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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Phoenix Inspires Craigslist Lectures For Greedy Scalpers

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Phoenix: would probably prefer you weren't greedy about their tickets
  • Phoenix: would probably prefer you weren't greedy about their tickets
For those of you who bought your tickets to see Phoenix tonight at the Fillmore, how badly do you actually want to see the band? A quick scan of Craigslist shows just how badly the ticketless want their "Lisztomania;" and the myriad ways those with tickets are willing to bilk them for cash.  

The tickets,  which sold out quickly at $32.50, are now being unloaded for up to ten times that amount. Some people are asking $350 for a pair, others want $300 for a show that will be "the shit."

Scroll down into the $100 to $200 range, and you get pleas from Phoenix fans attempting their bargaining online. "I love this band and I want to take this beautiful girl with me ! please help me out ! These $150 tickets are insane," writes one poster. "I can scrape together $180 for a pair!"

Down in the under $100, we have a Phoenix fan who has to DANCE and is "moving out of the country next month, this may be my only chance!" The post continues, 

"I am irrevocably possessed by Phoenix and need to see them live before I leave.

Please help one fan dance to freedom." Although, this traveler refuses to pay the big bills. "If you are interested in tripling the price," they continue, "don't contact me and may god have mercy on your soul."

Punishment was indeed a popular topic as well. Some preferred to use the ticket forum to give a little lesson on scalper's greed. Under a listing for "WANTED- 1 Phoenix tix for tonight (willing to pay $500)," someone wrote: "'Greed' (definition) - An inordinate desire to acquire or possess more

than one needs or deserves, especially with respect to material wealth."

The prize, however, goes to this poster, who had to go bring morality and stuff into the discussion. 

Perhaps some of us were not as quick as you to scoop up as many tickets

as possible upon their release. Then again, some of us work hard jobs

and have morals, and we don't believe at making money at the expense of

others. Preach about capitalism, doing whatever you can in this

economy, etc., but we all know you're parasites, sucking money out of

starry-eyed fans, not to mention the artistic talent of the musical

acts. It'd be one thing if your profit margin somehow went toward the

band, who except in rare circumstances is grinding hard to make a

living, but you're essentially sucking their livelihood for your own

financial gain. I will not support you, and I hope that others follow

suit, so that you're left with tickets burning a hole in your pocket,

only able to unload them at face value.

I know California has lenient standards for your kind. I just hope the public doesn't.

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