Highly-coveted Clubhouse invitations sold for up to IDR500K in Indonesian e-commerce sites

Photo by William Krause on Unsplash
Photo by William Krause on Unsplash

Indonesians are keen for access into Clubhouse, arguably the hottest new social media platform at the moment. With an exclusivist sign-up model involving a limited number of invites, a market has inevitably emerged for Clubhouse admission in Indonesia.

The invitation-only audio chat social networking app has picked up in popularity over the past week after Tesla CEO Elon Musk used the app to host a room, which refers to the spaces where people hold their conversations. Indonesian celebrities have since joined the club and have begun hosting their own rooms on the app, including film director Joko Anwar and actor Ernest Prakasa.

With new users entitled to extend two free invitations to their friends initially, access to Clubhouse has been limited, paving the way for some entrepreneurially-minded Clubhouse members to sell their invitations on online marketplaces.

“Crazy, a Clubhouse invitation is sold for IDR500K (US$35.91) on marketplaces,” Ernest Prakasa said in his tweet above.

Tokopedia, Indonesia’s leading e-commerce platform, said it has taken down the invitation listings over possible breach of its terms of use, though it did not specify the nature of the breach. No Clubhouse invitations were listed on Tokopedia at the time of this article’s publication.

However, the invitations are still sold for around IDR300K on other e-commerce platforms as of publication time.

Indonesia is not the only country where Clubhouse invitations have been put up for sale, with reports that they were sold on Chinese e-commerce sites, even though the app has been blocked inside China.

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