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Online Ticket Scalpers Steal the Show From New Mexicans

Thursday, June 4, 2015   (0 Comments) (NM) (05/12/15) Barker, Larry

Anonymous online firms are profiting enormously by scalping concert and theater tickets, according to a three-month investigation by KRQE News 13, which found 13 firms offering tickets to New Mexico consumers. “I've seen estimates anywhere from $3 billion to $15 billion on the size of the secondary ticket market in the United States,” notes the National Consumers League's John Breyault. In one case in New Mexico, out-of-state ticket brokers scooped up hundreds of seats for the "Book of Mormon" at face value and then sold them on dozens of websites at vastly inflated markups. “They took essentially 600 seats off the market and took them out of reach of New Mexicans and put them out on the marketplace for a much higher price,” says Terry Davis with Albuquerque's Popejoy Hall. In addition, many of the most expensive seats scalpers are offering for the show are scams. Scalpers were able to buy huge blocks of Popejoy's tickets by getting on the group sales lists of local community groups that New Mexico venues commonly sell seats to before offering them to the public. Davis laments scalpers also are deceiving consumers by using Albuquerque graphics to make their websites look legitimate. “It's absolutely deceptive to the public if you are creating a website that looks like the box office or its purporting to be the box office or somehow associated with the box office,” Breyault says.


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