‘Swifties’ Are Protesting Outside of the Senate’s Ticketmaster Hearing

Do you think Ticketmaster is to blame for the fiasco of Taylor Swift's ticket presale?

  • 35.1k
    jimK
    Voted Yes
    11/24/2022

    Monopolies by their nature do not have meaningful competition, can set service fees as they choose and provide less than adequate service.

    Break TicketMaster up, encourage actual capitalistic practices and let the free market economy regulate service fees and adequacy of provided services by forcing good old fashioned capitalistic competition. 

  • 48.2k
    LeslieG
    Voted Maybe
    11/25/2022

    Consolidation of companies and monopolies where there is a dominant marketing position in any industry removes competition needed to force improvement and innovation as we see with Ticketmaster but also is occurring in other industries. 


    https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/department-of-justice-investigating-live-nation-1234633271/

  • 6,758
    Mary
    11/24/2022

    Monopolies are horrible for the people.

  • 3,469
    Carina
    Voted No
    11/28/2022

    There are a lot more important topics than this to be concerned with.

  • 2,740
    Bruce
    Voted Yes
    11/24/2022

    Of course!  

    Their greed and monopoly power went to their heads and they stopped even considering their customers.  This is happening to various degrees throughout our economy.  Working people are paying through the nose and getting only scraps.

  • 6,138
    Anne
    Voted Maybe
    01/24/2023

    I saw a woman crying hysterically because she didn't get a ticket. Honestly, some people don't have food!!!

  • 5,273
    Archilochus
    12/06/2022

    The whole point of unfettered, free market capitalism is to achieve monopoly. Ticketmaster has accomplished that. That is what I have been taught is the ultimate American Dream. If that is the case, Ticketmaster should be celebrated, not demonized, because they have accomplished what (supposedly) every good capitalist intends to do.

  • 2,335
    Robert
    Voted No
    11/24/2022

    A local business did me wrong can I get Congress to hold hearings and the DOJ to investigate?

  • 151
    Charles
    Voted Yes
    01/27/2023

    Tickets to events are pricey enough. Why pay additional fees.?

    All venues should sell directly, on site and on line.

  • 6,203
    MrGeer
    Voted Yes
    01/26/2023

    ticketmaster, and live nation are crooks.

  • 2,929
    DaveS
    Voted Yes
    01/25/2023

    You got to understand they're a monopoly 

  • 513
    Henry
    Voted Maybe
    01/26/2023

    seems to be something to look into so it is not a trust

  • 737
    Steph
    Voted Yes
    01/25/2023

    Yes, Ticketmaster is 3 million percent responsible.  Of course, it's because Monopoloies are now allowed due to the fact that Regan undid regulations.

  • 2,706
    Adam
    Voted Yes
    01/25/2023

    The two biggest ticket-sellers merge and the question is whether it stifled competition? To bring back a phrase from my childhood, "Well, duh."

  • 151
    Lesley
    Voted Yes
    01/25/2023

    Thieves. Always have been. 

  • 1,671
    John
    Voted Maybe
    01/25/2023

    I don't give a crap about Ticketmaster or Taylor Swift....

    Well I do care about is the 31 M1 Abrams tanks that are going to Ukraine!

    Hooray for Joe Biden! 
    Why doesn't Kevin McCarthy get off his lazy ass and do something for this country besides trying to tear it down. Oh I forgot he's a traitor to this country as he's proven and his acceptance of the riders tried to overthrow this nation. Let's throw this little weasel McCarthy out.

  • 1,641
    George
    Voted Yes
    01/25/2023

    With huge market share and knowing her popularity they should have been prepared.

  • 1,173
    Paul
    Voted Yes
    01/25/2023

    It's their almost-monopoly, it's their 1/3-of-the-price surcharge, and despite pious-mouthing, I just don't think they care. As a performing artist myself, their behaviour is heinous in my opinion. But who am I? I can't fill stadia, so I'm below their radar. But if I ever rose up to their radar, they'd be getting an unwilling pound or two of flesh from my career. 

  • 96
    Dale
    Voted Yes
    01/25/2023

    I'm 73 years old and really don't give a shit about Taylor Swift music, but if ticketmaster was in charge of selling the tickets to her show, they are to blame for the screw up and should have to make it right finacially.  After all, they profited from other shows they manage the tickets for.

  • 1,379
    530 East Hunt Highway
    Voted Maybe
    01/25/2023

    Lots of mudslinging and blame placing....little information about what really went wrong. 

  • 3,469
    Carina
    Voted No
    01/25/2023

    This again? Stuff happens, deal with it!!

  • 2,335
    Robert
    Voted No
    01/24/2023

    Who in the world would pay a scapper $100,000 for one ticket to see a 90 minute to two hour concert.

     

    Granted she is a good artist she is ever very pretty and even if the tickets included a front row seat right on the stage, a backstage pass to her dressing room and on free night with her at her hotel room I wouldn't pay $1000 dollars for that ticket. My wife would also want to go to the concert so that would be $200,000 for two tickets. Give me a break. Go on Amazon and buy a very large 75 in TV with surrounding sound and a stack of 10 of her DVD's invite your friend over a enjoy the ten concerts. 

  • 226
    Ed
    Voted Yes
    11/29/2022

    Monopolies are not created to provide service.  They are designed to reap the highest possible profit for their owners at whoever's expense.  That is why all American monopolies should be broken up as they always have been in our history.

  • 19.7k
    Brian
    Voted Yes
    11/28/2022

    The whole system of buying tickets for large concerts is broken and awful. There is no free market at work here as it's a monopoly, and then you have to pay inflated rates from resellers if you can't compete with bots to buy from the original monopoly seller.

    It's high time Congress looked into this.

  • 3,469
    Carina
    Voted No
    11/28/2022

    I'm not sure that what's going on with Ticketmaster warrants a government investigation. It would seem that there would be a quality control unit within the organization that would handle problems like this. Of course, like our federal government, the propensity for greed, power, and corruption could run deep. There is a lot within our government that needs to be investigated and not by those who will give a free pass to their own party rife with corruption!!

    11/28/22