Hi J_L, kevin, and jemange, thank you so much for sharing your concern. I admit, I didn’t think I was hammering the details of the exchange into stone, typing hastily as I was, and figuring those could be coordinated over email after someone expressed interest. I also didn’t realize people who were not from LA would be over here on this board! So perhaps I should provide some context and suggest a better way to do the exchange.
Maude restaurant offers a single prix-fixe menu, focusing on a different star ingredient each month. November’s focus is white truffles. The actual cost of the menu varies with the cost of the ingredient, and November’s is absolutely the highest of the year at $375. I see it as a comparable price to the tasting menu at Per Se, Alinea, Patina’s truffle menu, Urasawa, etc. I can’t offer any justification for the price beyond that is what I paid. I’m not looking at discounts at this time.
This month, for the first time, they joined the Tock Tix reservation purchase system from Nick Kokonas, co-owner at Alinea. So what I have are something like symphony tickets. Prepaid entry, and all the onus is on me to show up. When I made the purchase, I accepted nonrefundable terms, to answer Kevin’s suggestion that the restaurant refund a portion of my ticket. That’s not possible.
I have contacted the restaurant to let them know of our conflict and asked them to call me if anyone calls citing interest. I will call them again with the name of the person I transfer to.
I completely agree that this transaction requires a lot of trust, on both sides, since I have to trust that I will get reimbursed. Ideally, the exchange would happen simultaneously - the buyer would send money, and I would send over the confirmation email. But I am happy to send a screenshot of the confirmation email with the number blurred out beforehand, or potentially interested buyers can contact the restaurant and ask about the time and date of this reservation with my name. I’m also happy to meet in person or over video conference so that the buyer can see with her own eyes that the transfer is made.
Thanks again for your suggestions!