TransLink's Compass Minis are already being resold on Craigslist

Dec 6 2019, 10:32 am

On Friday morning, TransLink’s Compass Minis were released to the public, and hundreds of riders lined up to secure their very own.

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7,500 were released to the general public in the first batch, with 5,000 baby-blue-coloured cards for adult fare riders and 2,500 orange-coloured cards for concession fare riders.

The miniature cards, like other TransLink Compass products, were made available for a $6 refundable deposit.

And now, almost unsurprisingly, multiple listings for the Compass Mini have been posted on Craigslist — for between $45 to $50, that is.

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Craigslist

Several ads have them listed for $50.

“The mini Compass Card is the perfect compact and portable version of the original,” reads one posting. “Clip it to your keyring, stick it on your lanyard, or shackle it to your bag! The possibilities are endless!”

The listing even comes with a disclaimer for anyone who might be opposed to the inflated price of a $6 product.

“I stood in line for hours at 6 am to get this,” writes the seller on their post. “If you’re mad about it, it’s not my problem.”

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Craigslist

Another listing is willing to “make a deal if you buy two or more.”

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Craigslist

TransLink’s announcement of the Compass Mini comes just over one year after the wristbands were released to the general public. When the wristbands were released in early December 2018, only 2,000 were made available, and they sold out within hours.

Hundreds of riders lined up to purchase the product, with many wristbands being resold on Craigslist in the days after.