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January 25th, 2005

E-bay @ 08:08 pm

I've been a memeber for a while, but am usually quiet.

After seeing how many tickets are being auctioned off on e-Bay, I'm pretty disappointed with the scalpers. Even though U2 is not coming to Detroit anytime soon, I still decided to write a letter with a plan to stop these scalpers from scalping:

Although I know tickets are not going on sale anytime soon for Detroit, I've heard several complaints about people purchasing GA tickets for $50 and auctioning/selling them on eBay for $400 each, which is as good as scalping. It concerns me that this may happen for future shows, and I'm asking U2/Ticketmaster to implement a plan possibly printing the buyer's name on the ticket when they purchase it, and IDing people at the entrance of the venues to prevent more people buying tickets from Ticketmaster to sell them at outrageous prices on eBay.
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Date:January 26th, 2005 03:22 am (UTC)
i think a great idea would be for the tickets to be picked up at a ticket/will call area. i was going to buy tickets to see Interpol and the tickets weren't going to be mailed, they were held at the will call where the purchaser has to pick up tickets by showing ID and the card that was used for the ticket purchase. i thought that was a great idea. just my two cents. i'm sure Detroit will be in the other US leg of the tour. and my area, Pittsburgh. *sigh* with all the problems of today, i'm kinda glad that tickets for a show in my area weren't on sale. perhaps the bugs will be fixed by the time the next leg's tickets go on sale... :)
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Date:January 26th, 2005 04:11 am (UTC)
I plan on attending the World Cup in Germany in 2006. According to FIFA, not only will our tickets be printed with our name on it, but a passport is required for ID and some sort of bio-chip will be implanted in the tickets.

Most arenas now don't pull ticket stubs, they scan a barcode. The technology is there.
Date:January 27th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
The idea about having the buyers name on the ticket isn't so good. A couple of times I've bought tickets to see bands and then haven't been able to go (grrr, still haven't got to see Muse), and so I sold the ticket to someone else for the same price I bought them for.

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