Scalpers Try To Profit Off Fourmile Charity Concert

Tickets For Oct. 9 Charity Concert Listed Online For More Than Face Value

Scalpers are trying to make a profit off a charity concert raising money for Fourmile fire victims.

Tickets sold out in just two minutes for the Oct. 2 concert featuring The String Cheese Incident, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Yonder Mountain String Band and members of Leftover Salmon and Phish.

The 6,500 tickets cost $60 each. Ticket sales benefited the Boulder Mountain Fire Relief Fund.

They may also benefit scalpers. Type the word "fourmile" into the search on Craigslist or eBay and dozens of listings appear. Some people are looking to trade their benefit concert tickets, while others look to make a profit.

One posting on eBay is from the seller "theticketlot" from Los Angeles, CA. The listing shows four tickets on sale for a total of $1,200. According to the web site for The Ticket Lot, "when we first started this company, we thought of it as a fun way to make a little extra money and travel … Customer satisfaction comes first with us, and we strive to get you the tickets YOU want, when it's seemingly impossible to find them anywhere else."

7NEWS called and e-mailed the listed owners of The Ticket Lot. We wanted to know why they chose to buy tickets to a charity concert, and then try to sell the tickets for more than face value. We have yet to receive a response.

"It doesn't seem like the super high moral ground," said William Esposito, a Fourmile evacuee. "No, that's no good. They should do that on some other regular concerts. They should have left this one alone."

Esposito lives off Fourmile Canyon Drive and still has his home. 7NEWS met him after he snuck back into the burn area on Sept. 7, the second day of the fire. He shot home video which he then showed to other residents as a form of a fire update.

Another post on Craigslist is from a firefighter:

"I am a firefighter who worked on the Fourmile fire and I was unable to get a ticket to the show. I would REALLY appreciate 1 or 2 tickets so I can help out everyone who lost their homes and see some fantastic bands live."

A person who wrote that they were an evacuee is also seeking a ticket.

In another listing, a person wrote that they are selling two tickets for $250 each, cash only. The listing then states, "Proceeds will go to charity."

7NEWS asked Esposito if he believed that post.

"I'd like to," said Esposito. "If someone did that with the intention of, 'I'm going to scalp these tickets for four times as much so I can donate that much more money to the charity,' that would be really nice."

7NEWS e-mailed the person selling for $250 each. We asked if the $190 in profit per ticket were going to be donated to charity. He responded, "yes." We then asked how a buyer could be sure that the cash would be donated. We have yet to get a response to that question.

Regardless of what tickets sell online, the Boulder Mountain Fire Relief Fund will still get the money it's expecting, since the tickets have already been paid for.

The Community Foundation Service Boulder County is handling the money on behalf of the fund. The foundation's president, Josie Heath, told 7NEWS that $55 of each ticket goes to the Fire Relief fund, with the remaining money going toward concert production costs. Fire victims should expect more than $350,000 from the concert.

Next week, the foundation expects to finalize guidelines for determining how the money will be distributed among fire victims.