Links for 2012-02-27

  • On The Record » The hue and cry over buying and selling tickets : ‘If you really think that all 14,500 tickets for a hot show at Dublin’s O2 like, let’s say, One Direction will go on sale to the general public, you probably also still believe in the tooth fairy. While 10 per cent of the tickets are usually held back for O2’s priority customers, there will always still be far less than the remaining 13,000 tickets available on Ticketmaster’s system when the show purportedly goes on sale. How else do you think tickets for those One Direction Dublin shows in March 2013 can on sale minutes after they are sold out on the supposed primary ticket-selling site, on a secondary site like Viagogo at a hugely inflated premium? Do you really think people queued overnight for those tickets to go “nah, not bothered, have to wash my hair that night” five minutes after getting them in their hands about a show 13 months away? Perhaps we need a Dispatches-type expose over here to lift a few rocks and show the type of fat, avaricious worms wiggling around underneath feasting like parasites on the wallets and credit cards of Irish music fans.’
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  1. ben
    Posted February 28, 2012 at 07:22 | Permalink

    The primary sellers have to learn how to price and sell their tickets. If they’re selling tickets for €50 that people are willing to pay €100 for, then they’re leaving money on the table and someone’s going to pick it up. Or perhaps they are in cahoots — the primary seller cuts a deal for €75 with the secondary, but that’s money in the bank, and then the secondary has to make its own way.

    Either way, the final sales price will probably end up somewhere around the “what the buyer was willing to pay” mark.