NY has some pretty ridiculous guidelines there. it justifies some of the bigger venue scalp prices like MSG..45% markup. but this could also regulate the smaller <6,000 venues like beacon at 20% isn't terrible. not as bad at 45%
These guys don't play by the rules. You ain't getting a $75 Beacon ticket for less than $90 from a scalper, not in NY, not for a good band anyway. No matter what the rules. There is zero enforcement, and by having listed prices it probably gives the scum a license to peddle their stiff. Cause they tell the cop on the beat they ain't charging more than face.
This is huge money and it's super tough to fight big business. I am in for a ticket exchange but I agree credibility is a must. Sad to say, but I trust buying a ticket off a scalpers website more than buying a ticket from a strange deadhead on the lot. Especially with these emailed tickets, I HATE buying them off strangers, you can print the same ticket off your pc multiple times and sell it over and over.
I think we do a decent job connecting fans with tickets on the fan connect section of this site. I know this forum will always have first dibs on my extras.
well of course they aren't playing by the rules. i am not sure any of the boys in blue know what the official rules are for the scalping scene..simple. scalper asking for more than guidelines allow, tell the nearest cop. "hey, he's selling his extra ticket(s) for more than the allowed 20% markup for these beacon tickets." they're so fucking hard up for money down there, i wouldn't be surprised if they went to town. if something did arise there as far as the legal aspect goes, i doubt that guy will be selling many scalped furthur seats in the future. the more you make it clear you don't want them around and don't give them business of any kind, the sooner they'll, pardon my language, get the fuck out.
maybe you shouldn't buy print out tickets from people online? i've grabbed countless tickets from furthur forum and philzone and i have never in my life been ripped off. i've never even been offered the print outs. it's not difficult to find hard tix. always speak with someone on the phone, or better yet, like many of my encounters, meet up with the person for the tix at the show, show before, or whatever if possible, obviously it's not always possible. i've never gotten bad feelings about grabbing tickets from fellow heads. personally, i'm more worried about the people who aren't buying them because they like the band.. by going to the third party scalper site and purchasing tickets, the fire is being fueled.
you're 100% right the fan connect section has helped out a zillion people with tickets. i am one of them. if we could, as tim suggested, assist in bringing that to reality day of shows at a table outside of the venue, it'd be great.