Outlaw ticket scalping

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  • Hypocrisy
    Dec. 16, 2008 7:37 p.m.

    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.

  • Dave Says:
    Dec. 16, 2008 6:34 p.m.

    "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.

  • Even capitalism
    Dec. 16, 2008 6:30 p.m.

    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 dolls??? Nice.

  • To Heidi
    Dec. 16, 2008 3:33 p.m.

    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.

  • Hatuletoh
    Dec. 16, 2008 3:31 p.m.

    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.

  • to right
    Dec. 16, 2008 2:40 p.m.

    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.

  • Heidi
    Dec. 16, 2008 2:31 p.m.

    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.

  • wait for the dvd
    Dec. 16, 2008 12:36 p.m.

    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 life?!?!?!?

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 16, 2008 12:29 p.m.

    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.

  • wicked and children
    Dec. 16, 2008 12:20 p.m.

    Don't subject your 7 year old to Wicked, it's full of homosexual undertones. Nice music, devious intentions.

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 16, 2008 11:31 a.m.

    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.

  • Right
    Dec. 16, 2008 11:30 a.m.

    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.

  • Bill
    Dec. 16, 2008 10:47 a.m.

    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.

  • xlib
    Dec. 16, 2008 10:22 a.m.

    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.

  • Grover
    Dec. 16, 2008 9:34 a.m.

    And this practice is different than payday loans...how?

  • Brent
    Dec. 16, 2008 9:34 a.m.

    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.

  • Roscoe
    Dec. 16, 2008 9:18 a.m.

    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.

  • Dave
    Dec. 16, 2008 8:18 a.m.

    Obviously there are people who would rather pay $300 than stand in a line for 6 hours. The scalpers are providing a service.

  • Sorry Brad
    Dec. 16, 2008 7:36 a.m.

    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 plummeted.

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 16, 2008 6:57 a.m.

    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.

  • Mahershalalhashbaz
    Dec. 16, 2008 6:55 a.m.

    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.

  • Making laws...
    Dec. 16, 2008 6:55 a.m.

    ...doesn't stop jerks and crooks from doing what's illegal.

  • Jenny
    Dec. 16, 2008 6:48 a.m.

    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,

  • RE Sick Vic
    Dec. 16, 2008 5:13 a.m.

    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.

  • Jason
    Dec. 16, 2008 4:22 a.m.

    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!

  • Sid Vic
    Dec. 16, 2008 1:37 a.m.

    But, but, but it's capitalism, just what the oil companies do. Make a killing!