February 4, 2009

A Huge Thank You to Representative Bill Pascrell of New Jersey!

And thank you to my friend Mike for sending this! I am thrilled that someone is checking into the obscenely unethical practices of Ticketmaster on Monday. I've already written to thank him.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - A New Jersey congressman is demanding an investigation after Bruce Springsteen fans were unable to buy tickets from Ticketmaster's Web site — which then promptly offered them more expensive tickets from a subsidiary.

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell of Paterson wants the Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department to investigate possible conflicts of interest involving Ticketmaster and a ticket reseller it owns, TicketsNow.

When tickets for Springsteen's Meadowlands show went on sale Monday, some fans got an error message on their computer screen that shut them out from buying tickets. A TicketsNow ad offered tickets for hundreds of dollars more than face value.

A Ticketmaster spokesman says only a few fans reported problems.


Mike said...

glad to help

Anonymous said...

Wow, I really hope that someone gets to the bottom of it. I don't go to very many shows and have only used ticketmaster a few times...but I'm totally appalled by what they are being allowed to get away with that scheme.

Too bad Pearl Jam started using them again. It would have been nice if they had been able to stage a boycott amongst their fellow bands.

BeckEye said...

Yeah, I read about this in the paper the other day and it's about damn time that someone is finally looking into this. That TicketsNow scheme is just that - a scheme. Concerts these days sell out WAY faster than they ever have, and that's because I'm convinced that they don't really sell out. TicketMaster is scum. They are the reason I never go to concerts anymore. I'll still go see Pearl Jam when I can, but it was disappointing that they didn't have the capability to fight the good fight that they started. Things are worse now than they ever were.

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