Midnight Oil

Subject: Re: [powderworks] Re:: Not a surprise, but wow . . .
From: Chris Nelson
Date: 26/02/2017, 6:08 am
To: "powderworks@yahoogroups.com.au" <powderworks@yahoogroups.com.au>

The Keswick Theater in PA also had its own ticketing system, which I think helped fans grab better seats to that show (though the best seats still did go pretty quickly).

Someone posted the following article on the Oil's FB page a few days ago.  Provides a lot of (frustrating) insight on how much the odds are stacked against us as average fans...


The most infamous ticket scalper of all time used bots to buy millions of tickets. Now he wants to stop them.

From: powderworks@yahoogroups.com.au <powderworks@yahoogroups.com.au> on behalf of 'Sara D. Linde' spinifex@gmail.com [powderworks] <powderworks@yahoogroups.com.au>
Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2017 1:25 PM
To: powderworks@yahoogroups.com.au
Subject: Re: [powderworks] Re:: Not a surprise, but wow . . .

I wonder if part of the problem, at least in the US, is Ticketmaster USA. Because I was able to get a Portland ticket no problem a day after they went on sale through the pre-sale, as they were through TicketFly. But Seattle had massive problems. 

I can't imagine that suddenly Midnight Oil surged in popularity in the week between the two pre-sale days. Maybe the secondary market/scalpers couldn't get into TicketFly's system as easily. 


On Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 10:01 AM, mossman@pacbell.net [powderworks] <powderworks@yahoogroups.com.au> wrote:

Great point about the ticket prices, and I think one of the articles posted here made a similar comment.  Here's the interesting thing for me.  In theory, supply and demand should determine ticket prices on the secondary market.  But we know that supply numbers are a bit artificial (although it's unclear to what degree).  The show didn't sell out as much as the stock was gobbled up by the secondary market.  This results in a short-term scarcity that drives these prices up, when in reality, the scarcity is not real.  That implies a fixed market, where supply and demand is not at play as much as it appears.  Of course this will correct itself over time, as the concert approaches and tickets remain on the secondary market, resulting in price drops.  But for folks making purchases on the secondary market in the days shortly after ticket release, there's a good chance they are getting fleeced.

In this case, I don't think that's happening a lot though, because a lot of the prices I saw were higher than face value, but not in an exorbitant way.

In any event, I am just surprised at how crazy this marketplace is.  I had no idea.