Big Day Out 2008 ticket chaos

It seems that every year it gets worse for music lovers who just want to catch a glimpse of their favourite artists. This morning the Big Day Out tickets for Sydney went on sale online from the Ticketmaster website.

It seems that every year it gets worse for music lovers who just want to catch a glimpse of their favourite artists. This morning the Big Day Out tickets for Sydney went on sale online from the Ticketmaster website.

With the recent controversy surrounding the sale of Rage Against the Machine tickets it seems like this morning was only a repeat of that situation. I jumped online at 9:01am, not bad considering it opened at 9:00am. I went through all the tedious online security measures: I signed up, I typed in a strange word like “woolsh” that I could barely read, I then waited in a 15 minute online queue which was the longest 15 minutes of my life, and it was actually 30 minutes Ticketmaster.

So how does this all relate to technology?

Well as write this article there’s a ticket for sale on eBay for $100,000. I think it’s safe to say nobody is actually going to buy that ticket. In the end we live in an age of technology and obviously ticketing companies haven’t quite worked out a way to stop scalpers. It’s easy to stop them, just put a name on the ticket. Now just before I go the auction is now up to $150,000 and going strong. Just search up “Big Day Out Sydney” if you have time.

As a music lover without a ticket to the concert I attend every year it wouldn’t be a surprise if they announce more places later. They do it all the time; they love to mess us around early in the morning just so we can spend too much money at an overcrowded venue with bad nachos.



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