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Published: Tuesday, Dec. 21 2010 12:00 a.m. MST

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ECR
Burke, VA

Hear, hear Joshua. And it's hard to deterime who is the bad guy - the one selling the tickets or the one buying them? I think both.

John Charity Spring
Alloway, NJ

This letter is absolutely correct. As ECR stated, anyone who bought or sold these tickets should be ashamed of themselves.

The LDS Church provided these tickets to the general public for free. It is a blasphemous slap in the face to the Church to take advantage of its generosity by accepting the free tickets, and then turning right around and selling them.

Would one accept food as a welfare donation, and then try to make a profit by selling it? That is no different than what happened here.

Unfortunately, we live in an age of greed. Sadly, many gave in to this impulse with the tickets. Was the cost of what they have lost worth the few pieces of silver they obtained?

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

It's called free market.

If you don't buy the tickets from those reselling, then the problem will stop since those reselling won't make a profit.

It's amazing what free market economics can do people.

The only alternative is to ask for government intervention. The same people complaining about those reselling are the same people that rant all day about government intervention.

What do you guys want?

ECR
Burke, VA

Real Maverick - Please provide evidence that I have EVER ranted "all day about government intervention."

I'm not saying it won't continue to happen, I'm simply stating my opinion about the character of those who would participate in such a transaction. Based on your 'rant' I'm assuming you're OK with free marketers jacking up the price on goods to make maximum profits when less profit could still equal the same amount of income simply by increasing production and creating more jobs. Is that what you are saying with your 'free market' lecture?

I say bring on the government intervention.

Uintahiker
Saratoga Springs, Utah

Just curious, I've seen whole page advertisements promoting the sale of last year's concert with Natalie Cole. So it's ok for the Church to make money off the concert, but not the people with tickets?

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

There is a market willing to pay an acquisition and delivery fee above and beyond face price on these items? That gives me an idea...

Independent Woman
West Jordan, UT

Is Real Maverick, and some of the rest of you, aware that no one was "reselling" tickets because they didn't buy them in the first place. The tickets were FREE.
And for Uintahiker, the Natalie Cole concert was last year. The tickets for that one were also FREE. Putting together an album for people to listen to was never meant to be free.
Boy, people around here really like to spout off about things they know nothing about. Very sad, especially at this nice time of the year.

metisophia
Ogden, UT

I thought Utahns liked capitalism.

Schnellerton
South Jordan, UT

From ECR:
Based on your 'rant' I'm assuming you're OK with free marketers jacking up the price on goods to make maximum profits

Yes. I am OK with jacking up the price for maximum profit. When I overshoot the price the market will bare, someone else with very little effort can provide the same service at less cost. That's the principle of competition.

Without the invaluable service that scalpers provide, those without tickets who wish to see the concert stand no chance of attending. This is not about character, morals, or blasphemy as some have said. The scalper invests time and effort into the ticket marketplace and what profit he makes is a return on that investment.

Schnellerton
South Jordan, UT

P.S. - I buy the ticket at the agreed price and I get to attend the concert. The scalper makes a profit. Both parties are satisfied. What harm has been done?

People who decry the resale of free tickets cannot prove harm or sinister intention. They simple don't think it's fair for someone else to get the opportunity to go and then sell something they got for free. So what?

Someone got a free ticket, he wants to sell, you want to go... so buy a ticket already and stop whining about not being able to go.

Uintahiker
Saratoga Springs, Utah

To Independent Woman-

My point still stands. You said nothing that refutes what I said. So I'll ask again, why is it ok for the Church to make money on a concert, but the rest of us can't? I've attended the Christmas concert for every year for the past 25 years so don't sit that and presume that you have some extra knowledge that the rest of us don't.

Zadruga Guy
West Jordan, UT

Reselling of tickets insures that anyone who sufficiently wants to go to the concert can do so. No one is being forced to buy tickets. And no one forced the Church to give away the tickets in the first place.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

The Church provides tickets to the concert for free. What the package advertisement comment was about I have no clue, but it was not people buying the tickets from the Church.

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