Randomness: ARMY, Ya’ll Paying Those Ticket Prices?!

This will be my very first BTS concert.  In Chicago.  On October 3rd.  Me and my friend will be in that ARMY Bomb ocean doing the wave as long as God hears me and answers my prayers.  I’m fearful now that my optimism, at the highest it’s EVER been, was shot down in a brawl for tickets.

Lemme say something:  I was christened with the strength of K-Pop determination through the grit of getting tickets for KCon LA 2017 and GOT7 World Tour 2018 in NY.  I was made tough damnit. I knew I’d get tickets for BTS Love Yourself Tour!

My time limit was 10 to 15 minutes to score tickets.  I’d have up to 7 minutes for P1 or P2 tickets if I was lucky. GOT7 tickets completely sold out in 20 minutes, so I knew BTS tickets would sell out quicker including tickets released from check-out carts.  Three devices were at the ready.  My friend had two.  Not an impressive ARMY set-up, but we were doing our best!

So I’m in Safari, Firefox, Microsoft Edge with multiple tabs open, refreshing the pages sequentially.  Meanwhile, I’m checking Twitter and Facebook groups:

“I GOT TICKETS!!!”

“Powerhouse website crashed again!”

“Guys, don’t refresh! That’s how I got my tickets!”

“Tickets JUST went on sale and they’re sold out?! AGHAGJDAALNDAF!”

But I didn’t let that sway me.  I was on a mission.  In fact, I knew the perfect tickets were waiting for me.

I bought the limited edition Billboard BTS package with large posters and special Billboard Magazine covers for each of the boys and the first picture I saw was RM’s beautiful face.  Epiphany! I knew in my spirit I’d see him in person.  That’s how I knew these tickets were mine. ლζ*ε*ζლ 

Anyways, I didn’t get the tickets (LOL!), so I’ve been resale stalking for four desperate and starving months.

Here’s my real issue:  These resale prices are too damn high! Granted, I realized P1 tickets were underpriced.  BTS and BigHit love ARMY enough to give us a discounted price of $250 dollars for P1 and GA tickets.  Once tickets hit resale, I knew it was game on, but ARMY, why are you paying these outrageous resale prices? I’ve seen ARMY repost resale tickets at the same price they bought them, around $750 dollars or more!  I’ve watched LA and Oakland tickets sell from around $600 to over $700 dollars on StubHub and VividSeats.  There are barely any tickets available for Fort Worth, and those started at $900 dollars!

ARMY are panicking everywhere.  They’re asking each other whether to buy tickets at the current resale price and they’re encouraging each other to do so! Don’t do that.  I need everyone to take a deep breath and walk with me some more.

Remember, supply and demand.  As demand increases for limited resources, the prices increase.  We see this with the state of resale ticket prices.  It also doesn’t help that initially, a percentage of tickets were squirreled away by the venue, promoter, entertainment company and possibly the artist.  It’s all contractual, it’s all business.  That’s the way it is across the board, so we didn’t have much to purchase from the git.  Once the smaller amount of tickets hit the resale market, the prices sky-rocketed over time.

And ah-nother thing!  Have you seen ticket prices for Citifield and Hamilton?! They’re practically dirt cheap compared to everywhere else.  People are trying to trade with Citifield and Hamilton tickets.  Dude, I’m sure everyone got their tickets already.  You can’t beat those prices, even with the extra fees. ˃̶̀˂̶́)σ

But listen, in order for resellers to recoup the cost of these tickets, they have to sell them by the concert date.  Truly this is motivation to lower the ticket price.  If ARMY wait to purchase tickets, resellers will be forced to drop prices to recoup costs, especially if they have too many tickets to sell.  Buying tickets at the current rate will increase the prices across the board.  In turn, ARMY will begin to feel obligated to pay these ridiculous prices.

Watch any other resale on StubHub and see that resale prices typically are cheaper closer to the concert date.  In fact, the closer to the hour, the better.  The first LA concert is a perfect example.  A couple of hours before the concert, ticket prices hovered around face value.  This corresponds with what most BTS tour veterans have said about last minute resales.  Then Friday hit, and everything was a bust.  It got to social media that resale tickets are being bought up and all other dates suffered.  People have already bought all of the P1 and P2 tickets in the $500 dollar range for Chicago.  Ugh, stop!

Please be considerate.  If you have extra tickets, release them now.  Increasing the supply will decrease the price, therefore positively affecting ticket sales and last minute mark-downs.

This literally JUST happened with Fort Worth a few hours ago.  Now tickets start at $463, NOT $900.  Progress, yes! (•̀•́)و✧

If you have tickets but are looking for different ones with a closer view, stop.  Be grateful for what you have.  Have you already seen them? Possibly four times? Good, now stop.  Don’t be greedy.  And trading tickets for one location for another isn’t helpful.  Just sell the ticket! Me and my friend have two weeks before the Chicago concert with bus tickets, an AirBnB and absolutely no way into United Center.  Let’s help each other.

From what I’ve learned from my interactions on social media, there are four different ways to score tickets outside of StubHub and other ticket resale companies:

  1. Ticket trade and resale groups. Most I’ve found are on Facebook.  There’s BTSTicketBot on Twitter.  No sales fees! Yaaaay!
  2. Club suites. There are organizers out there purchasing suites and selling the seats for affordable prices.  Plus, food and drinks are included!
  3. Last minute online ticket sales. Without warning, sites like Ticketmaster and AXS will release tickets at face value.  Are tickets ever really sold out?
  4. Last minute sales at the venue. On the day of the concert, people are walking around or posting to social media (Twitter and resale groups) that they have spare tickets.  I read that someone got a free ticket.
  5. Last minute box office sales. This legit happened in Oakland.  The box office opened around 5:30 PM and started selling P1 tickets.  Ain’t that a bbbbbb…

Well, that was five things.  Now, go forth and scour the inters-of-net, set all the notifications and please, stop the madness.

