Brokers Ruin the Family Experience
BY MICHAEL GANCI
I think it was blatantly obvious that I was dying to go to yesterday’s game with my father to see the first game ever at Citi Field. I was convinced that somehow tickets would fall through and into my lap at a reasonable price, and I thought that Craig’s List would make it a bit easier for me to pick up a pair of tickets for something less than an arm and a leg. Boy was I wrong. The brokers own the internet. Tickets were going for a minimum of $250 each on Stub Hub! Isn’t that outrageous? And the thing that bothers me most is that the same brokers control all of the ticket sites on the internet, and I got verbal confirmation of that on the phone yesterday.
I called ticketliquadator.com at about 4 p.m. I was checking in to see if the prices would lower as it got closer to game time, and the woman told me that the brokers control the prices and that they need to have the tickets sold online by an hour before game time. She told me that the same brokers post the same tickets on all 900 of their sites. That is preposterous. In a day where monopolies are outlawed, the government needs to take a long hard look at the system and how tickets are dispersed. When the average Joe can’t get two tickets and the broker has 90, then you know there is something wrong with the system.
I read in the Daily News earlier in the week that there is a bill being considered that would make tickets go on sale to the people before the brokers. I am not sure how they would weed the brokers out, but I have a feeling that they would find a way to get the tickets anyway. When you have friends in the right places, it’s easy to have strings pulled. Plus, such a bill would hurt their business, and I am sure the brokers would not take this with a grain of salt. They would be sure to put up some sort of fight.
When people came home last night after spending $300 for a single ticket, do you think they will say it’s worth it? All I know is that for a college student. I just couldn’t take such a costly leap.
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