@scottalanmiller said in What Are You Doing Right Now:
@RojoLoco said in What Are You Doing Right Now:
"We’re not gonna agree on everything. Okay? But we should agree on this. If you buy tickets at face value and then resell them for a profit, you’re a piece of shit. "
I've never understood this. It's just normal reselling. Why do we call one scalping, but another reselling? To the point that most people feel resellers are a positive thing, and like the discussion yesterday, vendors actually promote them. What makes it good in one case, and bad in another?
In the case of tickets, the resellers flood the online presale and on sale dates with traffic, they buy up all the tickets at full price (retail), then mark them up ridiculously. That way, the real fans of $band or $sportingevent have no way of getting retail price tickets when they go on sale, they are forced to pay an upcharge mandated by a motherfucker who hasn't ever even heard the band or roots for the team. If they got a discount and sold at face value (full retail), no worries. What you refer to as a "reseller" (in the IT world) I would assume is paying a wholesale/dealer price and working above/below the "retail" price. But that's comparing apples to trucks. In regards to event tickets specifically, the scalpers have been the ones driving up prices far past the point of ludicrous for decades now. Most of the concerts I saw when I was under 25, I was forced to pay over face value because of scalpers artificially raising the demand by making the show sell out in 30 minutes. Now they control the price, a monopoly on the market of _____ in concert, so everyone who actually lined up to get tickets because they are a fan get screwed. I'm not talking about anything here but event tickets, concerts and sporting events. Tech gear, shoes, building materials, whatever else you're going to try to compare has nothing to do with this post.
Last year, I saw nearly 1,000 true fans get dissed at the Tabernacle in Atlanta for a Ween show... a show to which they all bought tickets on pre-sale... that were left stuck outside the venues, with the door staff claiming "we're at capacity". That was because it has been shown many times that Live Nation / Ticketmaster routinely over sells concerts in Atlanta (and everywhere else) by 50% and more. If the potential profit from all those extra scalper tickets wasn't so great, they would only sell the correct number (fire marshall capacity) of tickets. If ticket reselling were punishable by my standards, it would cease immediately. leaving those precious few tickets for smaller venues shows to the fans, not to the profiteers.
If you (any of you) don't understand why ticket scalping is a bad thing, I bet you're the type to buy all the plywood at your local home depot and take it to the latest hurricane damaged spot to sell for $200/sheet. Which, by the way, is scumbaggery.