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Upset fans say third-party websites bought up Garth Brooks tickets

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Lots of Garth Brooks fans are disappointed after tickets to his concert at the Mid-State Fair sold out in 30 seconds.

"I knew it would sell out within seconds and it was going to be a big ordeal," said Danielle Colangelo.

The Mid-State Fair made it clear from the beginning that customers can only purchase tickets on Ticketmaster starting at 10 a.m. Friday.

Moments after the sale started, third-party sites were selling the tickets for more than 30 times the price.

"Grandstand 17, which is the section I'm in, for $15,000," said Krista Bandy, who is one of the lucky fans who purchased her Garth Brooks tickets for the original selling price of $79.99.

"When I saw the two tickets, I was like, 'Oh my gosh! No way!'" Bandy exclaimed.

Bandy's excitement is warranted after hundreds of Central Coast residents say the tickets were gone before they could click their mouse.

"About 15 minutes before 10:00 and we were watching the countdown with our information ready to go and we were denied. It said tickets were sold out within one minute," said Chris Godfrey.

Several sites like StubHub, Craigslist and Paso Robles Tickets are now selling them for hundreds more than the original price. Krista Bandy says she found one ticket selling for $3,495.

"It was disappointing," Godfrey says.

KSBY News tried to contact Paso Robles Tickets to find out where and how they got the tickets they're selling, but they never got back to us. Their website says they're not a primary vendor and they concentrate on reselling in the secondary ticket market, but the address listed on their website led us to the location of the Mid-State Fairgrounds.

"I can assure you that these secondary sites weren't able to buy hundreds of blocks of tickets," said Tom Keffury, Mid-State Fair spokesman.

For those who decide to splurge on third-party ticket prices, buyer beware.

"As far as we're concerned, only those tickets that come through Ticketmaster are the legitimate tickets. So you have to be very careful about that," said Michael Bradley, Mid-State Fair CEO.

Typically, Ticketmaster's policy is to ask for an ID and credit card number when you arrive with your tickets but the Mid-State Fair is an exception. You won't need either.

There is a silver lining for those who missed out on tickets. Garth Brooks is apparently working on scheduling another show.

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