nibbler1982 wrote: ↑Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:04 pm
Ticketmaster assuredly does not have a monopoly on ticket sales. They have many competitors, including the venues themselves.
Maybe you’re not familiar with the definition?
Saying Ticketmaster was a "monopoly" was inaccurate on my part. I strive for accuracy in my posts and realized when I was away from a computer that I had missed it on that one. Still, in all fairness, it is easy to see why most have this perception.
There are companies like StubHub, Coast to Coast, Alliance Tickets, and others, who may be competitors but don't seem very competitive, perhaps due to TMs dominance in the field.
For example, just a quick look at the same seats for a Korn show on July 26 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
Coast to Coast $442
Bridgestone's ticketing link directs you to TM.
Korn's ticketing link directs you to TM just like Kiss did.
So, TM is not a monopoly, but as far as I can see there isn't the kind of competition for concert seats that we find with airline seats and hotels. If there is an event ticketing company out there who is competing for my business, I've not found them yet.
Personally, I'm okay with that as I'm at a place in life where I've already seen my favorite bands in their prime, and I can afford to splurge now and then if the show is right. I like not having to wait all night for a good spot in the show, and enjoyed strolling up to my 9th row seat to see Kiss knowing my seat was safe.
Still, I am sympathetic to those who have to miss out because they've been priced out of the arena and I feel sorry for younger people who can't afford to go to as many shows as I used to go to as a kid. Sadly, for them, that's just the way it is.