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Google I/O tickets listed at alarming prices in eBay auctions

We've got nothing against capitalism and making a quick buck here and there, but there's something just ... wrong about tickets to the Google I/O developer's conference being auctioned off for more than $1,300.

Sure, the event sold out in just 59 minutes, and there's going to be more browser, search and Android news than can be contained in 48 hours -- plus the parties, food and strong possibility of free stuff. But considering the general-admission price of a ticket was $$450/550 and are now going for more than double that -- and student/teacher tickets are going for a good $400 or so over face value -- well, it just leaves a bad taste in our mouths for what is an exceptional event that not enough people get to attend.

The good news is that Google will stream the keynote addresses live both days, and session videos will go up later, so it's not like you completely miss out if you're not there. In the meantime, however, let's hope that Google or eBay or (gasp) the sellers do the right thing here. [eBay (opens in new tab) via Android Police]

  • someone didn't get a ticket.
  • Guys, the event didn't sell out in 59 minutes. It sold out in 7 days and 59 minutes. People that went to IO last year got a week to register early to beat the rush. The remaining tickets went on sale that Monday, and *those* tickets sold out in 59 minutes.
  • lol
    Yo Phil do you have a ticket?
  • This makes me sick. I hope Google buys all the tickets to find out who's selling them and then bans them from Google I/O for life. This is such bull****
  • Interesting but I don't see a feasible way to enforce this. Besides, the prices are what the market will bear. It's crappy but it is what it is.
  • Entry tickets are not often available for resale, especially not for profit. I'm guessing these sellers aren't licensed to distribute Google products and are just trying to turn these tickets around for a premium. The problem is that it's illegal -- same as scalping tickets at an event venue. The only person who benefits is the person who sells to the ticket; the company that hosts the event loses out potential margin in the form of whatever profit the reseller makes, and the buyer pays above fair market value for an item due to exploitation and manipulation of supply/demand economics by the reseller. I can understand your argument because n the surface it seems like a fairly benign issue. After all, it's the buyer's prerogative to pay whatever they feel is appropriate/affordable for the item. But auctioning an item that's legally unavailable for resale (for a significant profit, to boot) is pretty unethical.
  • I had a press registration last year and this year, but I can't remember if regular registrations were transferable. If not, than this is even more shady. :-/
  • I'm not familiar with google i/o but I was just thinking in general. I agree that it's unethical but it's never enforced. Google would be best suited to enforce it by purchasing said tickets and then barring them from ever purchasing again. Actually, scalping rules vary state to state - Georgia (where I am) actually allows it so long as you register and follow certain guidelines. Depending on the conditions of sale, they might even be able to sell them too (I dunno about google i/o).
  • Come on Phil, pony up you tite ward. Only kidding, I bet there will be some kind of security looking for scalping.
  • Just a clarification, Phil. The regular price is $450, not $550. $550 would have been starting from April 17th, if the registration went for that long. Student/academia was $150 and now going over $1300 when sold.
  • Good point. Also moot, since it sold out, but still correct. :) I've updated.
  • This really sucks. I spent a couple hours fighting 403's and other server errors when the crush of people went on to register and did not get in meanwhile people who have no interest in going and just looking to profit off of it screwing legit devs out of going.
  • You know you wanted some free stuff... its okay jonny boy
  • No kidding. Every ticket found online should be suspended immediately.
  • Okay, I agree that it's frustrating not to have been able to get a ticket. But come on - to assume that everyone who wants to sell their ticket is a scalper - that's just too lame. If someone has a ticket and are not able to go, then it should be perfectly okay if they sell it. Do you seriously think that the alternative (that nobody gets to take advantage of the ticket) is better?
  • There's a difference between recouping your own expenses and flipping the tickets at a premium. The first scenario makes sure you're not at a loss. The second scenario is a deliberate action to take advantage of a short supply in order to make a profit. While even selling a ticket for the price you bought it for is illegal in some instances (non-transferable tickets), I wouldn't say it's unethical, especially if you can't attend the event due to some exigent circumstance. But there's no excuse for selling your ticket on eBay (of all places) in order to make a 300% profit. The 'Buy it Now' feature is there for a reason.
  • Those Free Goodies, do make this ticket quite valuable. Remember last year?
  • hmm after seing this post im wondering if i should sell my ticket...i could pay for the free swag you get and still have more money...this post is making me think edit: actually what i should have done is bought 2 and sold one...oh well maby next year