It’s What I Do

This is my credo as a patron of the arts these past 50+ years. I have attended over 425 live concerts and never once have I paid a scalper for my tickets. That includes electronic scalpers such as StubHub, not a penny, ever.

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Don’t feed the scalpers. Defeat the bots.

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No Ticket Resales (Photo credit: veggiefrog)

I have attended concerts and live events for 43 years now. I have been to almost 500 concert events in my life.

I have NEVER paid a scalper or secondary ticket seller for a ticket and I am NOT about to now. I get ill when I see what this market attempts to extort from the concert buying public. The sad part is that people pay these prices, shaking my head at this….

I never pay MORE than face value plus service charges for my tickets. Granted I have incurred extra fees such as fan club/venue memberships for some venues (which will discount the face value 5-10%). But I don’t support the business practice of scalping and secondary ticket selling. Its profiteering and its wrong.

You owe it to yourself to read this two-part article about the ticketing crisis in this week’s Billboard Magazine. There is a special interview with Michael Rapino, CEO with Live Nation.

http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/touring/exclusive-q-a-michael-rapino-ceo-of-live-1006377152.story

The bottom line with companies like StubHub and other ticket brokers is NOT to buy from them. I have a very simple but firm policy when it comes to concert ticket purchasing. I pay face value (plus incidental fees) or I DON’T GO. It’s that binary and absolute a decision for me.

You can stop this practice of ticket extortion by just saying NO to scalpers.  No matter how badly you want to be there. Don’t be exploited by these companies predatory practices. Only you can prevent ticket scalping by refusing to pay the predators.