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  posted on 2/9/2008 at 10:50 PM
Please help me understand this.

Regardless of what date you click on, you have 10 possible auctions to bid on for each night .You can bid on either 2 ,3 or 4 tickets.

Technically, that means that there are possibly 40 seats that are up for auction to EACH
show.

Do I understand this correctly ?

THAT'S 40 TICKETS NOT AVAILABLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC !

That's a nice job done by all involved.
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Jim Dolan
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  posted on 2/10/2008 at 10:06 AM
nobody wants to take a stab at this ?

If I'm correct in my assesment they we as fans are really getting the shaft once again.

 

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  posted on 2/10/2008 at 10:29 AM
yup.

 

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  posted on 2/10/2008 at 11:24 AM
I wasn't around for the pre-sale and have just been trying my luck at the general sale .
No tickets available for the show I wanted to attend but there is an " auction"... from the company that had them on sale originally. I really hope one night at the Beacon there are only about 75 people in the audience.
This outfit pretty much sucks.

[Edited on 2/10/2008 by Haisija]

 

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  posted on 2/10/2008 at 11:27 AM
Do the auctions benefit charity?

 

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  posted on 2/10/2008 at 11:29 AM
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Do the auctions benefit charity?


Unless you call Ticketbastard a charity... no.

 

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  posted on 2/10/2008 at 11:39 AM
Yeah these auctions do seem quite suspect. I wonder of the ABB makes any of the additional money?

 

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  posted on 2/10/2008 at 12:16 PM
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Yeah these auctions do seem quite suspect. I wonder of the ABB makes any of the additional money?


somehow I doubt it.

 

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  posted on 2/10/2008 at 08:17 PM
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Yeah these auctions do seem quite suspect. I wonder of the ABB makes any of the additional money?


somehow I doubt it.


Note: I am not trying to defend TM here. Far from it.

We have seen for many years that the management of the band (and no doubt the band itself) have taken very seriously both 1) the provision of tickets to the band's long time fan base (namely: us), and 2) the importance of taking steps to prevent brokers/re-sellers/scalpers from obtaining choice seats by way of band sponsored pre-sale.

To that end, the band has acted in a way which seems quite dedicated to their core supporters.

Or, to put it another way, they have exercised a keen control over ticket sales, and that has made all of us happy.

There is nothing that I am aware of, NOTHING AT ALL, that suggests that the increased valuation of auction seats sold by TM goes solely into the pockets of TM. That would make no sense, especially in view of the obvious dedication which the band has consistently shown to the care of it's ticket sales.

I think the rather clear inference here is not that these auctions are the result of any number of factors, including:

1) Greater ability of the artist, via it's management and the magic of the computer age, to control ticket sales, and to legally, and legitimately, receive for themselves the increased valuation of their concert tickets.

Or, to put it another way: Does the band have an obligation to sell front row seats to just anyone - and very often to unsavory brokers, etc. - and then to find that those seats are consistently being resold so that someone else, other than the band, can profit from the band's popularity?

2) The abolishment of statutes outlawing ticket scalping in NYC.

It is now relatively legal to resell tickets here in NYC; the mayor of the city himself remarked that he feels it's entirely appropriate for tickets to sell for actual market value, even if that value is higher than the actual scale of prices when access to the tickets themselves became available.

Again: being fair to the ABB, especially given out dedication to them: Who should be receiving that extra valuation, which the law NOW ALLOWS: brokers, or the ABB?

Many of us have been following the band for decades; I am among them. (And with very little provocation, I will proudly show you my 30 year old ticket stubs from back in the $7.50 days.) And while I wish tix were cheaper, I can't at all fault the band for their current ticket price policies. I'd rather see them at the Beacon that The Garden, then Radio City, or just about anywhere else in NYC which I can think of. And if it costs me a bit more to see them from one year to another, I chalk that up to extra costs, and them being entitled to the extra bucks.

TM's a company I wish I never again had to deal with. But they're here for now. And I like better buying from them rather than having to stand on the lines I stood on in 1976. And I have no reason to believe that the ABB would be foolish enough to give to TM the extra money made by selling the premium seats for premium prices.

Like it or not, the odds are very good that those extra bucks are going to the ABB. I think they're entitled to the money. Whether you do or not is up to you.

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  posted on 2/11/2008 at 07:37 AM
The auction is pretty amazing. They don't even have to go to the pretense of creating a name of a ticket brokering outfit. They just let the suckers outbid each other.
I'd like to say that the people should boycott this, however that's NOT realistic. People with money to spend have no problem with $ 360 per ticket.
It's a pretty disturbing development in the concert ticket business at least for the common folk!

 
 


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