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Buying from scalpers on craigslist?

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Oct 28, 2002
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Buying from scalpers on craigslist?

Anyone have experience buying tix from scalpers on Craigslist? I'm looking at tix for the Marlies, which are discounted by scalpers on Craigslist.

How do they acquire them?

How do I know if they are legit? Is there a risk that they aren't?
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i find kijiji more legit than craigslist

the only way to verify is to go down to the arena and ask if its a real ticket (they should be able ot scan barcode or verify)

the only risk is paying x amount of dollars, spending money getting to the game and not having the ticket reigster and you don't get let in

and the guys at the gate won't feel sorry for you because you got ripped off
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grinspy wrote: Anyone have experience buying tix from scalpers on Craigslist? I'm looking at tix for the Marlies, which are discounted by scalpers on Craigslist.

How do they acquire them?

How do I know if they are legit? Is there a risk that they aren't?
I have never purchased tickets from Craigslist its not worth the risk in my opinion. They could have bought seasons tickets which they get the tickets cheaper than face value. Do they have more than one game for sale? How much cheaper are they?
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I bought Raptors and Leafs tickets off of Craigslist and I have sold concert tickets on them. I have never had a problem. I would never send money or ask for money to be sent to me. I always meet the person.
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jordanr1987 wrote: i find kijiji more legit than craigslist

the only way to verify is to go down to the arena and ask if its a real ticket (they should be able ot scan barcode or verify)

the only risk is paying x amount of dollars, spending money getting to the game and not having the ticket reigster and you don't get let in

and the guys at the gate won't feel sorry for you because you got ripped off
Any ticket you buy from a scalper could be fake. You take the same chance buying on Kijiji and on the street. I always get their phone number and meet them in person.
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I've sold multiple tickets on craigslist & most people were quite happy with my service. Keep in mind, mixed in with those scalpers are legit people who just can't go to an event, or have extras.
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Kris81 wrote: I've sold multiple tickets on craigslist & most people were quite happy with my service. Keep in mind, mixed in with those scalpers are legit people who just can't go to an event, or have extras.
Exactly. Buyer beware, but don't immediately count out the CL and KIJIJI sellers.
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getting a phone number doesn't do **** anymore considering it's so hard using a phone number to track anything....

you meet the person at THEIR HOUSE....
not in a mall, not anywhere else...

if they say no, no deal, move on...
but u have to ask yourself, why are they saying no?
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hamant wrote: getting a phone number doesn't do **** anymore considering it's so hard using a phone number to track anything....

you meet the person at THEIR HOUSE....
not in a mall, not anywhere else...

if they say no, no deal, move on...
but u have to ask yourself, why are they saying no?

I sure as heck wouldn't want some random stranger to know where I live and come see what's in my house...
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Manatus wrote: I sure as heck wouldn't want some random stranger to know where I live and come see what's in my house...

so strangers don't drive by your house or ever walk by your house?
Are you not listed in the phone book?
you feel your untraceable unless you GIVE your address to someone?


If you're selling something and the person wants to pick it up at your house, you'll say no because you don't want them to know where you live?
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hamant wrote: so strangers don't drive by your house or ever walk by your house?
Are you not listed in the phone book?
you feel your untraceable unless you GIVE your address to someone?


If you're selling something and the person wants to pick it up at your house, you'll say no because you don't want them to know where you live?

Of course I don't feel untraceable, but there's no reason for some random person to want to come and see me. If e.g. I'm selling a computer, I don't want the buyer to be able to come camp out at my door if he wants to return it or he wants help with some feature or needs to reinstall the operating system etc. If I sell on kijiji or craigslist, like most people, it's final sale... what you see is what you get. Give me the money, take the thing, and that's that. And yes, I will always say meet in a public place, which I believe works best with kijiji because it's safer, both for the buyer and the seller.
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Manatus wrote: Of course I don't feel untraceable, but there's no reason for some random person to want to come and see me. If e.g. I'm selling a computer, I don't want the buyer to be able to come camp out at my door if he wants to return it or he wants help with some feature or needs to reinstall the operating system etc. If I sell on kijiji or craigslist, like most people, it's final sale... what you see is what you get. Give me the money, take the thing, and that's that. And yes, I will always say meet in a public place, which I believe works best with kijiji because it's safer, both for the buyer and the seller.

I don't see the 'safeness' of meeting in a public place.

You cite all these examples, but what if you sell a computer that isn't working? What if YOU'RE a scammer (im not saying that you are), how is the buyer going to get back to you? If you sell fake tickets and the person finds out, are you going to use the "too bad, sale is final"

You're only protecting yourself, not the buyer.

kijiji and craigs are full of scammers that sell POS merchandise. If I'm the buyer I'm going to do what I need to protect myself.

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