There was an ad posted for $500 on the Portland craigslist, so I sent an email saying "people who sell tickets for over face value are bad people". He replied to inform me that if I'd simply asked nicely, he would've sold it for face value even though it was listed at $500. I called his bluff and made fun of him even more, then secretly emailed him on a different email address offering face value and being very polite about it to see if he was lying. I'll report back soon on the jerk.
I'm gonna start replying to ads, politely asking them to sell me their tickets at face value.
I was literally thinking this same thing this morning. I'm going to email them my sob story about me having mine and my girlfriend not having hers yet to see if anyone will take pity on me. Of course it's still going to be a couple days til I have the rest of the money for hers. But, when I do, that's totally what I'm doing.
The idiots who post wanted ads on craigslist for $400-$450 are going to make it impossible for me to buy a ticket there. If you see people posting those, message them and ask them to please not buy from scalpers and to wait out for face value. Go team!
I emailed someone nicely asking them to not offer $450 on craigslist because it only encourages scalpers and will make it impossible to buy face value tickets. They responded by saying "if you're not willing to spend an extra $100 on a ticket, maybe you shouldn't be going to an expensive festival."