Ticket Bastard – Part II


[Part II of last week’s Ticket Bastard article – written by Hoboken411 contributor Andrew B.]

Help on the way?

the-boss-has-your-back.jpgWith ticket brokers buying up all the concert tickets and selling them for insane prices, what can fans do about seeing their favorite bands at reasonable prices when they come to town?

A good old fashioned boycott isn’t a bad idea, but for the most popular acts the demand will be high enough that I’m sure Joey and his Belmar Boys will be more than happy to snatch up the tickets you’re protesting. Plus, boycotting will end up hurting the artists and they’re not the enemy. Here’s an interesting article from the Asbury Park Press which very succinctly explains how and why NY Senator Charles Schumer is introducing a bill that would help create a level playing field for true fans:

Schumer Bill 411:

  • Prohibits the resale of concert and sports tickets until two days after they go on sale to the public
  • Prevent resellers from “hoarding” tickets, which quickly drives up prices
  • Will provide fans a chance to purchase tickets at face value while still allowing a market for premium seats to be purchased from brokers at jacked up prices

While it’s great to see that politicians are bringing the heat to Ticketmaster and other brokers, will it actually help? If waiting periods for gun ownership are ineffective, will a law prohibiting scalping until two days after the public sale really be enforceable, especially where most of the transactions take place online?

See the rest – including concert tips – after the jump!

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(Ticket Bastard, Part II – continued…)

“Fair is fair!”

billy-jean.jpgDamn straight Billie Jean! Luckily for fans, there are a lot of artists who feel our pain and have been trying to fix the problem.

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails has proposed that customers’ names be printed on tickets to curb reselling. Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen often require that fans pick up their tickets at will-call with an ID and the credit card used to purchase the tickets (plan to arrive at Giants Stadium the day before if that’s the case this summer). Unfortunately there currently isn’t a “fair” solution, but where there’s a will there’s a way.

Here are some of my suggestions to help you see some great music for a reasonable price this summer:

AB’s concert picks/tricks:


  • Once again, stay LOCAL. This summer brings the return of some big-time bands with All Points West coming back to Liberty State Park the first weekend in August. If you’ve got the time, money and stamina, I highly recommend the three day pass which is available for $200 right now.
  • Buy a lawn seat if available. You can still see and hear everything, plus you have the freedom to pick your spot for under $30. One of my favorite venues with General Admission lawn seats for a summertime show is the Garden State Arts Center (I refuse to call it by its proper name). The venue draws the same lineup as Jones Beach, but for less money and less hassle. Tailgating is allowed in the lots, plus you’re already halfway down The Shore! Positives outweigh the negatives but watch out for traffic if you’re attending a Friday evening concert!
  • Register if you’re a fan. It might be annoying to receive a newsletter from one of your favorite bands every week. But opening your email address to spam from the Foo Fighters will be wellworth it when you get to purchase tickets ahead of the general public.
  • What goes around comes around. Be kind! Go ahead and bring on some hippie hate but this is the #1 rule to follow if you’re going to have a good time this summer while attending as many shows as possible. Have an extra for Jane’s Addiction? Sell it or trade it to another fan for face value. Better yet, just give it to me for all of this free advice!

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ricky roma
ricky roma
Friday, April 24, 2009 2:08 pm

easy-e – that is pretty much how they do it at the bowery ballroom and webster hall, as well as for special club shows by larger bands. it is very hard to scalp at the bowery because you need to show your ID at the door. so you can sell your extras, but you personally have to be there. i like it and hate it. i don’t like getting shut out of shows, but on the other hand i will often scalp a last minute show that i want to see spontaneously. if it is a bowery show i usually don’t bother going if i don’t have a ticket ahead of time because i know picking up a last minute ticket may be tougher than other venues.

this has been going on forever – the problem now is that ticketmaster and the bands themselves are getting into the secondary market, thereby screwing fans even more. also technology allows scalpers to buy tickets nationwide – so you can screw some kid in indianapolis now without ever leaving NY.

Thursday, April 23, 2009 4:40 pm

Oh boy. It’s not complicated.

Book the tickets like you would an airline ticket. It’s in your name and the names of those you are buying for. You show up with your ID, you get in.

Can’t make it to the concert? Too bad.

Thursday, April 23, 2009 3:50 pm

Clearly these bands are charging too little for the tickets in the first place. If $100 tix go for $500 to a scalper, the artist/promotors are underpricing by $400. Sure they probably wouldn’t sell out if they quintupled the prices – but they would sell more than 20% of the tickets for sure. Often, the promotors themselves buy up significant chunks, to make the concert appear “sold out” and then resell at stub hub or whatever.

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