AUSTIN, Texas – College students are still trying to ‘shake themselves off’ after scalpers bought resale tickets for Taylor Swift’s upcoming Era tour, sometimes reaching tens of thousands of dollars, Fox News has sounded
“There’s so much gluttony in the world,” University of Texas student Leila told Fox News.
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Melis, another UT student, called Swift’s resale prices “very exploitative.”
“I don’t agree with people buying tickets and then reselling them and price gouging,” she said.
Ticketmaster crashed after millions of buyers, including bots, flooded the site to buy pre-sale tickets for Swift’s tour – the pop star’s first in five years – with some fans returning empty-handed after waiting for hours. Resale prices soared to $23,520 for the Las Vegas show and $45,000 for the Philadelphia concert.
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“I do not know how so many reselling people were able to get their hands on it because she made the system verified,” Kaylie, who bought tickets for $50 a piece through a verified fan presale, told Fox News.
Resale rates were prohibitive for the likes of Nicole, who compared prices of a thousand dollars to her housing budget.
“It’s rent money,” the UT student told Fox News. “If they have that much money to spend, then they should give it to me.”
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Ticketmaster, which sold tickets for Swift’s tour almost exclusively with SeatGeek, on Thursday canceled a scheduled public sale for the tickets, citing “not enough tickets remaining.” The New York Times reported that Live Nation, Ticketmaster, was the subject of a Justice Department investigation that began before the Swift fiasco.
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A UT student who managed to secure Swift tickets on Tuesday said she would “easily” spend $700 to gain admission to the artist’s live show. She said she supports people who drop large sums on passes.
“It’s their money. They can spend whatever they want,” she told Fox News.
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