Following a fiasco with WWDC 2012 tickets which saw West Coast-based developers gasping after seeing that WWDC tickets had already sold out by the time they woke up, Apple is now apparently emailing some developers to inform them that their ticket purchase was “not eligible”. Ouch!
Apple is apparently canceling the $1,599 ticket purchases over a no-transfer policy. WWDC 2012 tickets are in high demand this year so some people readily turn to eBay to make a quick profit, such as this guy…
The Next Web explains:
The obvious problem with Apple’s logic in this is that, as the tweets show, many companies are buying WWDC tickets for more than one person. But since the address is the same it appears that Apple decided that more than one name from the same address meant people were up to no good.
An email from Apple allegedly states that “because you are not eligilbe to buy it, we are cancelling the WWDC ticket you bought this morning”.
The publication explains that Apple is reinstating the tickets that were legitimately purchased via companies. This still leaves in the cold individuals who bought a bunch of tickets in the hope of making a quick buck by re-selling them at a higher price.
Folks have been re-selling WWDC tickets in the past, but this is the first time, at least to my knowledge, that Apple began canceling ticket purchases over the practice.
Perhaps Apple is trying to make up for screwing West Coast developers by putting tickets on sale during the wee East Coast hours.
As you know, tickets for Apple’s annual developers conference, which runs from June 11 through June 15, sold out in two hours. Tickets don’t come cheap, costing $1,599 a pop.