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Sold-out Compass wristbands already being resold on Craigslist

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Eric Zimmer Dec 03, 2018 4:30 pm 12,799

Earlier this morning, TransLink’s Compass Card wristbands were released to the public for the very first time.

Only 2,000 have been made available in the first batch, with 1,000 baby blue-coloured wristbands for riders with an adult fare and 1,000 orange-coloured wristbands for riders with a concession fare.

The cost? $6 apiece.

And in keeping with the tradition of Vancouverites standing in long lines for stuff, the lineups this morning were nothing short of crazy.

Now, some of those wristbands are showing up on Craigslist for sale — at a premium price of course.

One ad has a wristband listed for sale at $60.

“Very useful for frequent transit riders,” the ad reads. “Price includes delivery ANYWHERE.” And hey, the wristband is in “new” condition after all.

Compass wristband Craiglist ad

But that’s not your only option. You might be able to get a cheaper one from another poster – asking for your “best offer.”

“These are super limited and sold out everywhere. Some people selling them for $100. I’ve waited in line for these for 3 hours give me your best offer,” the ad reads.

If neither of these options work for you, don’t worry: TransLink has you covered.

“We are ordering more stock which is expected to arrive in February,” they tweeted.

Staff were first spotted using these wristbands earlier this fall as part of an extensive testing process.

The wristbands are highly durable for frequent use and can be reloaded, just like the card.

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Eric Zimmer
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