ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A proposal to prohibit restrictions on paperless event tickets is moving through the Legislature, pitting concert promoters and the Minnesota Twins against ticket resale websites such as StubHub.

The Senate Commerce Committee approved the legislation on a 10-4 vote Wednesday.

Republican Sen. Chris Gerlach of Apple Valley says his bill would allow people who buy event tickets to sell or transfer them without restrictions. Supporters include eBay, which owns StubHub, and a fan group opposed to restrictions on paperless tickets.

Concert promoters and venues including Target Center say the bill would benefit scalpers and hurt fans. They say artists such as Bruce Springsteen sometimes issue restricted tickets to ensure that only fans get them.

Twins president Dave St. Peter testified last week that scalpers are winning the fight with fans.

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Comments (6)
  1. Dave L says:

    good, let supply and demand play out. If you price your tickets too low on the primary market, people will sell them for more money. This isnt hard people.

    1. Don C says:

      Does that mean when gas is $5.00 a gallon you will not complain because it is supply and demand playing out.

      1. James says:

        Yes Don, that is supply and demand. It changes your demand, so you probably won’t pay $5/gallon for gas. Someone who really wants gas will pay $5/gallon.

        Same thing with ticket sales. If the tickets cost $150/seat, someone willing to pay $150/seat will pay the money. The scalpers will be stuck with the rest thus lowering their prices, or selling them for the appropriate profit. It also means that if a scalper wanted to buy a ticket from Joe Blow who doesn’t want to go to the concert anymore, Joe Blow has every right to charge the scalper $130/seat as well.

        Don’t forget, season ticket owners who don’t go to all the games might also make out well by selling the seats they otherwise can’t go to. Would you rather see empty seats in the stands?

        Is this a game of the rich winning? Sure it might be. Should be incentive enough to get off your ass and work hard if that concert ticket is so important to you. As if the concert promoter should give these things away for free? We’re not talking about bread and water here folks. Now everything should be free and priced according to what each can afford. Join a church group or something if you want charity. I have no time for that. I grew up poor on a family dairy farm and we worked hard for everything. It took me a lot of hard work before I was able to eat gold for breakfast and fly my unicorn to work every day. At least I’m done now and don’t have to work hard anymore though, right? It’s all about the beach. I’m all set, living the dream, able to pay $150/seat for a twins game. Now, go fetch me a beer please. Thank you.

      2. Dave L says:

        Well said James. The gas scenario is a perfect example. I for one drive less because of it. When the oil countries realize they can make more with quantity used, the prices will fall. Also, vehicles, heaters etc will become more efficient to adjust.

  2. Kevin N says:

    Ticket scalpers are scum. They snap up as many tickets as they can get away with buying so that the real fans don’t have an opportunity to buy tickets at the normal retail price. …then they go and sell tickets at over-inflated prices because people don’t have an alternative.

    Scalpers have done nothing to arrange or pay for the event/concert/game that they sell tickets for, but profit as unwanted opportunistic middlemen. The venues don’t want scalpers, and most of the time the general public suffers because of them. We’d be a lot better off if there was a way to effectively ban them.

  3. Jon says:

    Gas would be a valid comparison if there was a country that bought the majority of the world’s oil, doubled the price, and then put it back on the market. If you want it so badly, you’ll pay $10/gallon. Heck, why not $20/gallon? That’s supply and demand people. Don’t like it? Get a better job.

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