Post: (1) SCI Ticket - 4/8 Orpheum
~ Craig was quick to respond and quick with the payment. A model COT user. I highly recommend working with him!3/20/17
Post: LOCK'N CAR CAMPING 4DAY
~ Contacted to buy a car camping pass. His post read $150 for it, with no mention of additional fees for shipping. After we messaged and agreed on it, he gave me his PayPal info, and I sent the $150. He then sent me a message saying that I owed him an additional $10 for shipping. I inquired as to why his post made no mention of this, and why it was $10 when he could send it in a flat rate shipping envelope for $6.95...His replay was "Please send the $10.". I sent the $10, but felt as though he was rude, and I would not do business with again.1/15/17
Post: Selling One Ga JRAD Tonight
~ Easy- wud def do buisness again1/04/17
Post: JRAD Tonight 2 Floor Etickets
~ Very responsive, immediately sent me the ticket after payment, and quickly resolved an issue. Easy transaction1/01/17
Post: 2 New Years Tickets To Umphreys Tonight
~ Super easy transaction from Craig. Money and tickets were transferred promptly. Done deal in just a few minutes.12/31/16
Post: 2 For JRAD Tonight 12/30
~ Easy peasy! Rad guy!12/30/16
Post: My Phish Dicks For Mann Tonight
~ Got me the ticket i needed at the right time, thanks so much!10/24/16
Post: 2-3 Day Panic Milwaukee Passes
~ Super easy and quick to trade with and was patient with me since I'm new to Cash or Trade! Thanks Craig :)10/21/16
Post: WSMFP! Sun, 10/23 Riverside
~ Great transaction - painless, quick payment. Have a blast!10/13/16
Post: Top Ten Reasons You Should Sell Me Your Phish Dicks Field Tickets
~ Craig seems like a nice guy but his top priority appears to be making money off of trades, NOT in ensuring you get the ticket you paid him for. In my 24 years of going to Phish shows, he is the first trader to ever take my money and NOT deliver the ticket, leaving me outside the venue when Phish took the stage.
Let me provide some details:
I posted a note on cashortrade over three months before the 2016 Phish Dicks Commerce City shows, seeking field tickets for all three nights (face value about $210). His response was that he could get me the tickets if I paid him $300 immediately. Usually I deliver funds when someone delivers me the tickets, but based on the difficulty of getting these tickets, I said OK, even at this price, which was clearly not face.
Craig wanted me to pay him outside of Cashortrade, which the site explicitly warns against. I paid him through Cashortrade per the site's guidelines. Several months passed and a few weeks before the shows I resumed conversations with him to determine how I could get the tickets, as I assumed they had already been shipped by Phish to the buyers. It quickly became clear he had sold me tickets that he did not possess. He now had to get an extremely sold out set of tickets from someone in his network.
Stress levels increased now that I was dependent on an unknown third party. He told me he'd get me the ticket the day before the show, so I flew from California to Colorado not knowing if I would get a ticket, and hundreds of dollars sunk into a hotel. Thursday (the day before the show), he told me he was still working on the ticket. Friday rolled around. He still didn't have the ticket. Stress levels rising.
He told me his contact had fallen through. He said he was looking for tickets. About an hour before the show he got me an electronic ticket for night 1 (not nights 2 or 3). By this time the lines had formed and I stood in line well over an hour, completely missing both Ghost and No Men In No Men's Land.
The next day, same story, he looked for tickets, but waited and waited to buy one online. There were plenty of tickets available on StubHub and I asked my friend why he thought Craig was being so slow to purchase me one, since it was his obligation to deliver me a ticket one way or another. My friend told me he was obviously trying to nickel and dime and save every penny possible, hoping ticket prices would drop as showtime approached. At 645pm or so, Craig delivered me a ticket electronically, only after I had to persistently tell him he needed to get it to me before the lines formed. There were plenty of tickets available on online sites. Recall I had paid OVER face value for these tickets, so the thorough lack of customer service and my increased stress levels were not expected.
Night 3: I thought he would have things handled by now. There were lots of people outside the venue seeking tickets, and apparently not many up for sale. StubHub had some but as the hours passed by, the StubHub tickets started to disappear. Craig said sorry he could not deliver me a ticket. He suggested I go miles away to a StubHub outlet and buy it myself (I had no car and time was running out). An hour before the show all the online ticket sites were sold out. A hundred people outside the venue were seeking tickets for the sold out show. Craig said again sorry he couldn't get me a ticket. That was the extent of his apology.
The show started, I could hear Moma Dance from outside the venue. I texted my friend inside to say I wasn't going to make it into the show. Stress levels high. Disappointment high.
