Want a Google Wave Invite? Check Out eBay

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Feel the urge to surf the Google Wave to the extent that you’d be willing to spend as much as $157 to get an invite? Believe it or not, some are bidding that much as proven by a food blogger who put up an auction for a Wave invite at eBay. (Reminds me of the GMail accounts being sold on eBay when GMail launched back in the day.)

According to WSJ Bits, food blogger Hagan Blount wanted to find out if the hype over Google Wave is enough to generate hits for an eBay auction so he put up the auction the day before Google released the 100,000 invites. And guess what? On the day of the Wave beta release, Blount’s Wave invite auction at eBay has already received 12,000 views.

Throughout the day of Wave invite release, the auction received 33 bids until a winning bid was finally reached at $157. The foodie blogger also received dozens of messages on his eBay inbox asking if his auction was for real. One bidder even offered to buy his “Wave invite” for $700 while another was apparently willing to buy it for $27,000 according to the WSJ.

A current search on eBay for “Google Wave” shows several invites still for sale. And who said that patience is a virtue?

Loren Baker
Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
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  • Joe Brooks

    Splash Back – How Google Wave’s Beta selection is FLAWED.

    This post will appear in every single Technology Blog comment section that deals with Google Wave.

    On May 27th, 2009 I remember waking up early that morning because I heard that Google was going to announce something special. As we all know that product turned out to be Google Wave, a product that Google claims to be what email would be if it were invented today. On that day they announced that the sandbox was going to be open for developers only, and that a limited release would come later in the year to a select few people who signed up using their sign up form.

    I immediately signed up because I knew that Google Wave would be very useful for my two lines of work. As the days and months passed I read every single article from blogs like this one, I viewed countless Youtube videos that demoed exactly how Google Wave works. My excitement grew.

    It was then announced that September 30th, 2009 “100,000” new users would be allowed into the Google Wave beta. I figured since I signed up early and I put in a detailed reason how I would use Google Wave I would certainly be among the first to get an invite. I was wrong.

    I have been a loyal Googler. When the search engine launch I shared with my then High School friends why Google was better then that altavista/dogpile site they were using. When Gmail came out I announced to my College friends that they should make the switch as I called Gmail revolutionary. When Google acquired Blogger I bought a damn Blogger logo sweater and wore it around campus.

    Google – why wasn’t I invited to Google Wave?

    I know of countless individuals on twitter who didn’t even use your pathetic sign-up form that I filled out on May 27th who have since gone on to receive invitations just for begging on twitter! One of my twitter friends was “nominated” 12 hours before he received an account. Meanwhile, my wait has been over 6 months.

    Your process for rolling out products is COMPLETELY UNFAIR.

    You claim that there are scalability issues when it comes to your new service and this is why you are only limiting “100,000” invitations initially. I call BS on this. Your plan is to create hype around the product with a limited release like you did with Gmail and Google Voice. Who are we kidding? You are Google, you have enough resources to copy every single website around the world every few minutes, but you can’t scale new users on this new product?

    The only people who can activate new Google Wave users are located in Australia. How about flying two employees to the great western hemisphere and keep them knocking off people in the original queue – you know, the list of people who signed up the morning of May 27th, 2009.

    I understand the importance of Google Wave. I work part-time with a news gathering organization and I see how Google Wave can be very useful for the journalism world. I also work full-time as a web developer and Google Wave will be a benefit in the collaboration of building websites.

    I would be a person who would be using Google Wave every minute of every day – but I probably won’t get invited for another 6 months because of some idiotic sign up process.

    Screw you Google.



  • John Scott Cothill

    Yeah… I’m selling my “Google Wave” ๐Ÿ™‚ – 100% to charity. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270464384882

  • JeanetteJoy

    I also signed up long ago. I do have a great Twitter account, gmail user forever, blogger, Picassa, etc. Twitter doesn’t help you get an invite. Perhaps the wave won’t kill Twitter after all because Goggle Wave snobbery will create loyalty to Twitter.

    It’s ironic that this is streamed with Google Reader.


  • Jonathan Nelson

    insane, but expected. especially from what we saw/experienced with gmail.

    fortunately you don’t have to pay to try and get an invite. we’ve setup an application to help people request and give invites. we launched it last night and have already received 15k request. at one point we were averaging 10-15 new requests every 8 seconds or so. you can sign up at http://googlewaveinvites.com/invite/

    i’d also encourage your readers to join the forums over there too. a lot of our members have received their invite and are using the forum to shares invites.

  • designvore

    I haven’t even thought of selling my invites. I know I have filled out the form to get an invite when it was possible but I didn’t get the invite this way. I don’t even know if they’ve invited “regular” people and I’m sure only developpers are invited till now.

  • Brian Honey

    I will “buy” a Google Wave invite, in exchange for a virtual “wave” which I will send via email to the seller. This virtual “wave” will consist of a one-word message simply saying “Wave.”

    There, I’ve already paid for it, actually. Invite please…

  • KA

    Well i’m not one of the lucky ones to get an invite… yet, but I don’t think I’ll be paying for one! i’d rather wait for it to open up.

  • John Almen

    I would love to receive a Google invite. I’ll be sure to share once I get my invite. My email address is “sfwjtycaqt9c2jm@jetable.net”. This email address looks weird since its a way to prevent spam.

    Thanks !!!!!!

  • Dingchao

    I’ve already sent a request to Google, hope they would give me a chance to try the Google Wave, seems this is a very cool service, this is why I love Google so much, they always give us surprise. They just released Google Voice, now Google Wave. How wonderful!

  • IMGuru

    i was wondering if what procedure google followed to send out invitation codes… Coz i registered long ago ….and i havent received..

  • Natasha Shine

    For those of you who are interested in getting a Google Wave invite you should check out my latest blog post: Google Wave invites up for grabs! (http://blog.6rounds.com/google-wave-invites-grabs/)

  • TK Pandey

    Great Blog. Insane, but expected. especially from what we saw/experienced with gmail. I appreciate your work and hopping for some more informative posts.

  • unlimited

    Hi there, anyone got a spare invite? Please share! ๐Ÿ˜‰