Gmail Invites Flood The Market, Prices Crash

from the how-do-you-feel-now dept

When we first heard that people were actually paying good money to get themselves a soon-to-be-free Gmail account, we couldn't believe it. Who would pay for a free email account? Apparently, the answer is a lot of people. Either way, this week Gmail started giving out plenty of new invites, which has flooded the market and devalued the price. Still, it makes you wonder how those who spent hundreds of dollars on a simple email account feel now. Either way, it appears that Google is now a big fan of the "velvet rope" method of building buzz. Having set up both Orkut and Gmail with the "invite only" method of getting in, they've made them seem even more appealing. It won't be long before every other company tries the same sort of thing - though, it probably won't work nearly as well.

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    Chris O'Donnell, 10 Jun 2004 @ 8:13am

    No Subject Given

    Think I can get this business plan funded?

    1. Get Gmail Account
    2. ???????
    3. Profit!

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    Beck, 10 Jun 2004 @ 9:06am

    Reason to Pay

    I think that most people who paid money for a gmail account realize that accounts will soon be free, but they wanted to get in early to get their preferred email address.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Jun 2004 @ 9:21am

    Just imagine what I could do with 1Gb of spam!

    Or if I'm luckiy enough to get myself added to someone's Outlook addressbook (by simply Emailing them!) then I can get blamed for the spam sent out by the trojan on THEIR computer!

    I'm getting excited at the very thought, so much capacity, so much USELESS capacity.

    How long before someone writes a way to use this 1Gb of free Email storage to host pr0n sites?

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    dan, 10 Jun 2004 @ 12:10pm

    still none....


    The market is "flooded", and yet no love for me... I'm in blogger, so I've got that route covered, but no offer for an invite. Don't suppose anyone out there in techdirt land has an invite they want to share?

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    Glenn, 10 Jun 2004 @ 3:07pm

    This is southpark...

    Cartman-land (i think) ... when he bought an amusement park and didn't let anyone in, and made it profitable because everyone wanted to get in. He was hailed (within the show) as a business mastermind...

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    Jon, 7 Sep 2004 @ 8:52pm

    Gmail

    I have 12 invites. Participate in my forum and earn yourself an invite. http://www.virtualmadden.com/phpBB2/index.php. PM me your name and email addy in my forum.

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    Anish S Nambiar, 30 Dec 2004 @ 2:34pm

    GMAIL HYPE

    I happen to agree on what has been said. Anyways the hype seems to be dying a slow but sure death. I have 3 invites to be given out. If somebody is interested do send me an email.
    Adios

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