Rose’s Luxury Reservations Already Listed on Craigslist – Table for 2 going for $200

717 8th Street, SE

Good lord. Remember those New Year’s Eve reservations at Rose’s Luxury that filled up in 3-5 minutes this morning? From Craigslist:

“Rose’s Luxury New Years Eve Reservation – $200

Reservations for 2 at 10:15 p.m. for New Years Eve and now unable to go due to travel. Please message me if you are interested. $200 OBO”

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UPDATE: Thanks to a reader for passing on an email response from Rose’s:

“We already reached out to the craigslist poster and told them that we would be checking CC’s to verify reservations so that any transfer would be null and void.

Andrew Limberg
General Manager”

46 Comment

  • How weird. Someone made a reservation and then had a trip come up within 5 minutes. And then they quadrupled the price they paid for it. What a coincidence!

    • palisades

      What? Reservations were $95 per person. This person is selling two for $200.

      • I’m guessing that they’re selling the $50 down payment for $200, then the person who buys it will have to pay the balance?

        • Accountering

          It is a $100/couple “authorization” charge. That means once you actually show up, they will charge your card for the $95/person, and drop the authorization. This guy put two $50 authorizations on his card (which will cost him $0) and is selling them for $200.

  • Bah humbug, liar.

  • not cool. Don’t buy!

  • Been to Rose’s twice — this is 100% not worth your money. Don’t get me wrong, the restaurant is very good. But paying $200 for a reservation is insane.

    Also, this is not the best new restaurant in America. It may not even be the best restaurant in DC.

  • ledroittiger

    They probably didn’t know their second couldn’t make it and tried to snap it up as a surprise. Only selling for $10 more, so isn’t too bad…

    • you pay when you get there. you didn’t pay for the reservation. so, this is bad.

    • Accountering

      I call BS. No way do you have someone you care about enough (and they care about you) that you are going to spend New Years together, and you don’t know their New Years plans.

      • I learned of this right before the tickets went on sale, and (before I saw the price) thought about snatching up a couple of tickets while I had the chance and then asking my SO if she’d be up for it.

      • justinbc

        “No way” is a bit strong. Many people don’t make those decisions a month in advance…

      • I’m the data point that proves you wrong. Saw the notification minutes before 11am. Got the reservations, will talk to wife tonight about plans.

        • Yeah I think this would be fairly common. Even if the dining companion doesn’t have plans you’re not aware of, they might not feel like doing this on NYE.

        • Will you cancel your reservations if you can’t go, or will you try to charge someone $200 for something you will ultimately pay $0? That’s the difference.

    • No, this person is selling for $100 more. Or $200 more, if you consider the fact that the $50 authorization charge is only a placeholder and is dropped when the person shows up.
      This is clearly scalping. “Travel” came up for New Year’s Eve in the less than 2 hours between 10 a.m. and when the Craigslist post was posted?? BS.

  • I’m all for capitalism and free markets, but this is pretty poor of someone, especially considering the charity auction recently.

  • Dude (or dudette) isn’t going to pay a dime. It’s just an authorization hold so that a bunch of jackwagons don’t block up all of the reservations and then no-show. It guarantees they can get the late cancellation fee out of you if you no show. When you dine, they’ll charge the card you give them (Or pay cash, whatev.) Solid and quick $200. Well played, sir…or ma’am.

    • justinbc

      They really should have just made them non-transferable, but then people would have just complained about that too when their baby got sick or something and they couldn’t go. I’m sure there are plenty of people who can afford to pay this extra amount, it’s really no different than scalping tickets.

  • If I were feeling cranky (and I kind of am, but not quite enough) I’d tell everyone we should all make offers via email and set up meetings to transfer the reservation and then leave ’em hanging (preferably in the rain.) But I’m not feeling that cranky. Nope. Not quite enough.

  • Received email confirmation from Andrew, the GM that they’ve contacted this person and will be checking credit cards to confirm reservations.

    • justinbc

      Nice, I was hoping they would do something like that.

