Oh why oh why didn't i buy an extra ticket to sell on trademe!
Around 9am on monday morning i just happened to get a message from a friend online reminding me that U2 tickets had gone on sale, so i hopped over to the ticketmaster website, spent about 5 minutes refreshing many browser windows and purchased 3 tickets @ $99 each, quickly and easily done.
However, it seems many fans were not so lucky and failed to obtain any tickets before they old sold out and many enterprising 'scalpers' have taken advantage of this, tickets have been selling for many times their face value on trademe.
There are plenty of vitriolic comments from pissed off fans about how the scalpers have deprived legitimate fans of tickets, calling them the scum of the earth. I don't feel they have deprived fans of tickets however, after all, those who buy the available tickets for inflated prices on trademe, must be fans. They are fans who would rather spend additional dollars on their tickets rather than hours lining up in the rain, the scalper has simply acted as their agent, a professional line stander if you will.
Why should queing for hours be a requisite of being a fan?, I like U2, I am glad i was able to buy tickets online, however if i was offered a choice between queing all night or paying double price for tickets, I'd pay double price, my time is worth more to me than that. In fact, it could be said that those who have paid 5 or 10 times the face value for a ticket are the real fans! and the scalpers have made it possible for these fans, who otherwise would have missed out, to go to the concert.
I'm just a little annoyed i didn't buy 1 extra ticket!