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Ticket Squid: A better way to buy or sell Giants tickets

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The following is a sponsored post.

The Giants paid about $1M of Cody Ross’s salary last season. As an investment, that worked out well:

The 2010 World Champion San Francisco Giants today launched a waiting list for season tickets at AT&T Park.

With more than 27,700 full season tickets sold, the team has exhausted its 2011 season ticket inventory and has created the Premium On-Deck Wait List for fans hoping to secure season tickets as they become available in the future.

It hasn’t been this goofy to get tickets since the first season at Pac Bell Park. You can understand the reasons behind both ticket crazes -- the first had to do with people yearning for a stadium that didn’t smell like urine, and the second craze has to do with the Giants winning the 2010 World Series1. It isn’t 1995 anymore, which is kind of a shame because now I can finally grow the sweet goatee I wanted back then.

It used to be that if a game was sold out, or if you wanted a good seat, your options were to deal with some anonymous internet flake, or pay a bunch of fees through eBay or StubHub. So the good folks (and sponsors of this post, of course) at TicketSquid.com have created a better ticket-buying mechanism.

The idea for buyers:

You want to go to a game. Like, say, Opening Day. And you think, "I’d go, but only if I could buy a ticket for $50." You enter that price in for a reverse auction, which starts at a set price, and slowly decreases. If the auction decreases to $50 without any higher bids, you get the ticket. You can bid on several different auctions, and if you win a ticket, you can withdraw your other bids. The auctions also don’t have a flurry of last-minute bidding to mess up your plans.

The idea for sellers:

When you sell a ticket on eBay, there might be a buyer who is willing to pay quite a bit, but unless the buyer has someone else bidding against him, he’ll never have to pay what he’d really be willing to pay. If he were willing to pay $200, but the second-highest bidder was only willing to pay $75, the auction winner would only have to pay $76 for the ticket. With Ticket Squid, he’d pay what he’s willing to pay, and he’d be danged happy to do so.

Also, the Ticket Squid folks are local and Giants fans, so that certainly doesn’t hurt. If you want to buy or sell tickets, check them out!

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