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Nine Inch Nails Speaks Out on Scalping

Nine Inch Nails Speaks Out on Scalping

In the run up to the 2009 summer concert season, anticipation builds among fans for the chance to see their favorite bands live. As ticket sales commence nation-wide, so does the rankor among fans about their in ability to get good tickets (or any tickets for that matter) at a reasonable price. It is unclear what triggered Trent Reznor to speak up on his bands community forum about the ticket pricing and scalping situation, but he did and in doing so,…

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Top 25 Tours of ’08: Geeking Out on the Data

Top 25 Tours of ’08: Geeking Out on the Data

The other day I was getting a haircut from Heather, my trusted ‘hair designer.’ During the course of our usual banter, I told her about this blog. The resulting discussion between her and the other patrons focused on the $5,000 ticket price they heard someone paid to see Madonna and how crazy that person is and unfair it is that ticket scalping is legal, etc, etc… This conversation frustrated me and is the reason why I am sit here at…

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TicketMaster + Live Nation = :( fans

TicketMaster + Live Nation = :( fans

After having spent a good portion of my life on the phone or internet trying to buy tickets from TicketMaster, a company that has been on the ‘Worst Companies in America’ list for years, I was really pleased to learn that Live Nation was pulling its business from TicketMaster and doing its own event ticketing service. The prospect of a choice made me wonder how soon the day would come when I could actually buy a ticket for a concert…

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How to Buy Tickets from Online Resellers

How to Buy Tickets from Online Resellers

Buying tickets from online resellers like StubHub, TicketLiquidator, RazorGator, AceTickets (I like Ace & StubHub the best), and the like is much different than buying tickets at auction on eBay or anywhere else. You must know in advance that when you buy tickets from one of these sites, you will likely pay a premium for doing so. Good reasons for buying from an online reseller / scalper include: – The show is in four days or less and you want assurance…

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The Economics of Tickets (when to buy & not)

The Economics of Tickets (when to buy & not)

If there is anything I want people to know, it is when is the absolute worst time to buy a ticket for an event. Though I formally studied concerts, I have run casual tests with sporting events and other kinds of event and discovered similar price patterns. Based on these price patterns, I establish two golden rules that will be reinfored throughout my How To writing.   Golden Rules: 1) The worst time to buy tickets is on or near…

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How to Buy Tickets on eBay

How to Buy Tickets on eBay

Buying event tickets on eBay takes patience and a willingness to wait for the seat and price you want. As long as you are looking for tickets a week or more before the event, you have sufficient time to search for the tickets you want. If you don’t have time, see my other post. Best practices for buying on eBay: – It is almost always a very bad idea to buy event tickets on eBay (or any where else for…

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