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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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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).

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