Where did all the tickets go? Welcome to the reality of legalized scalping
Minnesota — Like a whole lot of other tweens, Carole Bidon’s granddaughter loves Disney’s “Hannah Montana.” So when the Inver Grove Heights grandmother heard the show’s star, Miley Cyrus, was coming to the Target Center on Oct. 21, it was a no-brainer – Bidon was going to buy tickets for both of them.
Easier said than done. . .
Bidon was ready and waiting the day the show went on sale via Ticketmaster. When she finally got through on the phone, she had the chance to buy four tickets. Four single tickets, spread throughout the arena, which wouldn’t exactly work with a 6-year-old. Bidon asked the Ticketmaster operator to try again, and when she did, those four seats were gone, too.
Frustrated, but not ready to give up, Bidon turned to the Internet to find hundreds of “Hannah Montana” tickets available through resellers – some priced at more than $1,000 apiece.
“Somebody is buying up all these tickets, but it’s hard for me to fathom how they do it,” she said. “There’s these tickets at exorbitant prices all over the place. I don’t get it. I just don’t get it.”
Can’t anyone stop ticket resellers?
As of Aug. 1, ticket scalping is legal in Minnesota due largely to the fact that it was already so widespread and difficult to enforce. If there were a foolproof way to stop scalpers, it would’ve been in place long ago.
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