By Kelvin Reynolds
GULF SHORES, AL (WBRC) - Some people are saying an effort to help the Gulf Coast has been hijacked by ticket scalpers.
Jimmy Buffet is headlining a free concert in Gulf Shores next week. Those free tickets were snatched up online in a matter of minutes on Wednesday morning, but then some of them quickly went up for sale on eBay.
Members of the Magic City Parrot Head Club are some of the thousands with ruffled feathers about not getting tickets.
"We were in that large, large group that did not get tickets," said Parrot Head member Kay Moore. "Even though we stayed online for 45 minutes, over 20 attempts repeatedly with no tickets."
35,000 tickets were available online, but it appears a four-tickets-per-customer limit did not matter to some. Tickets quickly popped up for sale on eBay and other websites, in some cases, for hundreds of dollars. The Parrot Heads say they are not buying claims the money would go towards helping the Gulf Coast.
Organizers hoped a concert featuring Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney and others would encourage music fans to vacation on the coast for a couple of days at a time when many are vacationing elsewhere.
As of this evening, eBay, Craigslist and other sites suspended sales for concert tickets.
The governor's office is looking into how so many tickets disappeared so fast. We talked to at least one realtor who says some concert tickets remain available as part of a package with a hotel or condo stay on Alabama's Gulf Coast.
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