Yesterday, I listed four ways to get a Google+ invite. One of the ways was to simply buy a GooglePlus invite in eBay. I promised to give it a try, and report what happened.
You can buy Google+ (Plus) invites either via a bidding auction, or via a “Buy It Now” auction. At a glance, bidding auction prices were around $5.00 to $25.00 with 20-30 hours left to go. “Buy It Now” auction prices seemed to vary from $1.00 to $75.00.
Since I’m both cheap and impatient, I opted to buy a Google Plus invite for $1.00 using the “Buy It Now” functionality. The transaction took place, and the seller sent a message asking for the Gmail address I’d like the invite to be sent to. However, after sending him the info, he sent the bad news:
“I’m sorry invite option has been removed due to reaching capacity. They are supposed to open it up again here soon, would you like me to keep you posted and send one out when it re-opens or would you like me to refund your purchase?”
Is Google now rationing Google+ invites, or are eBay sellers taking advantage of desperate Google+ fans, hoping most people will just opt to lose $1 in the hopes of gaining an invite? This particular seller had a large number of positive reviews, including happy Google invite buyers, so I believe Google+ invite rationing IS in effect. [UPDATE: It’s now fully confirmed, Google stopped sending out Google+ invites, due to insane demand.]
Have you tried sending, buying, or selling a Google+ invitation recently? What was your experience?