I love StubHub. Gary says it's unethical.
StubHub is a legal scalping site. (It would seem that, technically, scalping is only illegal when it happens right outside a theater). Gary is terrified that I'm becoming a Republican since I work for TeddyJ, now this Stubhub controversy makes me defend the free market and supply and demand.
Of course, legal isn't good enough for Gary, we must all play fair. And that's why I love him. Here's his issue: say for example Major League Baseball sells out all the good tickets to Busch stadium for the season. They hold some back, and sell them on StubHub as an authorized ticket reseller. That way, people who didn't think ahead can buy tickets for a premium. They do that on their authorized MLB site too, only they call it variable pricing.
Of course, Gary feels a price is a price, and I understand that. We don't negotiate. He tried briefly to negotiate for the mattress but that failed almost instantly. We're always on the demand side of supply, and the supply point of view sounds like "I've got this thing, and it's fucking golden. I'm just not giving it up for fucking nothing."
So when I heard Paul McCartney is coming to Saint Louis, my fingers flew straight from Twitter to the alleged venue - a Jazz club called The Loft. Waitwhat? That was a strange link. I can find no evidence of that on Twitter, but I could swear that's what the RFT told me.
A little more research and I found Sir Paul would actually be at a larger venue: the hockey stadium, but even so tickets would go fast. (They went in 30 minutes when they officially went on sale Friday.)
Strangely, on Tuesday StubHub had tickets, even before the tickets went on sale. Even before the presale. And it would seem that's all legit. I didn't question why; I just bought the tickets as fast as I could. I'm on the side of the stage, but third row back. Here's hoping Paul moves about.
Yes, there was a premium. A 40% premium. Stubhub got 10% for themselves too. Be quiet, I'm spending the vacation money I'd saved up. And if some Ticketmaster employee just made a killing, that's fine with me. Besides, I've heard what McCartney tickets cost in other cities, and I'm right on the money.
Now, a day later when I realized Louis C.K. was in town and his $65 tickets had sold out, I didn't buy tickets on StubHub because they were at a 500% markup, and that is just wrong, especially given that Louis C.K. is against charging more than five bucks for his comedy. Go here and get some comedy.
But what do you think? Feel free to agree wholly with Gary, I don't care, I'm going to see Paul McCartney.