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Wakeman: Lessons Learned From the Man Suing Ticketmaster
I had a chance to sit down and chat with Eric Fuller (link to the podcast) , a broker that has become well known in ticketing circles for his lawsuits against ScoreBig and Ticketmaster, to discuss his ongoing lawsuit against Ticketmaster and the current state of tickets in the United States. The conversation... Read more
Opinion: Restricting Ticket Resale is Economic Illiteracy
Today, Ticketmaster announced that it will close its two secondary ticket resale sites, SeatWave and Get Me In. From October, they will be replaced by a system which allows fans who no longer want a purchased ticket to resell it via Ticketmaster – but for no more than the... Read more
New York Congressman Espillat Stands Up for Small Businesses With Letter to FTC
Congressman Adriano Espaillat, who represents the upper Manhattan New York 13th Congressional District, recently wrote to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding small business participation in the online ticket sales market (PDF). In supporting small and minority participation, Congressman Espaillat wrote that the “live-event ticket sale industry is a... Read more
Wakeman: Pricing and Taylor Swift’s Latest Bit of Bad Press
I was flipping through ticket Twitter yesterday and saw another story about Taylor Swift’s upcoming tour. I wrote a week or so ago about all the challenges that this kind of stuff presents to the industry, but it seems that this Taylor Swift tour is shaping up to have any number of unintended... Read more
Janet Jackson Extends ‘State of the World’ Tour, Adds US Dates
Janet Jackson will be visiting the U.S. this summer as an extension of her previous 56-date run of ‘State of the World’ tour. Jackson embarked on ‘State of the World’ tour last year from September to December, which she renamed after originally announcing a tour titled ‘Unbreakable’ – which... Read more
Opinion: What does the Collapse of RazorGator Say About Ticketing Today?
Over the course of the week, news has been breaking about Razorgator going bust. Yesterday, the news was confirmed with Razorgator saying that they had entered “formal insolvency.” If you look around the ticketing internet, you will see a lot of comparisons to ScoreBig and a lot of talk... Read more
Opinion: The Myth of “Face Value” in Event Tickets
The Canadian government sued Ticketmaster this past month alleging misleading ticket price advertising. The government found in its investigation that Ticketmaster’s mandatory fees often inflate the advertised price by more than 20% and, in some cases, by over 65%. It’s a case worth taking a close look at because... Read more
Lamenting the Loss of the Amazon Ticketing Run at Live Events
by Ian Taylor, Special to TicketNews I read the news today, oh boy. It’s only fitting that these lyrics, the very heart of modern music, should ring in my ears as I read news of Amazon Tickets closure. Having worked very closely with them on behalf of my past... Read more
Opinion: Conversations We Should be Having in Tickets
This may or may not be my last post directly about what happened in Baltimore at INTIX, but it isn’t really an INTIX post at all, but one that is more directly directed at the world of tickets as a whole and how the industry can have better conversations... Read more
Opinion: Taylor Swift and the Myth of “Slow Ticketing”
by David Wakeman, Special to TicketNews So the “Taylor Swift tickets aren’t selling well” story seems to be everywhere these days. I’m really not surprised. There’s a lot to unpack in this story and several lessons that we can learn on the upside and downside of trying to control... Read more