Fortunately I saw someone with a ticket in hand and was able to buy it from them for $160 in cash, bringing my total expenditures on the three nights tickets to $460 (well over the $210 face value), and lots of stress thrown in.
To date Craig has never offered to refund the $160 I was forced to pay when he failed to deliver my night 3 ticket.
Again, Craig sounded like a nice guy, but anyone who sells tickets they don't possess, for over face value on cashortrade, and fails to follow through at whatever cost, should reconsider their sense of business ethics, and should be avoided with regards to ticket trading/buying.
If Craig reimburses me the $160 I was forced to spend on my night 3 ticket, I will be happy to remove this entire review; if this review is still online, you can assume that he has not reimbursed me.10/11/16
Post: CraigRakowsky ONLY~ Have 2 Lawn Tickets For Dead & Co. At Alpine Valley On 7/9/16 ~ Less Than Face! (~):-}
~ Prompt Payment! Easy Transaction!10/07/16
Post: Sound Tribe Sector 9 Red Rocks Friday Rw 1
~ Craig was super easy to communicate with. Transaction was smooth, and would definitely CoT with him again. Thanks for the tix bro!9/11/16
Post: Sound Tribe Sector 9 Red Rocks Front Row
~ Quick and easy! Rock on!9/10/16
Post: Sound Tribe Sector 9 @ Red Rocks Tonight Rw 1
~ Quick & Easy transaction.
Always worried about getting fake tickets. Love cashortrade!9/10/16
Post: Louis C.K. 9/8/16 MSG "GREAT SEATS !!"
~ Easy and smoothe Transaction.9/01/16
Post: Dave Matthews Band- N2-Tues-Aug 30- Greek Theatre -GA
~ Thanks Craig. This was my first sale and it went great. Thanks for all the tips and help (especially reminding me not to post bar codes, head slap).8/31/16
Post: 1 Ticket DMB At The Greek Theater In Berkeley N2
~ Quick payment and good communication8/30/16
Post: Dick's Friday 9/2 Stands - 1 Ticket Flash Seats
~ fast commit and fast payment. can't ask for anything more.8/30/16
Post: FS 4 WH N1 Berkeley Tickets
~ Very helpful and quick to respond. Prompt with payment and good with communication.8/25/16
Post: LCD Soundsytem Red Rocks Weds 8/3
~ Thanks Craig .!! An asset to ticket community8/16/16
Post: LCD Soundsytem Red Rocks Weds 8/3
~ Craig was quick to respond to my offer, even though I was on a plane about to land. Since LCD is pretty careful with their tickets, Craig was more than patient with me over the months between my immediate payment and actually getting tickets the day of the show. The show was F$$king amazing. My first time at Red Rocks since Phish '96. Thanks to Craig for being a solid trader. Highly recommended!8/11/16
Post: 2 Pearl Jam Tickets Lower Level Sunday
~ Easy to deal with. Fast transaction. Have a great show !8/07/16
Post: Pearl Jam Wrigley Field 8/22
~ Great communication from start to finish. Transaction went very smoothly. Responds quickly to posts.8/06/16
Post: Chula Vista 102 Section
~ Thanks for fast payment and easy communication. Hope you enjoyed the show!8/02/16
Post: 4 Day Lolla Wristband Forsale
~ Stayed in contact, made things easy by waiting outside for me. I would sell, buy, or trade tickets with again8/01/16
Post: North Charleston DMB 2 Tix 7/26 Show
~ Easy process, quickly made payment!7/22/16
Post: 1 Lolla 4 Day Wristband For Cash
~ Went from posting to confirmation quickly then made the deal tyre sane day.7/21/16
Post: 2 Lawns To Dave Matthews Band At Klipsch Saturday 7/23 Less Than Ticketmaster!!
~ Seamless sale, quick payment, and fast to reply to messages! Thanks Craig!7/21/16
Post: 2 TIX PHISH - SAT. 6/23 CHULA VISTA - GOOD SEATS, FACE VALUE!
