This is a follow-up to my post Craigslist + NFL + Ebay = Good Money.
In my original post I outlined how my friend was buying cheap NFL tickets from people on Craigslist and then turning around and selling them on Ebay for a profit. At one point this year he was up over $2000.00 doing well until….
He was scammed out of $600.00!
He met two guys last month via Craigslist who he said where in their 20’s. They were going to sell him their 4 season tickets to last week’s Seahawks – Bears game for $150.00 each. My friend said he didn’t really have a good feeling about these guys but the tickets looked legit and so he gave them the $600.00 cash. They were good seats and he hoped/thought he could get $250.00 for each of them on Ebay as that game was a rematch of last years playoff game and there was big demand.
My friend rushed home to call his official “Seahawks guy” who worked in ticket sales and to his relief was told that the four tickets were indeed real and valid. Whew! He put the tickets up on Ebay right away and someone from Chicago who was flying out for the game bought them. I’m not sure how much he resold them for as I was never told that part of the story but I know he made a profit of some kind.
So everything was great until last Sunday when, after the game, he was contacted by the guy from Chicago who told him the tickets were no good and his group was denied entrance at the gate! His group had gotten lucky and somehow found 4 other tickets outside the stadium so they did get to see the game but of course they wanted their money back for the bad tickets.
How could they be bad tickets? My friend had verified that they were good! It turns out that season tickets in Seattle (I have no idea if this is the case with other NFL teams) are different than regular tickets. With a regular ticket, the ticket is the same as cash. If you lose it you are out. It’s over for you.
But with a season ticket holder ticket, the ticket office has a list of who each ticket belongs to. If you lose the hard copy of the ticket, season ticket holders can contact them and they will email a replacement ticket which can used to get into the game. So here is what happened: The two scammers contacted the Seahawks ticket office, said they lost the 4 tickets they had sold to my friend for $600.00 and had the replacement tickets emailed to them. I’m sure they then were sure to get in the stadium the minute it opened to beat the real ticket holders from Chicago.
My friend could have left the guy from Chicago hanging with the loss but he is honest and refunded the money. It was a darn good thing the people from Chicago somehow got in the game….can you imagine how upset they would have been if they would have flown all the way here and had been denied at the gate?
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