Thursday, February 5, 2009

"Sold Out"... and so is the Concert...

It certainly appears Ticketmaster has "Sold Out" the fans and it's great to see the artist sticking up for his fans... I've always suspected Ticketmaster was up to these kinds of tricks.... lots of times I have tried to go through their system to get tickets for major events only to find out that "all" the good seats were "sold out" but miraculously a week or so later they would have some new available tickets for up front seating... I suspect they were "pushing" the cheaper sections before releasing the better seating... surely someone will dig into this and make them own up to better practices.... on another note, I watched Springsteen's Superbowl performance and I must say it was the most impressive I've ever seen and there is no wonder why this concert quickly "sold out"...
Bruce Springsteen says he’s "furious" with Ticketmaster
THE ASSOCIATED PRESSTRENTON, N.J. — Bruce Springsteen said Wednesday that he is angry with Ticketmaster and believes its selling practices constitute a conflict of interest. When tickets for Springsteen’s show at New Jersey’s Meadowlands went on sale Monday, some fans got an error message on their computer screen that shut them out. The potential ticket-buyers then saw an ad for Ticketmaster subsidiary TicketsNow offering tickets for hundreds of dollars more than face value. Springsteen said on his website Wednesday that he and the E Street Band are “furious.” “We perceive this as a pure conflict of interest,” the band said. “Ticketmaster is there to ensure that we have a good, fair sale of our tickets at their face value plus normal ticketing charges.” TicketsNow allows people who have tickets to exchange, trade or sell them at marked-up prices. The band said it has received assurances from Ticketmaster that it will stop redirecting Springsteen fans to TicketsNow. The snub to Springsteen fans on Monday prompted U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell to call on the Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department to investigate possible conflicts of interest involving Ticketmaster and TicketsNow. The New Jersey attorney general’s office is also investigating whether Ticketmaster has violated any consumer fraud or ticket resale laws. Several phone messages left Wednesday for Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. spokesman Albert Lopez were not returned. On Tuesday, a company spokesman said only a few fans reported problems. But state attorney general’s spokesman David Wald said the office has received more than 250 complaints since Monday. Heather Dunham, of Great Meadows, said she and about a dozen of her friends were among those who tried to buy tickets when they went on sale Monday. “The website just kept throwing us all off, telling you it was down for routine maintenance. That’s the same message we got routinely for the better part of an hour,” she said. “Then it started redirecting us to the premium ticket site,” where prices were double. “It was outrageous,” said Dunham, who has previously purchased Springsteen tickets from Ticketmaster. “It’s corporate greed at its worst.”

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