      • Really? Just above you say that it would be a bad idea because people will complain. And that scalping is totally OK because people can afford it. It seems that whatever Roses decides is always right by you.

    • If they find out that the original purchaser is not there, are they going to turn away the people who bought the reservation? Or just let them use the reservation and then charge the actual purchaser the $100 fee. It seems unfair to have unused reservations. And this just means the seller will make $100 instead of $200.

  • The update notice says that they will be checking credit cards to make sure no reservations are transferred. Was that the case when people signed up? Or are they going to have to go back on their position come new year’s eve, when a whole bunch of diners show up without the cc they signed up with?
    (And yes, justin, it could easily happen. Because I know you were going to question the scenario. In my household, I’d make the reservation with my credit card, and then I would leave my purse at home knowing my husband would have his wallet.)

    • I assume you’ll have your ID on you? I’d like to think that would be enough. I too, don’t carry around all my cc’s. ESPECIALLY on a night where I’m all gussied up. If I have to choose between one more cc and the lipstick, you know which one’s gonna end up in my tiny clutch.

      • I also don’t carry all my credit cards at once and sometimes none at all (just debit card). However, I would think having a card–any card would suffice because they’ll be checking the name? Not sure though.

    • Glad to hear this. Scalpers deserve a smackdown.

      • Accountering

        Why the hate for scalpers? They are being capitalistic in a way. I understand they aren’t creating a ton of value, but they certainly have the right to do what they are doing.

        • Come on, are you seriously finding it hard to imagine why someone would find scalpers/scalping repugnant?
          Scalpers might (generally, but not always) have the legal right to scalp, but doesn’t make it morally right. They seek to artificially contain the supply of goods and then resell those same goods at an exorbitant markup.

          • Accountering

            I can see why you would dislike what they do, but I don’t necessarily agree with your last sentence. I see scalpers as taking an undervalued good (tickets to a Caps v. Penguins game or whatever) and buying it at an undervalued price, and then reselling at the true market price. Do I like it, no, do I hate them for it, absolutely not.

          • But by getting a disproportionately large share of these goods, scalpers can artificially inflate the market price.

          • Accountering

            Not sure on that… Ultimately, there is a market clearing price for an upper deck seat at Verizon. You are certainly right that it makes it so the average fan has to pay the market price, and reduces the chance to get a good deal, but I don’t think it raises the market price. There is still a price where the market clears, and that is based on the demand from people who are actually going to the event.

          • Maybe we’ll have to agree to disagree. I still think scalping is a tool-like (to borrow Justin’s wording) thing to do, and something that unfairly rewards a middleman who has nothing to do with putting on the event.

  • Washington City Paper contacted the poster (who has since removed her ad and cancelled her reservation). She said she would have donated the money to a food bank because if they had that much disposable income then fair game?

  • I’m so tired of people charging a massive amount of money more than what they actually paid for tickets and events. If you really had travel plans “pop up”, just call the restaurant and cancel. If you bought tickets to a show at 9:30 club, U Street Music Hall, etc and you can no longer go, sell them to someone within reason. It’s exhausting for people who really desire to attend these events to have all the tickets bought up by people who only want to sell them at a higher price. I really appreciated that U Street Music Hall made the tickets “non-transferable” for the surprise Foo Fighters show several weeks back. That was a kickass move.

    • justinbc

      It is frustrating. I remember when Adele came to 930 and the tickets were like $40 but you could only find them for $200-500. I buy up lots of tickets for shows there with intentions of going and then just dump them for my purchase price on Craigslist if the plans don’t pan out. I never have a problem selling at face value, and don’t feel like a tool bumping my own posts every day to make an extra $10-100 off someone.

    • A lot of the shows I’ve been to at the 9:30 Club are will call only, and require a matching ID for entry, so I don’t know how people are reselling them.

      • This is the case for only a small minority of 9:30 Club shows. On their current list of upcoming shows, there’s only one (Ben Howard) with any kind of ticket restrictions.

    • Just wait until the day of the concert, that’s when scalpers start getting desperate. And still don’t buy from them, after you say you will.

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