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Scalpers peddle discount tickets to Minnesota State Fair

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Some folks are always looking for a way to save or earn a quick buck -- and that's what some scalpers are trying to offer just outside the gates of the Minnesota State Fair this year.

It seems like a win-win for everyone. Fair-goers get a deal, and scalpers make a profit -- but the fair's general manager admits he's not a big fan. There is no way anyone can buy tickets for less than the $10 advanced price, and whoever is selling them will only make between $2 to $3 per ticket. Even so, it's clear that someone is hoping to make up for it in volume.

With more than 100,000 visitors each day, it can be a profitable venture. The scalpers spend a day in the sun, trying to court bargain hunters by coaxing them with the opportunity to avoid the line -- maybe even save a dollar or two. It's not illegal, but that didn't stop those who were selling from stepping away from Fox 9 cameras.

About half of the attendees of the Minnesota State Fair buy discounted tickets at resellers like Cub Foods -- but once the fair starts, the price everybody pays at the gate is $13. So far, there haven't been any counterfeit tickets reported -- but General Manager Jerry Hammer warns that they have in the past.

"I think scalping in any form is ridiculous," he told Fox 9 News. "We don't' know if it's a real ticket or not because we haven't seen it. You just have to make up your own mind, make your own decision."

There is a limit of 100 tickets per person, but it appears that someone has bought in bulk and is taking a big gamble. Meanwhile, fair organizers are warning music lovers about the concert tickets to Grandstand shows. At least 20 people were unable to see Kid Rock because the tickets they bought online were bogus.

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