We’ve all been through the frustrating process of buying tickets at some point.
You know, your favorite country singer is coming to a town near you, and you want to do whatever it takes to see him play…
But the tickets are taken by scalpers in 0.3 seconds, and the next thing you know you’re going to have to pay double, triple, or ten times the money you were originally going to pay.
It’s incredibly frustrating when you think of all the true fans who are left without tickets because they’re in the hands of the wrong people…or just the richest.
Not to mention that scalping also affects the musicians because the scalpers are pocketing the money.
We saw that with Turnpike when they first announced their comeback, and resale markets had tickets over $1,000. But more recently, Bruce Springsteen’s tickets cost more than $5,000 in Ticketmaster’s dynamic pricing system.
According to them it was only about 10% of their tickets but still…. Bid and ask prices mean only rich people are allowed to go to concerts.
That said, Garth Brooks spoke about scalping in an interview with Fort Worth Star Telegram, along with dynamic ticket pricing in general.
“That’s a tough question… Bruce Springsteen is going through this right now. We all watch it.
Here’s the bottom line for me, and I know it’s silly, but I’ve been yelling and yelling since you’ve known me: Just turn off scalping. That’s it. Just make it illegal.
In this way, the price of the ticket is the price of the ticket. The same money is exchanged when scalping tickets, only now the money gets, that’s the difference.
What I hate about it, the hardest part is the fan that allows you to live your dream.”
While I can’t read this without hearing Garth’s creepy, skin-crawling, soft voice and imagining a tear forming in the corner of his eye… he makes a good point here.
While making scalping illegal wouldn’t put an end to it, it would be a step in the right direction.
Though G is finally ending its stadium tour (AKA plays smaller venues), it will only make this problem bigger. And he essentially admits when it comes to residencies:
“But if you’re playing Vegas, do a residency, you’re going to do dynamic prizes. It’s going to be tough so residencies are difficult but they always are anyway due to limited seating.”
Can’t pass all the money on, G.
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2022/08/04/garth-brooks-weighs-in-on-ticketmasters-dynamic-pricing-ticket-scalpers-just-make-it-illegal/ Garth Brooks Weighs In On Ticketmaster’s Dynamic Pricing & Ticket Scalpers: “Just Make It Illegal”