~ This was my first sale. Buyer was responsive, quick and super easy to deal with. Enjoy the show! Wish I could have made it myself!7/20/16
Post: Dead & Co Fenway Tonight
~ prompt delivery, great communication, nice person, an asset to the community.7/15/16
Post: Alpine N1 - Sec 202, Row YY, $80 For The Pair
~ Craig was super easy to work with.7/13/16
Post: 2 Dead And Co Alpine Both Nights
~ Great on communication and very dependable!7/12/16
Post: Alpine Valley 7/10 - 1 Pav Ticket - $50 - FOR Craigrakowsky Only
~ Fast and easy transaction!7/11/16
Post: Dead & Company Alpine
~ Arranged and met within 2 hrs. Fast easy transaction7/06/16
Post: Electric Forest Ga Camping Overnight Delivery For Tues
~ Huge thanks for getting me those wristbands so quick thank you so much!7/06/16
Post: GA Phish Dicks Saturday
~ Quick payment
Post: Phish @ The Mann 6/28 Location Available The Week Of
~ Provided the tickets as promised and was always responsive. Buy with confidence.7/05/16
Post: Dave Matthews Band Alpine Friday Sec 202
~ Looking forward to seeing another great show at Alpine!!
Post: Holding Our For Wrigley GA Floors For Phish? Here's Two For Friday
~ Quick communication. Easy transaction.6/23/16
Post: Electric Forest Ga Camping
~ Best online transaction ever! Buy with confidence6/22/16
Post: Phish Wrigley GA FIELD - FRI 6/24 PTBM - FACE LESS FEES
~ Good experience, I learned a bit about COT from this sale. Recommended6/19/16
Post: 2 Tickets - Mud Island
~ Transaction worked out perfectly! Thank you! :)6/16/16
Post: FS: 1 WSP Ticket For Mud Island, Memphis
~ A CoT user. Fast clear communication. Instant payment.6/14/16
Post: Disco Biscuits @ Red Rocks Rw 1
~ Easy transaction, awesome seats! Thanks again!6/06/16
Post: Electric Forest 2016 GA Ticket
~ Have fun!! Thank you!5/28/16
Post: Pearl Jam - 10 Club - GA PIT - 1 TICKET 4 SALE
~ Craig was a great communicator and paid in a timely manner. Great trader. Glad he enjoyed the show.4/17/16
Post: FS: 2x Umphrey's McGee Saturday (3/19) Belly Up Aspen
~ quick and easy buyer
happy with the transaction3/21/16
Post: Widespread Panic Live At The Moody 4/8/2016 Austin TX
~ Prompt communication and payment3/08/16
Post: FS: 2 Wrigley 8/22
~ Immediate payment and responses.
Enjoy the show!3/07/16
Post: 2 Tickets For Sold Out BEACH HOUSE In Montreal 3/9/16
~ Very responsive and patient since this was my first site transaction. Much appreciated! Thanks so much!3/05/16
Post: FS: 2 WSP Tickets To Savannah 2/26/16
~ Made the transaction very easy and had great communication2/28/16
Post: Widespread Panic Savannah
~ Great communication !2/26/16
Post: FS 2 Tickets For Columbia 2/13
~ Posted and sold in 20 min.. Thanks Craig2/12/16
Post: 2 Tickets For Tonight's Widespread Panic 12/30
~ Great Buyer - Enjoy the Show ! Wish I was there12/30/15
Post: 2 Great Seats For David Gilmour Chicago Friday 4/8
~ Trustworthy, reliable, and good communication. Thanks Craig!12/29/15
Post: 2 TICKETS To Widespread Panic At Fox Theater - December 29th - SOLD OUT SHOW!
~ Paid quickly with good communication. Highly recommend. Enjoy the show.12/29/15
Post: Widespread Panic 12/29 One Ticket For Sale
~ The Cadillac of exchange persons.12/28/15
Post: One Dead & Co Ticket For Sale For Tonight's SF Show
~ Easy peasy12/28/15
Post: Selling 2 WP 12/29 Fox Theatre
~ Committed to my offer, then spotty communication thereafter with empty promises. This strung me along over the course of a week, and he ultimately never paid for the tickets.
I see that all other reviews are positive, so not sure why the run-around here.12/24/15
Post: 2 Electronic Tickets For JRAD Tonight'!
~ Made the whole deal happen real fast.11/28/15
Post: 1 Jrad Boston Saturday
~ Made everything happen super fast11/28/15
Post: ONLY For Craigrakowsky!!!! 1 DEAD & COMPANY GA TICKET FOR EACH NIGHT IN SAN FRANCISCO 2015
~ Paid straight away as promised! Perfect transaction! Enjoy the shows! Peace!11/25/15
Post: BELOW FACE - Floor Seat- Dead And Company @ Target Center
~ Responded and sent payment awesomely fast! Nice and easy sale!11/21/15
Post: Dead And Company 10/29 Sec 229 D Etickets Best Offer?
