So you want government to "regulate" pricing? For years now, the Utah GOP has
been deregulating the energy market. Yet, did the Brad, the writer of this
article vote for a Democrat? Even during this last election, did Brad vote for a
Democrat? I doubt it.Don't complain, this is the pure deregulated
capitalism, the way you Conservatives have wanted it.Besides, why
would the theatre care? They sold their tickets, that's all they wanted.
"Obviously there are people who would rather pay $300 than stand in a line for 6
hours. The scalpers are providing a service." It's kind of like the 'service
charge' I incorporate into the cost of an imported lottery ticket or box of real
beer. There is a market for these items here, and I need to cover costs and a
modest margin to make it worth my while. It's capitalism, folks. It's all good.
is subject to rules and regulations...laws govern the marketplace in many ways.
Should there be a law that prevents a guy who bought a $55 ticket and 5 minutes
later scalps it for $185? I think so, maybe it's "just capitalism" but its
gross and unethical. Anyone catch Dwight on The Office last week with the
I want to live in a mansion on the east bench. Is it dishonest for the people
who own those houses to charge so much for them? No item at a store says
'not for resale'. They might say 'not packaged for resale' which means that the
snack size candy bars dont have the calorie and ingredients on the package. IF YOU OWN SOMETHING THEN YOU CAN SELL IT!!!
Fear not, Payson country dweller. All theater issues will be resolved when
Mayor Lord Becker--and his contractor brother--use our city taxes to construct a
Two Thousand Seat Broadway Style Theater.
Again you are wrong. It is perfectly legal to buy stuff at a retailer and then
sell it at your yard sale. Just where do you get the stuff at your yard sale if
not at a retailer? All the things at your yard sale are homemade?Just how
did you come up with the name right? It should be wrong.
Many items at stores say, "Not for resale." So it is against the law to sell
stuff that you just bought (or got at a 5 finger discount). Especially if you
don't have a retail business license. That's not capitalism.And no,
the government should not be in charge of ticketed events. Utah theaters decide
on the prices and I do think it is dishonest to rush to buy all the tickets and
then turn around and sell them at a much higher price. So that well-intentioned
people who just want to see the show aren't able to buy the tickets at the
normal price. That just isn't decent.
why do people always want to outlaw something that rubs them the wrong way?
Think maybe you could wait a day or two and then go see it? Wait for the dvd?
And why am I seeing letters to the editor about "Wicked" EVERY SINGLE
DAY?!? It's a movie / book for crying out loud. How does this impact my
Tickets and even hunting licenses should be sold through online bidding. This
lets the market determine the price. The real value for a ticket seems to have
been higher that the original price. If Utah had online bidding for hunting the
state would have lots of extra revenue. Utah could get $800 for a elk tag.
Don't subject your 7 year old to Wicked, it's full of homosexual undertones.
Nice music, devious intentions.
Buying something and then selling it for a profit is called capitalism. I
thought we were all in favor of that. Should the government be in charge of all
ticketed events and distribute the tickets however they decide? Just what is
your remedy? I think I prefer the system as it is.
Very good point, Mr. Horrocks. I like how you compared it to the housing
market. House prices are ridiculous nowadays. I see ticket scalping as buying
stuff at a retail store and then selling it in a yard sale at your own price.
Isn't that illegal? I really hope that your family will get to see "Wicked." I
hear it is a great show.
To say that scalping restricts access to the Arts is ridiculous. There are
plenty of other Artistic events that you can choose to go to that are more than
affordable. Wherever there is a high demand for something there will be a high
price. It isn't restricted to ticket sales.For those that are
complaining about tickets, you could have gotten up early and stood in line.
Those that stood in line got tickets, because the phone and internet system's
were down. If you didn't go stand in line don't complain about not getting
tickets. You made little or no effort to obtain tickets.
If their wasn't a market for the tickets there wouldn't be scalpers. If you
don't like the price then don't buy the tickets. Do we really need another
government regulation?Capitalism is why we have the things that we
do and enjoy a pretty comfortable life. Thank heavens for the capitalist. In
1967 my parents bought a 19" color TV for $400. Forty-years later you could buy
a 20" color TV for under $100. That is what capitalism does for you.While many things can be expensive, at least in this country they are
available to us. That is not the case in many places in world. Even when gas
was at $4+/gal, at least you could buy it.
And this practice is different than payday loans...how?
Scalpers are parasites and scalping should be illegal. Scalping restricts access
of the Arts to all and gives it only to the wealthy. Scalpers cater to only the
weathly who can afford to pay. They do NOT provide a service. I can could have
called from my office to obtain tickets at their regular, affordable price.
Scalping is NOT a service. Scalpers are just the lazy who can't earn a living in
a way that benefits society as a whole.
This is economics at work. For every event, there is a finite number of tickets
available. That creates scarcity, and the event itself creates demand. It all
boils down to how badly a person wants to see a given event.
Obviously there are people who would rather pay $300 than stand in a line for 6
hours. The scalpers are providing a service.
But value is a relative term. Apparently there are people out there willing to
pay the 300% markup. The original purchasers of the tickets have every right in
the world to sell them for what ever price they want.Using your
logic no one would ever be able to sell anything at any price more than the
purchase price. So much for a free market. @Sid - You sneer but I
applaud. A free market economy is the only economy with any sustainability. Just
ask Hugo Chavez how well his state run economy is doing now that oil prices have
We just went through the election process where, among other things, it was
determined that regulation of the marketplace is communism. So, you will pay
what the market will bear.
It's simple to stop it. Just don't ever buy scalped tickets. If people are
willing to pay that much for tickets, who are you to stop them? I just don't
get why the companies originally selling the tickets don't charge much more for
them, if their ticket are in such great demand.
...doesn't stop jerks and crooks from doing what's illegal.
Welcome to the real American world of true capitalism and greed. My daughter
and granddaughter stood in que for 6 hours and finally got tickets but I have a
co-worker who never had to stand in line as a friend already had them before
they went on sale to the public. Yep,
Have you ever sold a home for more than you paid for it? Have you ever made
money in the stock market? Then you are a capitalist. And while capitalism is
not perfect it sure beats socialism and communism.
The whole "Wicked" hoopla was disgusting! I am a huge theater fan but IMHO this
farce was sickening! No show is worth all this hype! You can go see the show
before the end of March in L.A. for way cheaper and it has a way better cast
than the awful touring cast that's coming to SLC. It's sad that Broadway in Utah
has sunk to new lows with this show. I'm afraid the same sickening hype is going
to happen next year with "Lion King." I for one am not falling for it!
But, but, but it's capitalism, just what the oil companies do. Make a killing!