From today's NJ Lawyer Daily Briefing:
ATTORNEY GENERAL PROBING ONLINE SPRINGSTEEN TICKET SALES
New Jersey's attorney general and Division of Consumer Affairs are investigating Monday's sale of Bruce Springsteen concerts tickets based on more than 250 complaints about online purchases attempted through Ticketmaster. Fans seeking tickets to shows at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New York and Izod Center in East Rutherford said Ticketmaster's Web site redirected them to the site of its TicketsNow unit, a reseller, which offered seats at a mark-ups of hundreds of dollars for concerts not yet sold out. Springsteen issued a statement condemning the practice, and the state is looking into possible violations of the Consumer Fraud Act or ticket resale law. The Consumer Affairs Division Web site has a "Bruce Springsteen/Ticketmaster Complaints" icon that links to an online complaint form. U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-8th Dist., has asked the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Ticketmaster's relationship with TicketsNow.
Could Jersey really be the David that takes down the Goliath that is Ticketmaster? Is it actually possible that this behemoth will (FINALLY) face some repercussions for the way it does business? 'Cause lets be honest -- we all know it provides almost no service for the outrageous fees it charges (I mean really, they charge $2.50 for you to print your own fucking ticket!). And now the link with a scalper (and yes, scalping is exactly what TicketsNow fucking does -- it buys tickets at regular prices and then sells them at a ridiculouss mark up -- everyday folks who do this are called illegal scalpers, but somehow companies that do it are called "brokers"? Fuck that.) It seems everyday Ticketmaster finds another way to make itself a ton of bucks at the expense of people who just want to see some live fucking music.
Well it would seem they fucked with the wrong folks this time. You just don't get between tickets to the Boss and his Jersey fans -- you just don't. We take our homegrown heroes really fucking seriously - Bruce, BonJovi, the Queen.... We understand tickets selling out; we understand we're fucked when it comes to Ticketmaster's excessive fees. But we do not expect to be fucked with like this. At least not with the Boss. Fuck with Britney fans if you want, but not Boss fans you fucking idiots. This is fucking Jersey people. You mess with us, we take you down. Fucking Texas don't have shit on us (I mean really, our hair is often bigger than their hats.) Don't mess with Texas? Hardly. Don't mess with fucking Jersey. Because when all else fails, there are swamps right near the big concert venues and well, lets just say we all know what the fuck they're used for...