~ Very responsive, quick replies, great experience11/14/15
Post: Dead And Company DCU 11/10 Sec 102 Etickets
~ Easy to deal with and tickets were sent in a timely fashion, cant ask for anything more.11/04/15
Post: FS: (2) David Gilmore Discounted 4/4/16 100 Level
~ This is my 2nd flawless transaction with Craig. Would trade with Craig again!9/22/15
Post: Two Tickets To Taylor Swift 1989 Tour Soldier Field Chicago Saturday July 18th
~ Quick to purchase and pay, friendly to work with and helpful since I've never done this before. Thanks so much!7/13/15
Post: I Have One Grateful Dead Ticket (for Any Of The Three Nights At Soldier Field, Limited View Section 203) To Trade For Two Chicago Cubs Seats To The Mo
~ Craig was amazing with this first time user! Very patient with my concerns. Excellent trade!!7/07/15
Post: One Ticket For EACH Night Of Phish In Bend, OR
~ Fast and efficient! Very easy to work with! Thank you!7/05/15
Post: Mr. Blotto - GD After Party
~ Immediate results! This dude does not mess around! Much appreciated.7/01/15
Post: Grateful Dead Sat 6/27 Lowers Section 143 15
~ Everything went great! Thanks!6/30/15
Post: DMB VA Beach
~ Good communication and easy to work with. Thanks Craig!!6/30/15
Post: Grateful Dead SC Sunday Show
~ Craig responded quickly to my questions and the tickets arrived on time. Easy! Thanks buddy!6/24/15
Post: Dead50 7/4 Parking Pass (Only 1 Left!)
~ Buyer was prompt with responses and willing to work with the tight deadline!!6/22/15
Post: Dave Matthews Band Aisle Seats
~ Quick response!6/10/15
Post: FS: Dave Matthews Riverbend Pit X 2 --- (please Read Post Before Hitting Commit!)
~ I sold a pair of DMB tickets to Craig and everything went super smoothly. Great communication, instant payment, and no problems at all (despite their being some things we had to work out, since the tickets were Will Call only). Trade with him!6/08/15
Post: JRAD Chicago April 24
~ This man is patient and learned in the ways.5/12/15
Post: Dear Jerry
~ Super fast deal. Great seller4/27/15
Post: Moe@ Concord Friday & Saturday
~ Seller was super friendly, communicative and easy to work with. Flawless transaction! Thanks bro!3/20/15
Post: ISO 1 Moe. Thursday Ticket At Bottom Lounge
~ made it easy for me. solid dude3/20/15
Post: MOE @ CONCORD FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
~ Thanks for being flexible with delivery options!3/20/15
Post: Need 1 For Bottom Lounge For My Son Tonight!!
~ fast and efficient!! Thanks Bro!!3/19/15
Post: Phil Lesh, 3/19 CAPITOL, Floor, Face, Or Trade For Dear Jerry MERRIWEATHER
~ good, sincere, smooth, timely interaction3/19/15
Post: Moe. - 2 GA Tickets For Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL.
~ Smooth and clean, like a baby's bottom. Great transaction!2/07/15
Post: PhilRAD Ft. Phil Lesh And Joe Russo's Almost Dead 12/30/14 @ The CAP ! 8:00 PM
~ Nice Smooth Transaction.... Gotta love Cash or Trade..... & the peeps who participate !!!12/24/14
Post: FS: 1 Mike Gordon - Chicago - SAT 3/8
~ smooth transaction with craig--good guy. thanks!10/27/14
Post: Phish @ Sleep Train In Chula Vista Sec 101
~ This transaction was CLUTCH. He came through for huge in Chula Vista. If I could give more than five stars, I would!10/27/14
Post: Phish Pits @ Sleep Train In Chula Vista
~ So very very happy that I can surprise Phish Phan Phriends with these GA PIT @ Chula Vista on Saturday, October 25th!!
I hate the venue from just about any place other than the GA PIT where it seems like a reasonably smaller intimate show with really great PHANS! You are the Man Phan & delivered as promised & sold.... I am very Committed to you & CorT!
The Dude very much AbidesThanks, Steve...10/24/14
Post: 2 Pit Tickets For SB 2
~ such an easy transaction !!
Simple and smooth , the way it should be 10/23/14
Post: Dave Matthews Band Deer Creek N1
~ Great buyer! Happy to do business with him! 6/18/14
Post: 2 Dave Matthews Band Bangor Tickets, Section 7, Row 2
~ Quick payment. Thank you6/01/14
Post: Ratdog Capitol Theatre 3/1
~ Quick and easy payment, would work with again in the future!2/26/14
Post: FS: One Ticket To Bob Weir & RatDog Monday 2/17
~ Do not hesitate to sell to, buy from, or trade with Craig! He responded to my post almost immediately and the transaction was completed within 10 minutes. Great communication and sent money right away! A+++!!!2/16/14