Brand New are a beloved alt-rock band with four albums, a decade and a half of history, and a reputation for rarely touring. When they abruptly announced that they were playing a handful of dates in December, the internet reaction was hysterical mayhem. The band were promising to play their entire discography on the two East Coast and two West Coast dates, meaning that even if you got a ticket to a single date, you’d still get to hear two full albums. These are once-in-a-lifetime shows. The tickets sold out in three minutes. People are flying across the country to see them. You get the idea.
The $40 tickets are currently being scalped at rates hovering around $300 and going up to $1600 (from one particularly evil person on StubHub). And so some fans have taken to Craigslist in the hopes of getting tickets by any means possible, including offering sex –and in one case, a kidney– in exchange for tickets. Back in school they never taught us what we needed to know, like how to get what we want without resorting to sex. There’s even a Tumblr devoted to the phenomenon. Of course there’s a Tumblr.