Monday, November 19, 2007

Scalp The Scalpers!!!

Fans of young actress/singer Miley Cyrus, aka “Hannah Montana,” are clamoring for tickets for her first ever concert tour. Many of them are finding none available, though, except at many times their face value through scalpers and “ticket brokers” (the difference is semantic as far as I’m concerned), as the shows are selling out in minutes. One press source mentions front row tickets going for as high as $2700.00 apiece.

Folks, this is madness. To me, it represents a clash of “what the market will bear” versus “what’s right.” It's where "capitalism" translates directly to "sheer opportunism." This is not the Rolling Stones, it's a teenybopper show.

There have always been ticket scalpers looking to make a buck, but there was a time when face value was at least reasonable. I remember buying concert tickets about 15 years ago, when you could get any seat in the house for somewhere between $17.50 and $22.50 before service charge.

Now there are typically three ticket levels, with all but the most expensive (hundreds of dollars per) well away from the stage. At the same time these ticket brokers have emerged that sell tickets alongside Ticketmaster, but at even higher prices.

Nowadays the service charge and convenience charges ($10 per ticket for buying online) together equal what you paid for a ticket 15 years ago. Then there are the “facility charges.” What is this, advance payment for using the restrooms?

And you might think that spending an exhorbitant amount entitles you to the best seat in the house, but you soon find that all the prime seats have already been given away to radio stations for their undeserving listeners to win before you ever had a shot a them.


The public’s memory may be short, but I recall seeing far more elaborately staged shows in the 80s and 90s (Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Genesis) for far less money than I'm paying for a stripped down version today. WTF, people?

Scalpers aren't just the shady guys in the street, they're now also the guys in suits running these ticket agencies, the promoters and tour managers, too.

As for "Nina Nevada" or whatever her name is, let the kids see their damn show. Yes, it’s the parents who pay the money, but it’s the kids who miss out. That’s who you’re disappointing, you greedy, opportunistic bastards. You ought to be scalped… in the old-fashioned way.

Next post Wednesday: Five more to go!

8 comments:

Aunty Belle said...

Banana shamana, what IS ya sayin' Bawgs--oh sure let the preteens have their screams, but wha'? WHAT? Youse departin'? Leavin' us hangin'?

Okay...seen this comin' since youse up Boston way --yeah, thangs changed after that...but could'ja wean us a bit--ain't this abrupt, a blogus interruptus? Cain't we work this out?

Pete Bogs said...

aunt b - I gave some indication back in August that my future here was uncertain... I made a formal announcement last week, but am planning to do three posts a week through the end of this month... lots more to come... then I need to spend some time on other things... I'll be around, and She has even suggested another blogger summit sometime... I'd like that...

I have to see if and how blogging will fit into things in the coming months... I am not shutting down the site, but will cease posting indefinitely on 11/30...

Aunty Belle said...

Aw, Sugar....I hear ya'...doan like to hear it, but I gits it. Life ain't never static, new stuff must be addressed.

Will ya poke yore head in here and thar' to say "howdy"?

Yeah! Let's doan ax the contact email...then when they's a summit, ever'body can find each other.

Well, best with the comin' posts and whatever is on yore dance card thereafter.

Jack K. said...

So much for private enterprise.

Greed is a dangerous opiate.

Pete Bogs said...

aunt b - my email address will remain active, as will this site... just no new posts...

jack - my feeling on concert tickets is if you don't want to go, don't buy tickets; leave those for the fans... moreso here, because it's a show for kids... some people have no shame!

LeftLeaningLady said...

Pete, you are completely right that some people have no shame and they are stealing from children here. But, what are the parents teaching the children? Last week there was a "touch the statue" contest where the last person touching the statue won tickets to this concert, backstage passes, etc. The man who won got them for him fiance's daughter. Sweet, huh? Except (I think she was 7) when he left the house for the contest she (the kid) told him "Don't come home without the tickets". This was reported in the news like it was cute.

I would have gone back to bed.

Pete Bogs said...

LLL - that's nuts! in that case, scalp the parents...

LeftLeaningLady said...

I agree, although all of the news stories I can find about it have been scrubbed clean and the evidence of the girl (also named Hannah) being a brat is missing.

Such is life.