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Hugely Overpriced Leonard Cohen Tickets Available on Ticketmaster's TicketsNow Before Tickets Go On Sale

Ticketmaster has been giving concertgoers of modest means fits of anxiety over the prospect of a merger with Live Nation, and one entity controlling the lion's share of the event ticketing  in North America. While that hasn't yet gone through, Ticketmaster hasn't wasted any time offering tickets at insane prices. Fans complained about exorbitantly priced tickets for Leonard Cohen's upcoming Canadian dates being offered through Ticketmaster-affiliated TicketsNow, days before the tickets were to go on sale through Ticketmaster. Those tickets have now been withdrawn from TicketsNow.


A Ticketmaster spokesman suggested to the Globe and Mail that those tickets were being offered by individuals and brokers who were hoping to purchase the tickets once they went on sale, and the flip them for the prices listed on TicketsNow. Bogus.


[The Daily Swarm]

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Leonard Cohen

I had every intention on going to one of his shows until I saw the ticket prices.

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Spring Training Baseball tickets are being sold the same way. Overpriced, worse seats available. Presales to season ticketholders so they can resell on Stubhub etc. The most competitive games were never on sale, sold out before the sales begin.....

Red Sox Fan

Lies. This merger better not go through.

Luckily in this economy, there aren't tons of events where profits can be made.

On sites like Stubhub/Razorgator/TicketStumbler prices are below face for most of the NBA and MLB teams I've looked at.

Not so much for Britney Spears or Elton John, however.


Holy crap, this thread is bonkers.

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TicketB*st*rd (sorry, not fond of over-charging monopolists) has apparently apologized to LC and his management about the TicketsNow trick. Perhaps if more artists of weight such as LC and Springsteen (who had a similar experience recently) stand up to them, the monopolizing so-n-sos may be forced to change their ways.

I got excellent seats through a fan presale, and although it was pricey, Cohen's show was one of very few of such quality I've seen in a lifetime, so I'm not sorry I spent the money. I still resent the nearly 20% surcharge the TicketB*st*rds tack on top, though.

Holy Crapweasel

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