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Scalping Springsteen

While Iman and I were busy clicking away on the morning of January 27 the scalpers were at the virtual front door armed and dangerous.  This of course, for Bruce Springsteens New York and New Jersey shows.    Well rocknyc was successful and will be at both of these shows but some were not so lucky.

There were some great quotes on this
First from Ticket Master

In a TM statement on Springsteen's website, the company explained it had experienced "highly abnormal traffic patterns" that morning."We are investigating the source of the problem and are working to resolve it as quickly as possible, but tickets are selling so please stay patient," the statement said. 

"Early indications suggest that much of this traffic came from highly suspicious sources, implying that scalpers were using sophisticated computer programs to assault our systems and secure tickets with the sole intention of selling them in the resale market," the company said, noting its site had experienced two and a half times the normal traffic for a major onsale.

Why the shocker?  It’s obvious what the problem is

And now.. the politician

Rep. Bill Pascrell, who previously introduced federal legislation to monitor ticketing, announced plans to reintroduce the measure, aptly dubbed the BOSS Act, in light of TM's onsale issues.

"While many fans were unable to get tickets today, many brokers were able to get their hands on good seats for Springsteen and put them up on secondary ticket sellers' web sites where they were sold at higher prices," Pascrell said in a statement. "Whether today's problems are due to honest mistakes or dishonest market manipulation, regular folks who wanted a little entertainment were not able to get what they wanted at a fair price.

What exactly is a ‘fair price’ when it comes to Springsteen?  Free. 

From Joe Average:
"So disappointed …Was on Ticketmaster exactly at 11am when tickets went on sale for the Pru Center(NJ) and waited an hour in query then the system came up with an error message," a fan wrote. "I just wasted an hour of my time for what???" 

From Iman Lababedi:

“Got it.”

So you see it’s a matter of persisitance.  Both he and I were kicked out with error for the Izod show yet we just kept trying.  C’mon we cant stop scalpers, heck in some cases we need them but really lets not pretend its not obviously a blip on the screen.

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