Scalpers

By Rachell Carbajal

With concert season finally being back in business, there are thousands of artists releasing tickets for their world tours. Although I’m excited to see some of my favorite artists after waiting for so long, a problem always comes along with the sale of tickets: people who resell, also known as scalpers. Scalpers resell anything that’s hot on the market, for example, the PlayStation five (PS5). This problem has always occurred in the ticket industry, but it has become outrageous because of how extremely high the resell tickets are priced. A couple of months back, The Weeknd announced that he would be having a world tour, this struck the fans in excitement. Though, this excitement soon died down—when the tickets were on sale, many fans were upset that the prices were too expensive, some fans couldn’t even grab a single ticket before the scalpers came and began pricing the tickets at such a high price. Even today as I’m waiting for one of my favorite groups to release the tickets, I could already imagine that the face value of seats will be marked higher than $500 dollars. Not only is the resell of tickets a bummer because people can’t afford tickets, but when it’s the day of the concert, those resale seats will be all empty because of the expensive price. It is ridiculous that fans have to pay an even higher price than what it originally is. Scalping is unfortunately legal in California, I hope California would implement scalping to be illegal. So far, 7 out of 50 states have a law that makes scalping illegal including Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, which all have a law that requires scalpers to have a certain license in order to resell tickets. Meanwhile, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, and Virginia leave it up to the local government to decide. Other hidden problems lying beneath resale are hidden fees when buying tickets, terrible customer service when faced with problems, and overcharging credit cards. California should take this problem into consideration because of how upsetting and unfair it is when you’re unable to get tickets to see your favorite artists, but the ticket prices are too expensive.