[rant] If everyone would indulge me I would like to get my blood pressure down.
Being a good husband I today tried to purchase Elton John tickets through the ticketmaster website.
Did all of the pre-registering and at the crack of 10:00 a.m. I connected. Most all of the selections of seating I was givin was on the opposite side of the arena or in the nosebleed section.
After 30 minutes of hitting the back button and re-trying , going through the anti-bot spelling quizes only to be offered more nosebleed tickets, their servers crashed. Great, no tickets.
I decided to search google for tickets and lo and behold a plethora of front rows , mid-sections , lower levels all to the tune of $995, $350 and $200 respectively.
Ok do a search on E-bay. OF COURSE there's tickets on E_BAY.
Some located in Fl., Reno and all over the *^%^% place.
Now I know free enterprise is a wonderful thing;/ but where and how did all of the good seats(my estimation 1/3 of the arena) go so quickly.
This concert also had a internet pre-sale. What in the H$ll is that ?
The problems I see here is that a. Ticketmaster is a monopoly b. pre-sales end up in the hands of auctioneers a.k.a. scalpers c. I'm not paying $1000 for tickets d. the artist never see any money for the exWHorEbitant pricing
e. It's the fans that suffer(wonder how many of the scalped tickets go unsold?)
Now I'm going to go download an album !