The real question
Re: The Detroit News’ Jan. 20 Editorial, “Treat event tickets as private property”: The question that really needs to be asked is not about the ticketholders right to do what they wish with the tickets. The real question is this: If the venues are so opposed to scalping, how do these professional scalpers consistently obtain large blocks of tickets when many events are sold out within hours of going on sale?
You go online or to the box office and you are limited to the number of tickets you can purchase and for popular events you get shut out. Yet the scalpers always have their tickets, some even on the market before public sales begin. How this is allowed to happen is what really needs to be investigated.
Bob Hill, Grosse Ile Twp.
Kid Rock's double-talk
It would be in viewers’ best interest to tell both sides of the story.
As mentioned in a recent article, Kid Rock has spoke out against the pending ticket-scalping legislation and he sure does a fine job in defending low ticket prices in stating “By last summer, I had had enough. For my Best Night Ever Tour, we offered fans $20 tickets in all sections, and then on top of that, we had $4 beers and free parking” and punctuated his remark in saying “I’d rather take a pay cut than have to see my fans pay outrageous amounts just to watch me perform.”
I recall watching a CNN Piers Morgan interview from early last year where this same celebrity talked about going out and buying a thousand of his own $20 tickets for each of his concerts around the country and reselling them on the secondary market for $100 and above, by his own words “whatever the market determines they’re worth.”
Kid Rock’s position on ticket scalping is nothing less than double-dealing and hypocritical and he needs to be called out for selling his widely promoted $20 tickets for much higher prices on the secondary ticket market.
It’s time for Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette to launch an investigation into Kid Rock’s self-admitted concert ticket scalping activities. He’d be doing concert goers and Michigan constituents a real service.
Ken Hreha, Dryden