Face value ones have been coming up in Vancouver quite a few times a day, but they tend to come down very fast. I've of course been flagging all the ones over $350. That said, the guy I bought them from was asking $1000 for 2 and I bargained him down to $350, so it does pay to sometimes send the high-ballers an email.
Name: Adam What my user name represents/means: can't say I put much thought into it, but it sounded like a good hacker handle. From: Vancouver, BC Favorite Bands: There are so many, but I suppose I've always been partial to artists who could sound really good on an acoustic set. Not that they HAVE to play acoustic instruments... just that they have to have the potential to survive as an artist in a post-apocalyptic world where electricity is rationed very carefully. I do make some exceptions to this rule though; Bassnectar is pretty awesome... erm well... glowsticks are pretty awesome. My All-Time Favorite Artist: Sufjan Stevens (on some days) First Concert Attended: When I was 13 I had a band called James Bondage, we played for my friend's mom and sister in their basement... then I saw some nobody punk band called Death Tsunamis or something, but my first real concert was probably Primus. Last Concert Attended: The Ruffled Feathers at a local event All time Favourite Concert: Decembrists in 2007 at Helena Middle School All time Favourite Festival: Fuji Rock 2010 Sasquatches Attended: 2011 Sasquatch Wishlist: LCD Soundsystem, Daft Punk, David Bowie, Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens, Hot Chip, Roots, White Stripes, I am really into the Alabama Shakes at the moment... Spice Girls, Chuck Berry, Grateful Dead, the Beatles (ALL of them), & Jackson 5 (as kids)... Ronald Jenkees... I'll stop.
I'll add that this year I'm stoked to see all 4 headliners, Bloc Party, Edward Sharpe, Arctic Monkeys, Lumineers, Chvrches, Primus 3D, Devendra Banhart, and oh so many more...
Additionally :: Next year it would be good to maybe just copy and paste a general message a few times on craigslist right when tickets sell out.
The guy I bought my tickets from today had a sad story. He is a big fan of folk rock and was stoked to see Edward Sharpe, the Lumineers, etc. When he saw the tickets sold out he went online and bought them at $650 each only to later find out he couldn't go because of a work emergency. He sold them to me today for a $600 loss ($700 CAD for 2 instead of $1300 CAD).
Obviously his story is nothing new, but I think there should be some sort of market-awareness education campaign every year. Just a few messages on CL saying "Hey! I know it sold out fast! I know you are bummed! But just sit and wait until May and you'll get your tickets for face!"
If not right after they sell out, then at least right after you boardies finish scalping your extras *wink* *wink*
Got my tickets off CL at face value today, so I'm ok now. But if other Vancouverites are still looking to get rid of tickets, I can point you towards lots of people who would love some face-value tickets.
Yes, that is me. It's been really effective at getting people to start flagging. "HG" worded it so beautifully and so I just went ahead and plagiarized his work.
@hg : let me know if you want me to credit you or pull down the ads.
I started a campaign against scalpers yesterday and have since got my tickets at less than face value. The ad was flagged (perhaps by the scalpers themselves?). Now I guess I'm just in it for the lulz.
Anyways, I just hope this isn't a huge stain on my academic honesty.