Tickets impossible

After spending sixteen frustrating minutes on the phone and on the web a few Sundays back, failing to get Elvis Costello tickets. I asked a friend to deal with getting us all tickets to Beck with Flaming Lips at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland. No such luck. He got in after a few minutes and everything was already sold out. It smells rigged to me.
He got an offer from Craigslist, good tickets for $100/ea. (they were between $40 and $50 with added “convenience”). I just don’t feel rich enough for that.