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Get your gmail on eBay

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8:22 pm on Apr 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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WOW... 53 auctions listed... current top bid $79.18. ;)
8:30 pm on Apr 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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i remember those orkut invites :)
8:40 pm on Apr 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Wow, I should have done that myself, the people I gave my invites to were less than interested :)
10:44 pm on Apr 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Sheesh. Am I the only one who regards this practice as rather sleazy?

Maybe I just have really geeky friends, but I had a hard time deciding which ones to give my 2 free invites to, and they were extremely grateful. I'm looking forward to getting more invites, and I know my friends are, too.

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I took careful consideration of who I invited as well, but the reaction was just 'who cares?'
Maybe I just thought my friends would be as interested as me in Gmail :)
I agree with you that it's a bit sleazy to sell the invites, though.
11:54 pm on Apr 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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still havent got my invite... :(
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Wow, the deals are getting better and better..... Bids are up to $127.50 with FREE shipping.

Free Shipping?

It took this to get me back to watching eBay.

1:13 am on May 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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They are fake bids, or they're bids by ebay deficient users.

Scroll down and you find some "buy it now" at 100$.

11:04 am on May 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Interesting thread:

I know a little bit about sleaze from living here in the UK, perhaps I can share a thought on this topic with you all.

If the practice is sleazy or not?

It is certainly absolutely as sleazy as you think it is :-)

Boring or topical you decide. y/n answers on a postcard to ebay.com please :-)

hth
OT: sleaze apparent brought down a government here.

3:25 pm on May 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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*Sigh* still haven't got my invite :P

Definitely sleazy.

4:14 pm on May 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Definately not worth it :)

While interesting i'm already not a fan. Takes some getting used to and i don't like being reminded all the time to try this and that or if i'm bored to read some google news or read some ads that show alongside my emails

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I find it somewhat ironic that people who feel it is perfectly ok for gmail to abuse others' intellectual property have some problem with people auctioning gmail invites.
6:23 pm on May 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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.. gmail to abuse others' intellectual property ...

Well, they don't, but it's been argued about for quite a while :P
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Makes some good reading.

What I think is just a little silly is that they're selling for upwards of $150! That's got to be the most expensive free e-mail account ever! Presumably these are being purchased by those among us with rather more money than sense ;)

Can't wait 'til Gmail's ready for the rest of us non-invitees.

-- James.

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I find it somewhat ironic that people who feel it is perfectly ok for gmail to abuse others' intellectual property have some problem with people auctioning gmail invites.

I'm almost afraid to ask how this is even vaguely related. But instead, I'll simply say... oh man, not again! :D

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*Chuckle* definitely been there [webmasterworld.com], done that [webmasterworld.com] and got the T-shirt [webmasterworld.com] :D
6:47 pm on May 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Presumably these are being purchased by those among us with rather more money than sense

On that note...

I'd like to invite someone to use a totally free email service! It's the latest and greatest! Pay me $200 and find out how to sign up for your very own MSN account today!

Hmmmm.... No takers?

Ok, how about a trade for a Gmail invite? Still no?

Oh well. Guess I'll wait with the masses for free Gmail because I haven't received my invite yet. (Sigh)

3:48 am on May 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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There is one ebay seller who obviously specializes in gmail accounts. He already sold 28 invites.

I am beginning to think this is part of G's PR strategy.

If it weren't, that could not happen. And I am starting to consider THAT as sleazy ...

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I have purchased several and am not done.

Pure speculation.

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The invites themselves are nothing special. When people start seeling generic names we'll see some good bidding happening.
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why would I want a generic gmail account? and pay a lot of money for it on top of that?

spam might not be as much of an issue as with others, but why not just forward your 'real' addresses to anybody20372@gmail.com?!

jrj2020

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I think you'll hate me for this, but i just bought a gMail invite from ebay.co.uk for 24, and I think it's definately worth it! Saying that i wouldn't pay that for a subscription to an email account, so I don't really know :-S