#1
I'm gonna get one thing strait, I like ticket websites like stubhub. The problem is scalpers. I don't like how people buy more tickets to an event then they really want then resell them for 5 times what they originally paid. For example, I've been looking for Pearl Jam tickets for Wrigley field. When they first went on sale they went for $50-60 for regular seats. Then right away they go on stubhub for $250 and more. How is that right as I spent a couple hours waiting for tickets and didn't get a chance to buy any. Does anybody have similar complaints?
Last edited by ehbacon at May 30, 2013,
#2
Reminds me of that thing scalpers used to do... what was it? oh yea; scalping.
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Yeah this has been happening forever. The internet just makes it more convenient for scalpers.
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I'm gonna get one thing strait, I like ticket websites like stubhub. What I don't like is how people buy more tickets to an event then they really want then resell them for 5 times what they originally paid. For example, I've been looking for Pearl Jam tickets for Wrigley field. When they first went on sale they went for $50-60 for regular seats. Then right away they go on stubhub for $250 and more. How is that right as I spent a couple hours waiting for tickets and didn't get a chance to buy any. Does anybody have similar complaints?


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That's practically the UG equivalent of greentexting.
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scalping, pearl jam and no ticketmaster... Im impressed :P
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#10
Stopping wasting money on shit shows that cost more than 20 bucks and you won't have to deal with this.
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I have a friend that makes great money doing just this. You can't blame them for taking advantage of the situation - it's just supply and demand in some ways. I was at the Rolling Stones concert a few weeks ago (got em through stubhub actually) and the old couple next to me paid nearly $100 more per ticket while the guys in front of us paid half what I did. Meanwhile its over $500 to $1,000 just to be on the floor. It's great to see your favorite bands live but spending a few hundred bucks on just one night is over the top. It's like concerts are exclusive events now - its not only paying for the ticket, but getting the ticket itself. A majority of the first few rows were celebrities and millionaires. I don't know, I wish I had a solution but its hard to spread out one band amongst millions of people. Maybe this is the best way nowadays.
#13
I agree but there is some risk involved, too. I know someone with season tickets to the Red Sox that sells about half of them and last year, he took an absolute beating trying to get rid of them after their season flopped.

On the other hand, just went on stubhub for Bruins vs. Penguins playoff tickets. They're starting at $250 each. Guess i'll be watching the game at the pub.
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Stopping wasting money on shit shows that cost more than 20 bucks and you won't have to deal with this.


Nowadays, any show you get for under $20 is a shit show
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Nowadays, any show you get for under $20 is a shit show

No, you like shit bands.

The best shows I've been to have been free or under $8.
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lol, ticket sellers already upcharge tickets like crazy with their BS fees. THAT is the real crime.
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I have a friend that makes great money doing just this. You can't blame them for taking advantage of the situation - it's just supply and demand in some ways.



This. Scalpers can do what they do because there will always be morons that will pay them.

If magically, everyone suddenly decide to only by tickets from the venue directly and not anywhere else, scalpers would go broke (i.e. they would drop a load of cash on tickets that no one would buy..)

That's just a fantasy. Stupid people buy the tickets from them. The higher price is like a tax on their stupidity.
#18
A lot of gigs are doing e-tickets or ones with your name printed on them now to counter touts. I'm still ambivalent towards it, as while I like stopping scalpers, it means that you can't get your money back or give the ticket away if you can't go to a show. Especially seeing as tickets are pretty much always non-refundable (unless there is a cancellation) I can imagine it'd annoying for group bookings as, from my experience, it's near impossible that everyone will make it in the end.

At the moment it's a pain in the ass to get tickets to plays and theatre,the easiest way is to book months in advance, usually before the thing has even opened and before you can hear if it's worth wasting money on (especially considering big shows are £50+ just for a basic seat...) If you get the impulse to see a play/musical on short notice, your options are to either pay double or more through touts or queue up at the box office for a few hours before and hope for extras.


Scalpers here only really impact on West end stuff as they buy everything and then sell it at a ridiculous price to tourists who on turning up in town immediately want the whole 'authentic london theatre' experience which prices out the less affluent and the young, and leads to the industry constantly bemoaning the lack of class diversity in the audiences and has most people of the opinion that theatre (except a few of the major musicals) being for the rich or the tourists.

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#19
I don't see the problem with scalpers. No one has to buy from them, and if no one does then they lose out. They're just making an investment.
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A lot of gigs are doing e-tickets or ones with your name printed on them now to counter touts. I'm still ambivalent towards it, as while I like stopping scalpers, it means that you can't get your money back or give the ticket away if you can't go to a show. Especially seeing as tickets are pretty much always non-refundable (unless there is a cancellation) I can imagine it'd annoying for group bookings as, from my experience, it's near impossible that everyone will make it in the end.

At the moment it's a pain in the ass to get tickets to plays and theatre,the easiest way is to book months in advance, usually before the thing has even opened and before you can hear if it's worth wasting money on (especially considering big shows are £50+ just for a basic seat...) If you get the impulse to see a play/musical on short notice, your options are to either pay double or more through touts or queue up at the box office for a few hours before and hope for extras.


Scalpers here only really impact on West end stuff as they buy everything and then sell it at a ridiculous price to tourists who on turning up in town immediately want the whole 'authentic london theatre' experience which prices out the less affluent and the young, and leads to the industry constantly bemoaning the lack of class diversity in the audiences and has most people of the opinion that theatre (except a few of the major musicals) being for the rich or the tourists.

/simplified cynical analysis of theatre industry


yeah, Bruce Springsteen tried that but he stopped because he couldn't sell out big venues. It's a good idea for smaller venues, but its not cool when you go to a concert at Wrigley field and half the seats are empty.