This week, we're happy to have Brando from CashorTrade on the podcast. We talk a lot about his Phish journey and about the great platform their team has built.We also play some music, tapping into the New Year's spirit. Set info is below (but the entire show is amazing to revisit, especially at this time of year).
Their favorite band was reuniting for three March 2009 shows at Virginia’s Hampton Coliseum, but longtime Phish fans Brando and Dustin Rich were on the outside looking in. Even though the brothers had hopped online immediately when they went on sale and attempted to purchase tickets. These would be the first concerts Phish, a group melding Frank Zappa and Steely Dan influences into their own improvisational sound, had played together in five years.
Nice interview with Gary Lambert and David Gans with Tales from the Golden Road from the Grateful Dead Channel on SiriusXM.Give a listen to the 3 callers after the interview. The second one is a lady who is quite the nut… but she ties in wanting to use CashorTrade in the end. The third guy has used the site a number of times and had great things to say! Read More
Other organizations are stepping in to help as well. Burlington-based CashorTrade.org, a ticket platform that helps concertgoers avoid scalpers by offering tickets at face value, announced Friday that it’s beginning a campaign called “Strangers Feeding Strangers.” CashorTrade.org will donate 50 percent of its “gold member” proceeds between Wednesday and Nov. 15 to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. Read More
Founded by Brando and Dusty Rich, CashorTrade came to life after the brothers were shut out of Phish’s triumphant return to Hampton Coliseum. The website supplied over 50,000 tickets to fans at face value throughout Phish’s recent Baker’s Dozen, amounting to nearly 25% of all the seats Madison Square Garden sold during the 13-night run. It is been called the “Airbnb of tickets.” They are disrupting a $9 billion industry that is expected to reach $15 billion by 2020, taking on ticket giants such as Stubhub and TicketsNow. Read More
I had to get down to the floor. Because I would miss the second Saturday show for a wedding (non-negotiable), I had a bargaining chip. At Cash or Trade, a no-scalpers website-slash-trust exercise populated with offers, I found someone willing to take my Friday and Saturday in exchange for their General Admission floor seat for the Friday. Bam! I was in. As I sat in the bar above MSG, I had new power. I was on the floor! The ticket itself was a beautiful art piece—earned by those who ordered early—a palm-sized laminated doughnut that won’t even fit in a wallet. I bought beers for strangers, bragged about my assignment, and got steadily drunk. A flurry of texts to the barber and other potential floor friends yielded no results—I would go it alone. Read More
It’s really not expensive to get into these concerts. Sure, if you try and attend all 13 concerts you’ll end up spending a tiny fortune. But if you want to pay face value at CashorTrade for one night of tickets you won’t spend a lot of money at all…And that’s good, you want to save money to spend on beers once you’re in the venue. Read More
“Our goal is to disrupt an industry and be the Airbnb of tickets,” Brando said. “A fan-to-fan exchange is a fun idea among friends, but our plan is to become a real live alternative to the secondary market and compete with these billion dollar scalper companies.” Brando and his team are currently exploring opportunities for investment and endorsement while actively expanding the site’s offerings for tickets, now totalling over 3,000 artists. Read More
Veterans of some 250 Phish shows, they turned to the secondary market. And they were discouraged, bordering on offended, to find tickets going for far higher than face value. "They were literally $2,000 a piece," recalls Brando Rich, from Cash or Trade's cramped third-floor office on Church Street. He sports a trucker cap and a dark, bushy beard flecked with gray — the familiar uniform of the grown-up Green Mountain Phish-head. "We were floored, having been such longtime fans," he continues. "So we thought, Something needs to change." Read More
CashorTrade.org. One of the most popular online trade marketplaces uses a community-based model and allows fans to sell, buy and trade tickets at face value. Users simply need to sign up and add a new post, whether they want to buy, sell or trade tickets. Gold community members will receive an instant text notification if a new post matches their criteria. Also, users can easily share posts on social media. Read More
Our friends at CashorTrade.org have just launched some new features via Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit groups for each state, band, and festival, which will help fans stay up-to-date with regional and band specific events. In the continuing fight against the ticket scalping black market, these new features will give your potential trades more exposure than ever before. Read More
With tickets for “Fare Thee Well” Grateful Dead reunion concert going on sale this Saturday, many of us are fearing exorbitant StubHub scalper prices. We spoke to the man who’s doing everything he can to fight the scalpers, CashorTrade co-founder Brando Rich, who shared his thoughts on the Grateful Dead tickets and fair trading ticket policies in general.Read More Read More
Sites like Cash or Trade allow buyers to deal directly with sellers, and sellers at CoT sell tickets at face value (i.e. the selling price of the ticket) or below. Buyer feedback for the site is generally good, and it’s easy to find reputable sellers with reviews and verification. Not every seller has reviews, though, and inventory for really popular sold-out shows is typically limited compared to other sites.Read More Read More
One under-the-radar resource for buying tickets to sold-out events is CashorTrade.org, a website for ethically selling or trading tickets — you can’t sell tickets for over face value. The website uses a community-based model, directly connecting fans without any markup or fees. As Steven Wandrey mentioned, “CoT isn’t verified but if someone has good rep ratings on there the chances are much higher than not that the tickets are legit.” That said, Stubhub doesn’t verify ticket sales either (but the buyer does have a credit card on file), and CashorTrade.org will assist you if any problems arise. Using CashorTrade.org can save you money compared to using the mighty corporate behemoth StubHub.Read More Read More
CashOrTrade.org, everyone’s favorite fair trade online marketplace, announced the launch of a free iPhone app today. The app will offer push notifications as well as increased user functionality.For those who may be unfamiliar, CashOrTrade.org is “the world’s first social ticketing platform where fans buy, sell, & trade tickets at face value for cash or trade. [Their] mission is to help fans obtain tickets at face value and to provide a health alternative to scalping while building the very community we all know and love!” Read More
Every concert-goer at one point or another has faced the dreaded “Sold Out” screen, or has mistakenly bought tickets for the wrong day of the concert; being stuck with the difficult decision of attempting to deal with a scalper or putting the ticket up on Craigslist is always a risk, one that many people don’t want to take, so they miss out or eat the cost. Read More