Loyal Jersey City Desk readers will remember the dust up a while back over the Bruce Springsteen tickets magically being unavailable for his shows at the Izod Center because Ticketmaster was releasing them to their subsidiary TicketsNow before they went on sale to the public. You'll recall that scam drew all kinds of national attention to Ticketmaster's shady business practices. After New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram threatened all kinds of investigations and legal action Ticketmaster said "OK, we'll never do that again and we're sorry."
It looks like Ticketmaster was crossing their fingers behind their backs. It's happening again.
But of course to Ticketmaster it's NOT the same kind of thing because they kinda sorta aw shuckins only really truly promised to not hoard tickets to their subsidiary pertaining to shows ONLY at the Izod Center.
According to the Star-Ledger:
Tickets for the Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and 2 concert at Giants Stadium -- billed as the final concerts before the football stadium is torn down -- go on sale through Ticketmaster on Monday. Ticket prices range from $33 to $98.
But as of last Friday, on-line brokers at eBay, CheapTickets, SelectATicket.com and Abby's Tickets ("Your source for sold out events") have posted hundreds of seats -- many described by section and row -- for the three concerts. A pair in section 125, row 42 for Oct. 3 are going for $2,200, while a general admission ticket (on the floor) for the Sept. 30 show is going for $385.
Amazing, really. It's high time Congress involve themselves. This is an anti-trust issue to say the least. People are getting out and out screwed over for not just concerts but sporting events, and anything else Ticketmaster sells seats to. How is it legal to have a computer model of all seats to all venues in America so all your machine needs to do is read the code and spit out the tickets and STILL charge 7$ for a 'convenience charge'? It costs them pennies to print the tickets and by any account they make a thousand percent on a fee for nothing really.
Go kick their ass Anne Milgram.