In my opinion, the VerifiedFan hoops stopped casual fans from buying, not scalpers. Scalpers cleaned up on GA. They don't buy nosebleed or overpriced seats, they buy tickets to maximize profit, and that's GA since they can now have them mailed.
Terrible planning and the fans get screwed. I was really looking forward to this tour but never saw a single Chicago GA ticket in Innocence, Cute or general sale.