Ticketmaster's "Platinum Seats" - Another Form Of Scalping, All Over Again
On the site for a bit, I noticed a tab that was advertising Ticketmaster's "Official Platinum Seats" ... I click on it to find the best seats we were looking for (lower rows in the stands, front rows on the floor) for a much higher price.
Example: $150 tickets are $229-249 in the "Platinum" section ...
What's the explanation? (From Ticketmaster's website)
Are Official Platinum Seats resale tickets?
No. Official Platinum Seats were not purchased initially and then posted for resale; they are being sold for the first time through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster's Official Platinum Seats program enables market-based pricing (adjusting prices according to supply and demand) for live event tickets, similar to how airline tickets and hotel rooms are sold. The goal is to give the most passionate fans fair and safe access to the best tickets, while enabling artists and other people involved in staging live events to price tickets closer to their true value.
So all of a sudden, some of the best seats to the best shows are held so that Ticketmaster can take in an even LARGER profit?
Whatever happen to "luck of the draw" and real fans waiting for the first 10 minutes of on-sale dates and purchasing tickets ...
Whatever happen to it being (in my imagination) "fair" so that fans would have a CHANCE at getting a decent ticket, rather than paying a scalper online or at the front door xxx amount of dollars over the original price?
Whatever happened to Ticketmaster just operating as a "fair" company?
I guess this helps offset the lack of reselling they can do on "TicketsNow" - 2009 Lawsuit
And for the record, those prices are much higher than what the rest of the internet is selling these tickets for.
Really, I'm just disgusted by this business practice, because it's praying on fans and their money and the want to attend the concert.