Minnesota legislators march into ticket thicket

  • Article by: JENNIFER BROOKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 27, 2012 - 10:01 PM

Critics say House bill favors out-of-state resellers.

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jarlmnMar. 27, 1210:10 PM

If our legislators wouldn't spend so much time kow-towing to fat-cat sports franchises and wiping the noses of credulous sports-fans, perhaps we cold get something done about the *real* things this state needs done. Bread and circuses while Rome burns...

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member11Mar. 27, 1210:45 PM

As a longtime arts creator, producer and performer I believe people should be able to convey tickets they possess to whomever they wish, for free or any other price up to face value. I'd rather see a full venue than empty seats because scalpers sat on tickets they priced out of the market.

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tadesheMar. 27, 1211:17 PM

The world is sick and tired of the middleman. Can a person no longer buy something for a fair price? The fees and other charges on tickets is a joke. Who is running the country? Coporations or the government? Its very clear that with unlimited political contributions from the private sector, the country itself is up for bid. This issue is one of many that is powered by cash. Who wants to buy the political power to decide this issue? Time will tell, and as it will continue only to hurt the general puclic who just wants to see an event or concert for a fair price. The nosedive continues for the people of this once proud counrty.

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kingcoleyMar. 27, 1211:27 PM

I just want to see the show, man.

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sjhuotMar. 28, 1212:26 AM

Never understood why I couldn't sell a ticket that is my property.

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mcjoe1Mar. 28, 12 1:06 AM

What happened to the day when the biggest fans had first dibs on tickets. When people used to camp out in front of the ticket office. They should seriously consider creating some kind of "camp out" game on these ticket sites to where people can virtually queue online and as long as they stay active on their profile answering bot-proof questions they are able to stay in their virtual spot for selecting the tickets starting in order once they go on sale.

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elstongunnMar. 28, 12 1:34 AM

Should a sporting event or concert reflect strict capitalist ideals? Unfortunately for the consumer, that's the way it's going. The Twins World Series trophies from 87 and 91 are locked in the Champions Club beyond an impassable moat. At TCF, being over 21 years old doesn't give you permission to get a drink, but being rich enough to get into an exclusive suite does. Now the so-called free market is making out-of-state ticket scalpers rich while screwing over average fans.

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jamue11eMar. 28, 12 2:21 AM

Part of the problem is the upset fans, pay the prices to the bot buyers. Why? Little Suzy just has to see Taylor when she comes. If a ticket is supposed to go for $75, and a reseller wants nab them up, and sell them for twice that, we the people need to fix that. Not the legislators. Don't purchase the tickets! Let these places sit on a stadiums worth of tickets. Might make the venue, the entertainer and a few others think twice. Then again, I doubt it. But, it would be worth it kind of to see a " sold out show" with a fraction of the seats filled because the tickets were never "re-sold". Venue, entertainer win - but what fun is it to play to a stadium of 400 people when it is a sold out show?

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murphydogMar. 28, 12 5:36 AM

tadeshe-- Great post! Why should such common sense issues be anything political? Nothing is ever just discussed as what is best for we, the people of our country. Sad indeed.

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gking2mnMar. 28, 12 6:18 AM

all they need to do is outlaw the bot business. And put a limit on ticket quantity, the issue will go away. how many people really buy 100 tickets for a event. and if they need to have the managing facility verify the purchase.

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