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Title: GABF and Craigslist
Post by: thebigbaker on July 30, 2013, 05:01:42 PM
Wow, that didn't take long for GABF tickets to show up on CL.  I got the tickets I needed, but was just curious to see if they made their way to CL and sure enough, they are there and marked up price wise.
Title: Re: GABF and Craigslist
Post by: micsager on July 30, 2013, 05:04:08 PM
Wow, that didn't take long for GABF tickets to show up on CL.  I got the tickets I needed, but was just curious to see if they made their way to CL and sure enough, they are there and marked up price wise.

The sad part is this have to members of either AHA or the BA.  Very "undude" like. 
Title: Re: GABF and Craigslist
Post by: thebigbaker on July 30, 2013, 05:07:14 PM
Wow, that didn't take long for GABF tickets to show up on CL.  I got the tickets I needed, but was just curious to see if they made their way to CL and sure enough, they are there and marked up price wise.

The sad part is this have to members of either AHA or the BA.  Very "undude" like.

No kidding!  I'm thinking that there are some out there that just sign up for a membership to get tickets and resell them.  It's a popular event and I'm sure people will easily pay high $$ for tickets.
Title: Re: GABF and Craigslist
Post by: rjharper on July 30, 2013, 05:07:38 PM
Given that AHA membership numbers are sequential, you only need to know 1 valid number, then keep adding 1 and go again. So it would not be surprising if scalpers took that approach.  Even if that didnt work, 1 years membership spread over 14 tickets is no brainer.

The only way a members pre-sale works, is if the ticket is tied to the membership number and the card needs to be presented at the door. But how you make that work for 5,000+ tickets per session I have no idea.
Title: Re: GABF and Craigslist
Post by: poobah58 on July 30, 2013, 05:12:32 PM
Yep, someone already asking $150 per ticket!
Title: Re: GABF and Craigslist
Post by: micsager on July 30, 2013, 05:16:23 PM
Yep, someone already asking $150 per ticket!

Rumor has it that many tickets are available on the sidewalk outside the convention center.  And at a reduced price.  (but that is just a rumor)  Anyone have first hand experience with such? 
Title: Re: GABF and Craigslist
Post by: thebigbaker on July 30, 2013, 05:26:35 PM
Yep, someone already asking $150 per ticket!

Rumor has it that many tickets are available on the sidewalk outside the convention center.  And at a reduced price.  (but that is just a rumor)  Anyone have first hand experience with such?

I have seen people selling tickets outside the event, but I've never asked what they were asking for them.
Title: Re: GABF and Craigslist
Post by: theDarkSide on July 30, 2013, 05:29:19 PM
Given that AHA membership numbers are sequential, you only need to know 1 valid number, then keep adding 1 and go again. So it would not be surprising if scalpers took that approach.  Even if that didnt work, 1 years membership spread over 14 tickets is no brainer.

The only way a members pre-sale works, is if the ticket is tied to the membership number and the card needs to be presented at the door. But how you make that work for 5,000+ tickets per session I have no idea.
Maybe the membership number and another piece of information (zip code, etc) to verify.  But with the issues they are having just getting the membership numbers to ready correctly, I don't know if that's feasible.

I'd be interested to see what kind of membership bump they got from announcing the presale for AHA members.  Maybe those dues could go to infrastructure improvements.
Title: Re: GABF and Craigslist
Post by: narvin on July 30, 2013, 05:41:22 PM
GABF's too popular, nobody goes anymore.
Title: Re: GABF and Craigslist
Post by: rjharper on July 30, 2013, 05:44:11 PM
GABF's too popular, nobody goes anymore.

LOL, well nobody who's anybody...
Title: Re: GABF and Craigslist
Post by: poobah58 on July 30, 2013, 05:59:23 PM
GABF's too popular, nobody goes anymore.
Thanks Yogi! :o
Title: Re: GABF and Craigslist
Post by: Furbinator409 on July 30, 2013, 06:33:09 PM
I managed to snag 2 tickets to Saturday EVENING, but, since the afternoon session is out.....

Anyway, if I'm going to sell these 2, I'd rather sell them to another member instead of doing it on CL.

Let me know if you're interested.
Title: Re: GABF and Craigslist
Post by: thebigbaker on July 30, 2013, 07:02:33 PM
One CL ad states "Have 4 extra passes for Thursday, 4 Friday, 2 Sat Afternoon and 8 Saturday night."  How do you  have all these extras and 8 Sat night?

I hope who ever needs tickets can get them tomorrow.  Good Luck!
Title: Re: GABF and Craigslist
Post by: rajbaj on July 31, 2013, 05:32:23 AM
Yep, someone already asking $150 per ticket!

Rumor has it that many tickets are available on the sidewalk outside the convention center.  And at a reduced price.  (but that is just a rumor)  Anyone have first hand experience with such?

Yes, they are and they are plentiful.

(Sorry I PM'd you, can you post my reply for others. I don't have a copy in my mailbox and don't want to retype it all over again on the iPad. Cheers.)
Title: Re: GABF and Craigslist
Post by: reverseapachemaster on July 31, 2013, 01:15:41 PM
Given that AHA membership numbers are sequential, you only need to know 1 valid number, then keep adding 1 and go again. So it would not be surprising if scalpers took that approach.  Even if that didnt work, 1 years membership spread over 14 tickets is no brainer.

The only way a members pre-sale works, is if the ticket is tied to the membership number and the card needs to be presented at the door. But how you make that work for 5,000+ tickets per session I have no idea.

I wonder if that is the reason why there was a problem with a lot of people trying to purchase tickets. Scalpers had already accessed their code.
Title: Re: GABF and Craigslist
Post by: jskiles on July 31, 2013, 02:40:55 PM
I wonder if that is the reason why there was a problem with a lot of people trying to purchase tickets. Scalpers had already accessed their code.

Yesterday I was ready and waiting when they went on sale and so was my brother.  We both had errors on our membership numbers from 10:00a.m. until right around 10:15a.m. and then both of ours started working at the exact same time.  I joined a couple years before him so I'm sure our numbers arent close together or anything.  I seems more like the ticketmaster system had an incomplete list of valid membership numbers.  Exactly who's fault that is I think it open for debate if that is the case.