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Dec. 4th, 2013

A woman in my office just got tickets to take her daughter and a friend to see One Direction at a football stadium this August (her daughter's Christmas present). They're in the nosebleed seats - waaaay in an upper deck. Price: One hundred bucks a ticket. ONE. HUNDRED. BUCKS. For seats where the band members are going to look like ants. I asked her what the floor seats were going for - and she said up to $600. I am not making this up. AND PEOPLE WERE PAYING IT. She said that when she went to get the tickets - and she logged on to Ticketmaster the moment they went on sale - New York was already sold out, and Philadelphia had only said nosebleed seats.

Good grief, this kind of thing is why I stopped going to Western music concerts. In the West, the CDs are cheap ($20 or less at Best Buy), but do they ever get you when it comes to live performances. YIKES. (And yes, I know this is coming from the woman who went all the way to Germany to see GazettE, but I got to meet an online friend and experience a foreign culture as well as see the band. My roundtrip airfare wasn't that much more than a pair of floor-level One Direction seats).

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misumaru
Dec. 4th, 2013 07:15 pm (UTC)
OMG, seriously??? Even the VIP tickets for the GazettE were less than that, and I thought they were pricey... Who would pay $600 dollars for a band? Worse than that, probably $1,200, as it's going to be mostly tweens/teens going and they'll need a parent with them... O_O
puss_nd_boots
Dec. 4th, 2013 07:40 pm (UTC)
More like $1,800 - because we're talking the initial kid, the parent/chaperone and the friend the kid with inevitably bring along. Also? Given the fickleness of tweens, who's to say they'll still be Directioners by the time the concert rolls around, since we're talking eight months down the line? (And I thought the Gaze ticket sales were far in advance . . .) The parent could spend all that money only to have the kid say, "I'm not into One Direction anymore. Can we go see [insert name of new tween sensation] instead?"
one_short_fuse
Dec. 4th, 2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
they can't POSSIBLY be worth that much, really.... jebus cripes.
puss_nd_boots
Dec. 5th, 2013 05:43 pm (UTC)
They're definitely taking advantage of the tickets going on sale at Christmas, when parents are willing to open their wallets wide for whatever their kids want. And when the kid in question wants 1D tickets . . . yep, this is what happens.
gaussianblur89
Dec. 5th, 2013 09:53 am (UTC)
Well, it's their money and they chose to spend it, so why not? I mean, I'm not a fan of 1D, because honestly can music get any more boring, but this is all about marketing and someone has done something right when people are willing to shed so much $$$$$ and so fast.
Let's just hope the kid thinks it's worth it and has a fun gig despite the seats aren't the best, yay? I mean, I'd be thrilled if someone shelled out the cash for me to go see my fav band. :)
puss_nd_boots
Dec. 5th, 2013 05:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm sure the kid will be thrilled when she gets the tickets - she'll have bragging rights when school resumes (she doesn't have to tell the other kids where the seats are)! And you really do have to hand it to the 1D marketing machine. They're selling not only the band itself at $600 a pop, but also dolls, sheets, party supplies, notebooks, etc. etc. etc. I'm sure we'll be getting 1D breakfast cereal pretty soon. It's a case of striking while the iron is hot (because if 1D holds the same pattern as other boy bands, their members will only be able to get gigs on reality TV ten years down the line).
inuashley813
Dec. 5th, 2013 04:30 pm (UTC)
To be perfectly fair, saizen tickets for indie band lives typically go for $150-$800+, and Rows 1-14 Gazette tickets go for $130-$2,000, so it's not really only the west. Most people don't know how the tickets on auction culture is around here >.
puss_nd_boots
Dec. 5th, 2013 05:54 pm (UTC)
ACK. I didn't realize it was that bad! I had a friend who was living in Japan about four years ago and went to Alice Nine and Kagrra lives, and I think she said her tickets were about $50 each - but she also made a point of going to shows outside the really huge cities, so they might not have been as pricey there.
inuashley813
Jan. 8th, 2014 06:24 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the late reply! LJ sucks at giving me notifications sometimes, haha~

When you buy "general sales" (through eplus, conbinis, etc), the list price, so to speak, is anywhere from $35-50 for indie bands/event lives, and $60-80 for special lives and more major bands. But that all gets thrown out the window with mbok/yahoo auctions because people list the ticket number (order of entry for standing lives) in a range on the listing, and people are paying for the better ticket number that they are otherwise unable to get through general sales (the server crashes and it's almost impossible to get a "good" ticket number yourself. Believe me, I just tried last weekend. xD) Hence the markup~

Buying tickets for lives is such a complicated and sometimes confusing process here, that I almost want to write a guide on it or something from my experience. xD
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