Look, I love Taylor as much as any other white girl in the nation, but Jesus Christ, who has a spare $13k for a concert?
Resale tickets for Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour exploded on Thursday after Ticketmaster announced it would be canceling its general sale of the tour.
If you wanted to, say, see her show at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas in late March, you would have to pay out up to $12,287 on StubHub… and then you’d have to include the — hold on, I have to stop laughing — $3,400 processing fee.
Those processing fees, man. I’m dying.
On Thursday, Ticketmaster announced that it would be canceling its general sale of Swift’s tour “due to extraordinarily high demands on ticketing system and insufficient remaining ticket inventory to meet that demand.”
AKA, the whole thing was a shitshow from the start.
The cheapest tickets for Swift’s first tour since 2018 have run $200-$300 on StubHub since the tour ticketing went live.
Ticketmaster may not be the sole ticket broker out there, but it’s pretty much your only choice, especially after the 2010 merger with Live Nation. The fact that it’s the ONLY option has led to calls from lawmakers such as Senator Amy Klobuchar and Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez to investigate the company for setting up a monopoly.
Then there’s this excellent take:
Even President Biden has wagged a finger at the exorbitant “junk fees”.
This seems like an easy bipartisan effort — maybe a mutual hatred of Ticketmaster will be enough to bring the American people back together.
What wishful thinking.
Meanwhile, people are also upset that Taylor herself hasn’t said anything, but as one lawyer on Twitter pointed out: it is very likely that Taylor cannot legally say anything about the debacle.
Given how much and how often Taylor sticks up for her fans, that does seem likely.
Hang in there, Swifties.