Ticket Masters
Dean Budnick and Josh Baron
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Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped
Dean Budnick and Josh Baron
400 pages
April 2012
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Have you ever thought about those so-called "handling charges" you pay when purchasing a concert ticket? Carrying charges, service charges--they come under many names. The people in this book have, and they've made millions and millions of dollars from those auxiliary costs. Ticket Masters details the the operations of major companies like Ticketmaster, Live Nation and StubHub, principal sellers of tickets who--as it turns out--care little about the ticket buyer.

The authors dive into the treacherous and cutthroat world of ticket selling and ticket scalping. They roll back the covers on the dark relationships between promoters, managers, artists, ticket agencies and, at the bottom of the ladder, the consumer.

How many times have you heard about tickets for a concert going on sale, and by the time you contact the site, all the tickets have already been sold? It's an impossibility that thousands of tickets will have sold out in a matter of minutes unless you're an unscrupulous ticketing company that is literally buying massive lots of tickets in order to resell them at highly inflated prices. This book explain all of that, and it will also make you so angry that you may never buy a ticket again.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Steven Rosen, 2012

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