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String Cheese Incident Sticks it to Ticketmaster, Scalps Their Own Tickets

Band to sell tickets to their fans without the service charges

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String Cheese Incident Sticks it to Ticketmaster, Scalps Their Own Tickets
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String Cheese Incident, like most people on the planet, hate Ticketmaster. Sure, one should expect to pay some sort of fee when utilizing a specific service, but many feel that the company takes advantage of bands and their legions of concert-going fans. Such is the case with String Cheese Incident, a jam band out of Colorado that decided to help fans cope with those outrageous fees you’re forced to pay each and every time you purchase a ticket.

In order to strike back against Ticketmaster, the band forwarded a handful of fans $20,000, which allotted to secure a handful of seats for their upcoming performance at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. After 400 tickets were acquired, the fans then sent them back to the band, who, in turn, put them for sale on the website at face value. Minus the service charges, of course. String Cheese Incident devotees obviously get the better end of the deal, though I doubt the band makes enough money to sustain such a practice for very long.

“It costs us money to sell the tickets. But we are going to eat that cost this summer in order to make a better deal for our fans and let them know how much we appreciate them,” explained bassist Keith Moseley.

Of course, it would make more sense for the band to find another location in which to perform. Unfortunately, Ticketmaster has exclusive rights to a lot of the larger venues, which makes acquiring a place big enough to hold their fans almost impossible. To prevent their fans from having to fork over extra cash just to see them perform, String Cheese Incident decided to simply eat the extra cost and save their followers a little scratch for CDs, t-shirts, and whatever else the band might be peddling at their shows.

If you’re unable to attend the Greek Theater performance, fear not — String Cheese Incident intends to do the same thing for every concert scheduled this summer.

string cheese incident is circumventing ticketmaster’s questionable practices by scalping their own tickets at no service charge – love it!!
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That dismaying moment when you realize an article about the String Cheese Incident will have nothing to say about cheese…
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Good work String Cheese Incident. Fight the power. http://t.co/UZVzrlTQ
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String Cheese Incident is the name of a band. Bummer, thought it would be a story about a bizarre, edible scandal at a concert somewhere.
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Lloyalty to fans 101 Band String Cheese incident bought back 400 seats from brokers and resold them on band site w/ no fees to slight TM
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String Cheese Incident Sticks it to Ticketmaster, Scalps Their Own Tickets


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  • http://www.LAokay.com Steve G

    I’m confused here, did the fans purchase the tickets originally without a service fee with the money that was given to them from the band? Because from what it looks like is they were charged a service fee and are simply not passing along that fee when they scalped their own tickets on their own website. I don’t think that’s going to hurt Ticketmaster one bit or send a very clear message that service fees have gotten out of hand.

  • Andrew Leoni

    If they bought the #4oo Tixs from Ticketmaster, they still paid the same service fee an actual customer would pay. How are we figuring they hurt Ticketmaster’s bottom line at all. The only thing that happened here is the Band cost themselves a nice chunk. Who is there agent? A band thatnobody has ever heard off (until now) and plays venues w/ 400 seats is no threat to TM. THX 4 the try…but were all gonna pay those fees, if we wanna see the show, and it is only gonna get worse. Nice try Cheese…I Guarentee people will buy these tixs from the Fan Club Site and Scalp em for more then the srv fee. NO QUESTION !

  • Marshall

    They bought the tickets directly from the venue then sold them on their website fee free.

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