and purchased a pair of tickets for the Pinkerton show in NYC! I ended up paying $120 straight up per ticket, free shipping, off eBay. So $240 a pair, compared to the $160 a pair that TM would've required (after all fees and shipping). It sucks, but I didn't want to pass up the opportunity to see them. Who knows when another tour like this will happen. I got one of those ticket dealers to come down on his price...he wanted $150 per ticket plus shipping. I sent him an email saying I'd do $120 per with free shipping and that nobody would be crazy enough to spend $150 on a ticket. Sure enough, it worked.
Craigslist was tough to deal with. I'd have people say that want to negotiate and never write back.
One thing I want Karl and the rest to know: It was a TERRIBLE idea to leave Ticketmaster in charge of the whole process. Why couldn't you guys do what Ben Folds is doing? He's letting Fan Club or Forum members on his site have first crack at tickets before the public onsale. Was it that difficult to make this happen? It's a very anti-fan sort of thing to do, don't you think? I know that if I were in your shoes, I'd do everything I could to make sure the true fans were able to make it and given the best opportunity.
I know this has been vented many times, but this is ridiculous. They need to know how frustrating it is.