Tickets for the December 16th Adam Lambert Glam Nation show at Club Nokia will be on sale to the general public this Friday, October 8th. But that doesn’t ease the pain for the Lambert fans who received a pre-sale password yesterday and found it did them no good.
Well before the 10/6 10AM sale time, thousands of eager fans were poised in front of their computers or redialing the phone until their fingers bled – but weren’t able to obtain even one pre-sale ticket to Adam’s Glam Nation tour close-out show in Los Angeles.
From all reports, it seems like only ticket resellers were able to get tickets to the American Idol-alum’s show. Tickets were up on Stub Hub and other outlets immediately. Ticketmaster showed “sold out” for nearly every fan that tried to purchase – this according to Twitter, multiple forums and blogs, and news articles that track Adam’s every move.
Tickets ending up on a resale site is a common and accepted practice. In fact, ticket reselling is legal in most states, even if the ticket is sold for more than face value. Ticket prices may actually be originally set at a face value much lower than what the market will bear. In other words, if a $25 ticket is made available for $100 by a reseller and someone is willing to pay that extra $75 – well, the market is for $100 tickets. Hardcore fans of many artists and sport teams will pay enormous amounts of money to get their hands on an event ticket. When special events come to Nassau Coliseum here on Long Island, the same thing happens.
But what about when an event has a pre-sale password? Members of Adam Lambert’s fan club were sent a password, which many people would think is a secret code set up so only ‘real fans’ can get the goods. But there’s nothing that says a broker isn’t a member of a fan club or site that gives out pre-sale passwords.
Is it fair? Maybe not. But it’s certainly not illegal.
Did you try to get a ticket to the Adam Lambert Club Nokia show? What about other shows or events that sold out before you had a chance to purchase? Tell us in the comments what happened – and if you would consider purchasing (or have ever purchased) from a ticket reseller.
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