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2.07.2011

Let Me Provide A Scalping Lesson


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If you ever hear anyone say "Wait until right before the game starts, and ticket prices will plummet", don't listen because he doesn't know a thing about scalping.

If you've ever tried to do it, you'll find out that it's simply not the case -- and this has been going on for years. In the late 1980s, I stood outside Texas Stadium trying to get tickets to a Cowboys Monday night game.  The two or three remaining scalpers had about 20 customers left who wouldn't agree to their excess price. (I think it was a whopping $80 a ticket back then.)  So I watched and waited.  First quarter came and went. The scalper wasn't budging. Then the Second Quarter started. No change.

And as the game got close to halftime, the one scalper I was watching put the tickets in his pocket and walked off into the darkness.  I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it.

8 comments:

Brandon said...

I've heard many scalpers say the exact thing and it makes perfect sense. If they dropped their prices as the game drew nearer, then no one would buy them at the ridiculous prices and everyone would just wait them out. Same as the airlines' policies.

Anonymous said...

I disagree.....I have done this several times....they will come down on prices.......you gotta know how to work them......

Double Fake Curtis Enis

Kirk said...

I wish that more lawyers had as much backbone as those scalpers.

Rich said...

I think the difference is whether the game (scalping tix) is repeated. In a repeated game setting (i.e. professional scalper), they can't let you think the prices will be lower if you wait. They want to be able to charge high prices next game. In a single game outcome (the guy with an extra ticket because his buddy canceled) he doesn't care about the next game.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

Scalping? With Stubhub available?

Anonymous said...

I have been to many UT-OU games by buying at the games. The scalpers went down after the game started. They probably just don't like your looks Barry. :)

Anonymous said...

It's irrational to walk away from a sale with zero (putting the ticekt in his pocket), but that's human behavior.

We are not nearly as rational as we would like to think we are.

Anonymous said...

I did it twice in my life, and paid ten dollars each time to watch the Georgetown/North Carolina BB championship game (Ewing, Jordan, Worthy, Perkins, etc.) in 82 and the Indiana/Syracuse game a couple years later. Cheap seats, but for ten bucks got to see two games that went to the wire and both won by jumpers from the same spot on the superdome floor. Different scalping dynamic though, lots of fans from the teams that lost in the semis were dumping tix, and the seating capacity relative to demand was better. Still, not a bad way to spend ten dollars.