To: Department of Justice & Federal Trade Commission
Tell the DOJ & the FTC: Break up Ticketmaster!
Ticketmaster is an unchecked monopoly that benefits from being one of the sole places that people can go online and purchase tickets for concerts and shows across the country. We’ve seen the worst from the site in the past few days: excessive wait times and even worse: expensive, unreasonable, and unjustified fees that Ticketmaster would quite frankly never charge if there were other companies to keep them in check.
People have been calling for the breakup of Ticketmaster for years, and we say NOW is the time to do it. The DOJ and the FTC have the power to investigate and break up Ticketmaster.
Why is this important?
In 2010, Ticketmaster and Live Nation merged (which should’ve never been allowed) and now we’re all suffering: from consumer to artists to venue themselves. The only winners here are Ticketmaster and corporate influence. Ever since, tickets have been steadily raising in cost, coupled with exorbitant fees and a flawed user experience that leaves working people less likely to want to partake in the experience again.
We’ve seen this so clearly with Taylor Swift tickets recently, because of the dynamic ticket system Ticketmaster has in place, the more desire there is for tickets the higher the price goes. When Taylor first announced the tour, the prices were to be capped around $499. But after the “troubles” with the queue (that Ticketmaster sent out codes for in ADVANCE), ticket prices were going up and changing as people were checking out.
Third party corporations make an entire industry of scalping these tickets and buying them in waves that forces people to pay thousands of dollars to see their favorite artist.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Whether you’re a swiftie or not, you know this is wrong and disappointing for people everywhere who just want to see their favorite artist.
(Considering we’re also on the premise of a huge Beyoncé tour announcement, the Beyhive will suffer next unless we stop this!)