I've bought tickets from scalpers standing out in front of sports venues dozens of times. Saved hundreds of dollars and ended up with some great seats. Roll to a baseball game on a Tuesday, chill outside drankin' beers until the second inning, then query the gentlemen scalpers as to who would like to sell me a couple tickets instead of ultimately eating the cost of the ticket themselves. That poo poo ain't gonna come close to 40% occupancy on a Tuesday, and it's almost the third inning, you're gonna eat that poo poo son unless you sell to me at a price I consider reasonable.
Now here in DC, when you approach one scalper and begin bargaining, you may find them allied with a hype man who lurks nearby. Example:
scalper: Give me $60 for both, you won't find better 100 level seats!
grellgraxer: Yeah man those are good seats, but the games already started, I'll give you $30, you're not going to sell them.
hype-man: (top of his lungs) Yo gently caress that poor-rear end bama, he ain't got any money!
The idea is to publicly embarrass me into paying more. I am typically pretty buzzed by this point, so the screaming isn't as cringe inducing as it normally would be. I assume the hype man gets some kickback. Three questions:
1. Has anyone ever been ripped off with a bunk ticket? Half the time I buy tickets these days, they are printed out on a piece of paper which could easily be forged (change the date with photoshop), or copied and sold to multiple people. But I have never once showed up to the gate, had my ticket scanned, and been denied entry. 100% good tickets.
2. Is the reason scalpers typical don't rip people off because they assume the other scalpers will beat their rear end? I can't imagine they want rumors of bunk tickets being sold from their spot.
3. Any good scalper stories, anyone ever street scalp for a living?
|# ? Apr 12, 2017 23:27|
|# ? Sep 26, 2022 05:58|
Once I brought two tickets from a chick that could not go to a movie at the last minute.
I was really pleased as people had been queueing for days to get into the premiere. I got the tickets for face value and walked right in.
It was the phantom menace. I regretted it.
|# ? Apr 13, 2017 05:38|