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Ticketmaster's newest scam: Instant scalping

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Starman, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    I was on the Ticketmaster site shooting for Bruce Springsteen tickets for Chicago, refreshed the page within 5 seconds of when they went on sale at 11:00.00, went through the ordering page, filled out the code word, hit "2 TICKETS, ANY PRICE, BEST AVAILABLE," and sent the page before 11:00.20.


    Remember, this is within 30 seconds of the tickets going on sale.
  2. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    You're surprised to learn TicketMaster is an overpriced scam?
  3. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Oh, that's been true for years and years. It's just amazing they've become so naked about it. Usually, they go through some minimal pretense of actual customers being able to buy tickets, before going instantly to the scalpers.
  4. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    I wish Pearl Jam's boycott of TicketMaster would have caught on with other artists. They pretty much were just pissing in the wind, but I for one appreciated the effort.

    At least they still keep their ticket prices affordable (assuming TicketMaster doesn't automatically send you to a scalper).
  5. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    There was a Simpsons episode from years back where Homer is the second person on line for a show. The first guy buys 30,000 tickets, and doesn't have the money to pay for them. The ticket girl gives them to the guy, anyways, and then, when Homer steps up, the window is closed, and the girl pulls down a 'Sold out' windowshade. 'Doh'

    Tickets to events have been a scam for years. Does anyone honestly think that when you see celebrities sitting in the front row that they were on the Ticketmaster computer buying those seats?
  6. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    This is such incredible bullshit. I rarely go to concerts, but I made an exception this morning to buy Bruce tickets. No thanks. I'll just listen to my iPod.
  7. NoOneLikesUs

    NoOneLikesUs Active Member

    I remember the days before Internet purchasing when I would wait outside a record store for hours just to snag a somewhat decent seat. There were times I would be second in line and would be stuck with seats on the side of the stage or some other gawdawful place. I never snatched floor tickets in those days.

    I eventually figured out that the big concert promoter in the region had this "Concert Club" where a member paid a certain annual price to gain access to tickets before they were dropped into Ticketmaster's system. I figure most scalpers got access to the prime tickets this way and wouldn't be surprised if a similar system was in place today.
  8. OTD

    OTD Active Member

    I actually met some good friends waiting in line for Buffett tickets . . . we kept meeting up at the local Wherehouse at 5 a.m. or whatever the day the tickets went on sale. It was cool, but not cool enough to make up for TicketBastards' pain in the ass service.
  9. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    This is why I hope Ebay and stub hub put ticketmaster out of business. At least you know what you are getting with those places.

    I hate when I buy baseball tickets they charge me a $4 processing fee per ticket and then a $2 order fee.
  10. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    What is TicketsNow?

    It's Ticketmaster's own private StubHub.

    11:00.01 Tickets go on sale

    11:00:03 19,950 of 20,000 seats go to TicketsNow

    11:00:05 Ticketmaster starts displaying "all tickets sold"
  11. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Went to a concert venue to see Barenaked Ladies. Bought tickets AT THE SITE and TM still charged a convenience fee. It's a scam. I've waited in line overnight for tickets and jammed phone lines when they go on sale and every time I've used a connection to get tickets to a show they were always better than the TM seats.
  12. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Years ago I got up in the middle of the night to wait in line at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater for Elvis Costello tickets. We're very near the front of the line, but get shitty upper section seats.

    The guy behind us gets to the window and says "Elvis Costello Punch the Clock Tour '84." He gets second row.

    The ticket bullshit has been going on a long, long time.
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