Re: ****ing Ticket Brokers
The "event" market is not really a free market as there is not much for competition or product replacement, it is nearly impossible for a new competitor to enter, etc. It is a good supply/demand model though, supply drops, demand increases and price increases. Low demand, low price (like the bars that let you see a band for a 2 drink minimum).
As for the mention of saving tickets for real fans... it is a tough call there. Professional entertainers and prommoters don't care about "real" fans as they only have so much spending potential. The business side loves brokers as they create an artificial demand and drive up prices, which brings out the casual fan. You know the ones, they go to a concert to buy a shirt, a hat for their girlfriend, lots of beer and sing along to the singles. The fan going to a concert for the music is most likely to buy their ticket and little else. If yu want to make money, it is all about the people who are their for the experience. Not to say I wouldn't love being able to buy tickets for some bands at the counter vs paying huge markups online, but I understand that isnt going to happen with big shows and usually stick to smaller concerts because of it.