page from my cache and refreshing. Sure enough, I was in–Boot Camp and all.
There was an immediate outcry on Twitter about how Google IO was no longer a developer’s conference–it was a freeloader’s conference. Last year, Google handed out free HTC Evo’s to everyone there. This year, people are speculating a Motorola Xoom tablet as the freebie. (I wouldn’t mind one bit, but I’m not sure I believe that. My guess is that they’ll probably be giving out leftover CR-48 Chrome notebooks.)
I’ll be interested to see what Google does to fix this problem (assuming they view it as a problem). My guess is they’ll change the policies on ticket reselling. Either that, or only give freebies to those who actually show up, to discourage people from buying a ticket in hopes that they’ll get a slick device in the mail without actually attending the conference. Either way, $2,000 is a decent profit to make from an academia ticket that originally cost $150. I’d be tempted to do it myself if it weren’t for the fact that I really want to go to the conference (it’ll be my first time). Oh, and the fact that we’re going to Disneyland afterwards.
And here’s to hoping they’ll still give away cool things in the future.
Are you going to Google IO 2011? Did you buy a ticket from someone else? Are you trying to sell your ticket? How do you think Google should solve the scalping problem? Let’s hear your opinions in the comments.