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Ticket Brokers Suck Mightily

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  1. duxrule

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    Tickets for "The Book of Mormon" at the Keller went on "sale" today, or at least that's what the theatre people claim. The ticket office opened at 10 am, and as of 10:15 on the official ticket site for the show, tickets for all shows are "unavailable." However, StubHub and all of the other bloodsucking ticket brokers have plenty available, as long as you don't mind paying double-face-value or more. I thought scalping was illegal.

    Posted on October 5, 2012 - 10:23 AM #
  2. missing_kskd

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    Louis CKLYN has this right. Avoid them, sell direct and into smaller venues. I hate ticket brokers.

    Posted on October 5, 2012 - 10:32 AM #
  3. motozak3

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    As with any black market activity, it's only "illegal" (note deliberate use of quotation marks) if the Pig Empire finds out. If you maintain a low enough profile, keep your paper trail lean to non-existant and pay attention to your environment/surroundings, you'll be okay.

    But I didn't tell you any of this...

    Posted on October 5, 2012 - 10:55 AM #
  4. outsider

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    Yes you did.

    Posted on October 5, 2012 - 01:07 PM #
  5. motozak3

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    Tickets? What tickets, outsider? What are you talking about?

    *points into distance* Oh look, it's the President!

    *runs off in the other direction*

    Posted on October 5, 2012 - 02:29 PM #
  6. Andy_brown

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    Actually, there is nothing illegal about reselling a ticket to an event for a profit.
    End of story.

    Just don't try and do it where street sales of anything are prohibited, usually on private land
    like the event site. Even then, it's just a misdemeanor.

    Now selling counterfeit tickets is a whole different animal.

    Posted on October 5, 2012 - 02:56 PM #
  7. duxrule

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    I'm ranting about this on a number of boards today, and someone postes a link to an '08 piece about a Portland lady who sued StubHub over their markup on Springsteen tickets. She's championed on the internet as "fighting the scalpers," but her suit was actually dismissed. In fact, after the suit, Portland actually changed its anti-scalping law, to allow it as long as the venues "give permission." In other words, they're in on it. That sucks even worse. Check this out from the Cato Institute.
    http://www.cato.org/pubs/journal/cj15n1-4.html

    Posted on October 5, 2012 - 03:34 PM #
  8. duxrule

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    I also just did a search on the City of Portland "charter, code and policies" page, and there don't appear to be ANY ordinances dealing with ticket-selling, despite what you might read on the internets.

    Update: There is ONE code, but it deals ONLY with municipally-owned facilities (the Rose Garden, PGE Park and Memorial Coliseum).
    http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?a=15432&c=28513

    Posted on October 5, 2012 - 03:40 PM #
  9. There's a silver lining here. One the economy must be improving, two become a season ticket holder next year.

    Posted on October 5, 2012 - 05:31 PM #

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