A Colorado based band called String Cheese Incident, is one of many musical acts upset by what they call outrageous fees by Ticketmaster when it comes to fans buying concert tickets, so they took matters into their own hands by scalping their tickets.
When tickets became available for their show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles this July for a face value of $49.95 each, String Cheese Incident gave 50 fans and friends $20,000 in cash to buy 8 concert tickets a piece, which the band then offered for sale on their own website less the high Ticketmaster and credit card fees.
The band actually won the right in a 2003 court battle with Ticketmaster to sell 50% of all its concert tickets free of the added on fees from the ticket broker and sell tickets directly to its fans themselves from their website.
Now on top of being able to sell half their tickets themselves free of fees other then shipping, they have figured out another away to save all their fans from the charges by paying for them themselves.
“We’re scalping our own tickets at no service charge,” Mike Luba, one of the group’s managers, told The New York Times. “It’s ridiculous.”
“It costs us money to sell the tickets,” bassist Keith Moseley said. “But we are going to eat that cost this summer in order to make a better deal for our fans and let them know how much we appreciate them.”
Ticketmaster defends it high fees due to the fact they have to cover fees written into contract’s it holds with the concert venues the musicians perform in.
The band that formed in 1993 has had its music described as having elements of bluegrass sounds, as well as rock, electronica, calypso, country, funk, jazz, Latin, reggae, and occasional psychedelia.