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Apple's WWDC sells out; scalpers price tickets up to $4,600

Gregg Keizer, Computerworld | March 29, 2011
The quick sell-out of Apple's WWDC prompted several people to scalp tickets on eBay and Craigslist, with some priced as high as $4,599, nearly triple the sticker price of $1,599.

Schwarzhoff also argued that while the iPod and iPhone have been successes for Apple, the iPad is the first to really pique the interest of business software developers. "You're seeing demand [for WWDC] from the more traditional IT and computing industry because of the iPad," he said. "The iPad is affecting areas that previously weren't affected by a pure consumer device."

Appcelerator managed to score a pair of WWDC tickets yesterday before the event sold out.

"But now we've got a kind of internal eBay thing going on," said Schwarzhoff, where engineers who want to go to the conference are trying to convince him to give up his team's ticket for various favors.

WWDC isn't the only developer event to be targeted by scalpers. Last month, Google's I/O conference, slated to run May 10-11, sold out in under an hour. The $450 tickets quickly hit resell sites at multiple times their face value.

Google I/O ticket prices on eBay currently range from $500 to $2,950.


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