0268: /need.pax.tix


When you need something, today

It’s two days before PAX East and you don’t have tickets.  You didn’t even plan on going because you had to cover someone’s shift at work, but now that person can take their shift again and you can go… if you had tickets. It’s too late to get them off eBay or from anyone that needs to ships them.  What do you do?

It’s two days before PAX East and you have tickets.  But some jackass from work really needs to you to cover his shift on Friday.  It sucks, but you have to get rid of your Friday ticket, but where do you do it?  You don’t have time to walk around and scalp them on the street.

In both cases, you just go to localweb.is/need.pax.tix and post that you are looking or selling.  /need.pax.tix didn’t exist a few minutes ago.  But when you type any local web URL into the browser and post, it’s automatically created.

There is lot of activity in Boston on the local web and many people are searching for PAX related slashes.  A quick search will turn up your /need.pax.tix and someone who is looking to buy or sell and get in touch with you.  This person is within walking distance.  After a few interactions, the /need.pax.tix slash moves higher on the local web front page, especially around the Boston Convention Center.  More people decide to either unload their PAX tickets or buy a few more for their friends.  Within 24 hours the /need.pax.ticket slash has become a thriving marketplace and continues right until Sunday, when people are offloading their Sunday tickets for sweet prices.

This didn’t take a developer to code up some marketplace app.  It just took ordinary people to get together to use a URL in a certain way.  And it was started by one person, in less than 10 seconds.  This is the power of the local web.

Note: PAX is not officially affiliated with the local web.  The above is just an example of what could happen when the local web comes online at PAX East in April.

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0131:  /tix


Buy & sell tickets locally               without the mass re-sellers

Ticket re-selling is a big business. While ticket marketplaces / exchanges offer a valuable service, they struggle to avoid being overrun by re-sellers who buy blocks of tickets.  Those ticket dealers often buy huge chunks, overcharge to resell them, and if they don’t make an out-sized profit, they’ll just leave seats empty.

/tix is an easy way for people locally to buy and sell tickets at a fair price, or face value.  Craigslist already does this but there’s still a lot of wading through fakes.  And sometimes you just want to buy the ticket from someone nearby who can actually meet you in 15 minutes with a real ticket in hand.

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