As expected, the Sept. 18 Ben Folds Five reunion show sold out at breathtaking speed when it went on sale Monday morning. The thousand or so tickets available to the public disappeared within minutes, while the 630 student tickets were gone by early afternoon. And now, craigslist is full of pleas from people all over the country searching for tickets -- I've heard a report of someone even offering sexual favors for tickets, although that disappeared before I could find it.
As to offers still pending, one fan from Virginia is offering an ultra-rare tape of Folds' first band, Majosha, in exchange for tickets. Another from Cleveland offers $500 for two tickets (which were originally priced at $50). Another vents frustration at scalpers charging up to $999 for tickets. And over on eBay, someone has listed a pair of lower-level tickets for the buy-it-now price of $1,299.99.
Wow. Shop wisely, folks. And for the folks doing the selling -- let your conscience be your guide.