Friday, June 22, 2012

Secondary ticket market cashing in on Pearl Jam show

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Tickets went on sale this morning for Pearl Jam's Sept. 30 fundraiser concert for Sen. Jon Tester, and promptly sold out in approximately 10 minutes. After reportedly strong pre-sales from the band's fan club — the concert marks Pearl Jam's only 2012 non-festival U.S. show — today's $55 tickets were known to be limited.

But that doesn't mean you can't still score seats. Soon after GrizTix announced the event had sold out, secondary markets were flooded with tickets at four times the face value, or more. The cheapest seats on StubHub start at $249, with some asking $500 for similar sections. Floor seats can be had for as much as $2,353.

Craigslist is filled with more seekers than sellers, and those selling aren't listing prices. Perhaps that's because of messages like this one from one unhappy fan:

Dear Scalpers,

I'm still going to the show with or without tickets. I'm just taking a baseball bat with me and I'm going to beat down every person who stops me to ask if I need Pearl Jam tickets for inflated prices. And it's going to be fun.

No need for violence, although there are a lot of frustrated fans out there who got shut out online or left empty handed after waiting in line. (Full disclosure: I was one of the less-frustrated folks who missed out online; the image of that "Please Hold" screen is burned in my memory.)

If it's any consolation, Tester's campaign is still offering the "best seats in the world." These seats put you in a recliner on stage for the full concert, and that's after a pre-show meet-and-greet with Tester and the band, and dinner with Jeff Ament and the senator. These premier seats only costs $10 ... to get entered into a raffle.

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