You’ve Been Sold Out

Your phone alarm goes off. You refresh the web page that’s been loaded for hours at the exact second those Springsteen tickets go on sale. And yet there are no decent tickets available. So you take a risk, and you refresh again to see if a second try will yield better results. It’s sold out. Welcome to the darkness on the edge of town, where you’re most certainly not alone. Consider this: “A single high-tech scalper bought more than 1,000 tickets in less than a minute for one U2 show at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for Springsteen’s 2016 River tour started appearing on secondary ticket-selling sites like StubHub before they went on sale.” A three-year investigation by the NY Attorney General confirms what you already know: Ticketing is a fixed game. (Bruce, if you’re reading this, hook me up.)

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