‘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?
- jimK 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.
- LeslieG 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.
- Bruce 11/24/2022
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.
- Anne 01/24/2023
I saw a woman crying hysterically because she didn't get a ticket. Honestly, some people don't have food!!!
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.
- Robert 11/24/2022
A local business did me wrong can I get Congress to hold hearings and the DOJ to investigate?
- Charles 01/27/2023
Tickets to events are pricey enough. Why pay additional fees.?
All venues should sell directly, on site and on line.
- Steph 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.
- Adam 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."
- John 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.
- George 01/25/2023
With huge market share and knowing her popularity they should have been prepared.
- Paul 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.
- Dale 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.
- 530 East Hunt Highway 01/25/2023
Lots of mudslinging and blame placing....little information about what really went wrong.
- Robert 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.
- Ed 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.
- Brian 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.
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!!