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Thursday, May 09, 2013

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Kirk

I am a regular participant in Public Citizen; i was brought to this article from a link on their site, and i find this absurd.

This is the sports & entertainment industry we're talking about here, not the cost of medical care or grocery stores rigging prices or even gas stations colluding.

We are talking about the absolute far end of discretionary spending, after all other necessities have been considered.

This is where capitalism should be allowed to flourish to its greatest extent, where the market should be allowed to do whatever it wants, where the persons putting on the performance should be the ones to benefit most from the putting on of the performance, since it is after all their time, talent and sweat on stage for all others to admire. Most of the music of those mentioned in the articles can be found in other places for much cheaper. And if the Yankees are too expensive, go watch the Mets or the Islanders or spend the small amount of money on some other large number of available entertainment options and get on with your life.

Let's focus our outrage on more important issues and stop worrying about how Justin Bieber or Katy Perry or Neil Diamond are figuring out a way to use the secondary market to their own advantage as opposed to allowing ticket scalpers to swoop in and take their cut for those same tickets. I'd rather have my entertainment dollars go directly to the entertainers in this way than the ticket-broker-specialists who work the system to get as many of these tickets as possible in a broader market, and then getting a cut just for holding onto the tickets themselves. Who deserves it more in this case? The ticket broker on the sidelines, or the entertainer who's putting on the show in the first place?

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