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WWDC 2011 tickets go up for auction on eBay

updated 09:30 am EDT, Tue March 29, 2011

Prices go as high as $1,000 over original cost

Tickets for WWDC 2011 are already appearing on eBay, accounts say. One ticket on auction is currently priced at about $3,150, nearly double the $1,599 originally asked by Apple. Another is valued at $2,500 after 12 bids, despite there being over nine days left before the auction closes.

Such high prices can be largely attributed to the fact that WWDC sold out within a matter of hours. The reason for such a rapid turnaround is unknown, though, given that Apple may not actually be making its usual iPhone announcement at the conference. The company is so far only promising to "unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS," likely meaning iOS 5 and Mac OS X Lion. iOS 5 may in fact arrive in the fall, which could mean that the next iPhone will arrive at the same time, in part because Apple has traditionally tried to synchronize iPhone and iOS updates.

by MacNN Staff



  1. TomSawyer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Freakin' scalpers!

    Can't get decent tickets for entertainment/sports events and now they're even dipping into niche programmers conferences. Gimme a break!

  1. sammaffei

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Something a little screwy going on...

    There on bidder who keeps bidding it up, but he/she is a brand new eBay member. Methinks there is some shill bidding afoot.

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A shame...

    These "people" are NOT real Apple developers, they are greedy opportunists... If Apple can find out who they are they should be deleted from "announcement lists."

  1. sribe

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If Apple can find out who they are...

    Apple should buy the tickets ;-) Then they identify the scalpers and can deal with them as they see fit.

  1. Marook

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If the ticket registration is for the Developer account, with the Developers NAME on it, the ticket can be deemed re-sold without Apples permission and the buyer and seller can be denied access to the conference.

    Fight back - HARD!

  1. Sebastien

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Violates eBay rules

    Tickets for any event (concert or otherwise) cannot be sold for more than the original price. These auctions are in clear violation of this rule.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Now we know why the event sold out in a matter of hours. A bunch of scalpers bought the tickets in hopes of making a buck.

    And the best way for the Apple developer-base to fight back is to not buy scalped tickets. That's the only way to fight back. Apple can't do much to 'hurt' them after they're sold (heck, very little before they're sold).

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The reason for such a rapid turnaround is unknown, though, given that Apple may not actually be making its usual iPhone announcement at the conference.

    Maybe that's why people are selling them?

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