The popularity of Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference led to a quick sell out this year, and to an unexpected revenue stream from at least some developers: eBay ticket sales. Several eBay auctions show conference passes topping US$3,000 and have climbed as high as $4,000 only two days after the event sold out.
Apple announced the dates for this year’s WWDC event on Monday, March 28, and within hours had completely sold out of conference passes. With demand far outstripping supply, several entrepreneurial developers took to eBay to auction off their $1,599 passes for substantially more than face value.
Open eBay auctions are still on track to hit high selling prices, with passes climbing up over $2,300 and more than two days left before closing. Auctions showing Buy It Now options are listing tickets for $3,800, $3,950, and even $4,499.
Since developers are able to buy WWDC passes and transfer them before the tickets are registered, there isn’t anything stopping the sales. Apple allows for pass transfers so companies can purchase several at once and then assign them to employees, although in this case developers are using the option to sell their passes for more than they paid.
WWDC tickets aren’t cheap on eBay
WWDC is Apple’s annual event that connects iOS and Mac OS X developers with the company’s engineers, details future OS development plans, and offers focused training for developers and IT professionals. The event runs from June 6 through June 10 at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco.
Conference passes this year were priced at $1,599, although for at least some developers it seems the actual cost is much higher — and still climbing.