Bruce sells out, bidding begins

Yes, tickets to see Bruce Springsteen at John Paul Jones Arena April 30 have already sold out¢ââ??¬“-more than four months in advance! Looks like local Bruce-heads, along with the online scalpers (places like Stubhub have plenty of pricey tickets for you, as much as $1,300 each!), have scooped up all the fun. Of course, now the bidding begins. Tickets on Charlottesville craigslist are already up for sale, $330 for two higher up center, and a pair of floor tickets the seller says are going for $400 each on Stubhub.

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Look, I love Bruce. Love him, love him, love him. And sure he could have charged an exhorbitant fee and still sold the place out. But let's please stop pretending that a $95 ticket is some kind of a bargain or a gift to fans.

Def. something fishy in the ticketing process. I was online at 10:01 and was told that there was not sufficient tickets for me to secure three tickets in either the lower or floor areas. Does JPJ have a sweetheart deal with the resellers?

No sweetheart deal (at least not with Music Today - several years ago Jimmy Buffet and Ticketbastard were caught up in a rather nasty scalping situation, though). The scalpers just have the system locked up. They are able to overpower the system when tix go on sale by throwing sooooo many people at the site.

Kudos to Bruce, though - he could have charged A LOT more than a less than $100 face value for the best seats. At $300 he would have sold the place out just as quickly. But he's never been the greedy type.

Dave, I had nearly the same experience. On and in the system at about 10 a.m. and the best I could do was lower level, near the back. However, this explains a lot:

Automated ticket-buyer software purveyor sued:
http://consumerist.com/consumer/lawsuits/why-do-ticketmaster-events-sell...

Always good to know that enterprising companies are out there, flaunting the rules and screwing the average ticket buyer.

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