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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Event tickets - maffia?

Have you ever tried to buy tickets for a first-class concert of your favorite artist? I bet you have. And how easy was it to get those tickets???

Selling tickets for hot concerts has become big business. Live Nation owns Ticketmaster, which owns several companies that'll re-sell those tickets for a (very) high price.



For next year, several artists have announced a concert in Belgium: Rod Stewart, Celine Dion, Adele,... to name a few.

Those tickets went officially online on a certain day from 10 a.m. But if you tried to buy tickets at sharply 10 a.m. all the good tickets were already sold, figure that.

Of course, now you'll be able to buy them from a second party (which is illegal in Belgium, but they'll find a way around that). Instead of paying 76 € for the best seats you can pay 100, 200 - even going up to 2,999 for the Adele concert!

We had to do the same when we wanted to see Barry Gibb in Birmingham (UK). We could not get tickets from the official site (at 76 £), so we bought them via another site owned by Ticketmaster. They cost us an average of 200 £, but we did not mind that because they were really good seats in front of the stage.

But 3,000 € would be a bit too much for me!

Our government wants to do something this illegal selling of tickets. It's no use we have rules when other countries permit selling through tickets.

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