A Heartfelt Plea From A Reader
Never underestimate the fury of an Erasure fan scorned. Here, in its entirety, is a testimony/call to action sent to The Stranger by a lady we’ll call Kimberly, because that’s her name.
I am writing about a issue that has caused myself and many others much heartache. Something must be done about scalpers. I tried to order Erasure tickets this morning and to my dismay they were sold out. I was so angry, so jealous of all the happy people in this city who were going to bask in Vince and Andy’s glory.
I decided to go to the next level. I looked on ebay, a disgusting thing to do. The cheapest tickets were $100.00. And, there were tons posted. Then I did a search and found that there are a number of “brokers” online to buy
from. Tickets start at $125.00. At this point I become furious. If there are only 700 tickets available, and I saw at least 100 postings before I gave in to my misery, what does that mean? Do we really have to pay three time the face value to see shows?
Your paper has pull in the community. Can something be done? Ask the Showbox to re-sell the tickets, a do-over if you will. Make people go to the box office to buy. I know I would, and so would anyone who truly wants to see the show. Get rid of the dirtbags. I know this will never happen, but, can we come up with a way to change this? For the future of music as we know it.
My heart is broken.
What think you, readers? Are such scenarios of “sold out” tickets becoming instant scalp product common? Are the official limits on ticket sales too easily foiled? On the Ticketmaster website, listings for upcoming shows by Fall Out Boy, Queen and Paul Rogers, and the Sasquatch Festival specify “8 Tickets per house hold strictly inforced” [sic]; for comedian Kate Clinton, the limit’s upped to 10 per household. But all limit specifications are followed by this polite warning:
Please adhere to published ticket limits. Persons who exceed the ticket limit may have any or all of their orders and tickets cancelled without notice by Ticketmaster in its discretion. This includes orders associated with the same name, email address, billing address, credit card number or other information.
As the kids say, “Discuss.”