so, along with thousands of other fans, i'd registered to be a verified fan for the chance to snag tickets to taylor swift's eras tour. and along with thousands of other fans, i'd been waitlisted, but i figured i'd just find tickets on stubhub or something like that like i've done with lots of other concerts in the past.
anyway, if you were watching the news last november you'll remember what a nightmare that whole ticketing process ended up being. this, of course, drove up pricing on resale tickets to incredibly high numbers. fans were reporting that even on concert days - all the way up to showtime and even as the concert began - the tickets were still well in the four figures. yikes.
i'd heard that 7-10 days before show dates, ticketmaster would randomly sent text messages to verified fans who hadn't been successful during the presale. the message would include a link and a code to buy production hold tickets that had become available, on a first-come, first-served basis. it was the last chance to be able to secure seats at face value, and there were countless social media accounts created for the purpose of sharing up-to-date information.
on the day that everyone was anticipating such messages to be sent out, i made sure to keep an extra close eye on my phone, hoping to get lucky. alas, 10:00 came and went (that's when those texts were typically sent out) and i had no code. i was sad.
but then ten minutes later...