♥ ボーナス! ♥ 

Here’s something underhanded that I think may be happening.  Scalpers can snatch dozens of tickets immediately at the start of ticket sales.  They can manipulate the market by posting only a few tickets to inflate prices.  ARMY will buy the tickets thinking there are no alternatives, and the prices stabilize at or increase to a higher price.  Once prices are higher across the platform, scalpers can introduce more tickets closer to the date at the higher prices and the demand will still be there to purchase them.  This is just my inkling.  I could be totally off base.

But this is true: resale ticket prices are usually reasonable right after a ticket sale.  Even though Citifield still has reasonable ticket prices, I’ve watched GA prices increase to around $600 (although there’s still so many cheaper tickets left, like wut?), so time really is a factor. Save up over the year so you can throw that money down!

The Unboxening: ARMY Bomb Version 3

I love BTS so much that I have two ARMY Bombs, wtf.

That’s right, I scoured the internets last year to find an ARMY Bomb Ver 2 and after a long exhausting search, I found it!

Noooobody had them, except Choice Music.  I cannot believe, one of the most popular, trustworthy KPOP shops that sells out of things in minutes had this damn bomb when it was sold-out EVERYWHERE! I can’t say I’m not lucky.  Or maybe…it’s destiny?  ʚ♡⃛ɞ(ू•ᴗ•❁)

Fast-forward an entire year later, I thought I was cute cause I already had the Ver 2 lightstick when everyone was breaking their necks to buy one, THEN BigHit drops Ver. 3! It’s a racket…but I’m here to review it!

They want our blood, sweat and tears y’all! All of ARMY’s college tuition, overtime and underfunded bank accounts.  Fly away my tiny dollars! Fly! o(╥)o

I have to preface this review by stating that I have two other official lightsticks:  MonstaX and GOT7 Ver. 2.  This ARMY Bomb Ver 3 is THE best!

In terms of material, it’s still made of lightweight plastic, but the quality is in the embellishments.

First off, the damn package came dented and I was afraid the lightstick may have been damaged.  Lucky me (땡!) the product was just fine!

Apart from MonstaX’s lightstick packaging, this design is very nice.  BigHit stuck with the Beyond the Scene logo with their usual minimalist aesthetic.  The box is very sleek and cool.  I almost didn’t want to give it up, but a girl only has so much room.

When I opened the box, the first thing I saw was the top of the ARMY Bomb.

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Not very interesting, but like I said it’s the details that count.  This Bomb came with: an attachable wristlet, cloth bag, user manual, customer rewards card, AND PHOTOCARDS!

I’m skipping to the photocards.  They’re glossy, oversized and are tha shit.  Plus, there’s a card for each member.  No need to trade.  All ARMY can feel complete after one purchase.

My other official lightsticks didn’t come with a bag, but they all have a nice attachable wristlet so the lightstick is easy to carry around.  Ver 3’s is a mammoth.  No dinky, thin strap here!  It’s wider, softer, though a little shorter, and where it only said BTS on one side, it now has ARMY on the other.

They love us! It’s so beautiful we’re being included throughout this release and that they realized ARMY needed a ride or die strap.  Must be all those surveys!

The ARMY Bomb has the same structure as the previous version:  BTS block type font, clear camouflage pattern, rattle pieces (although now more misshaped as opposed to previous ovals and now they easily stick to the interior walls), and ignition wick.  The size is still the same, but can now stand on its own because of the built-in base.  ARMY and BTS return on the base of the hilt, with BTS being replaced by the Beyond the Scene logo and ARMY with our logo *hairflip.*

The feel of the bomb is a little bulkier – think lightsaber – with a new second button to pair to Bluetooth.  The hilt color has also changed.  Ver 2 is silver and black.  Now it’s just all black.  Also, there’s an ugly manufacturer’s sticker on the side that crinkles around the edges.  I’m definitely removing it with Goo Gone so there won’t be leftover adhesive.

What I love most about this version is the inclusion of the BTS logo in the center of the Bomb.  It’s such an attractive feature, and when lit, it’s mesmerizing.

AGAIN! These *clap* embellishments *clap* are giving me heart palpitations.  BigHit and BTS must love ARMY ridiculously.  We’re now visually represented on this ARMY Bomb twice, they want us to stop getting wrist burns AND we can now stand this lightstick up without jimmy-rigging it for our display. (๑˃̵ᴗ˂̵)و

This does require 3 AAA batteries and will last approximately 5 hours according to the user manual.  One thing you may have already noticed, that I do not appreciate with this release is that the opening to the battery container screws onto the hilt, and doesn’t line up with the design.  You have to make sure it does, otherwise, it just looks silly.  This issue isn’t as noticeable with Ver 2, but correcting this would’ve been better.

As I was writing this review, I pulled out the Ver 2 and realized I left the batteries in by accident since the release of Love Yourself: Her and it’s still working! That’s some serious shelf life.  In comparison, I forgot to take the Ver 3 off Bluetooth mode for two weeks and it still worked for my photoshoot! (ू′o‵ ू)*✲゚

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Once you slide the button up for the LED light, there are five settings to switch through by pushing the single button below it:  Keep, Slow, Quick, Flash and Dimming.

And lemme just say, the light on this thing is MUCH clearer and MUCH brighter than the previous one.  It doesn’t vibrate when turned on, which I don’t care about that.

But let’s ask the question, why were ARMY going nuts online about this version vibrating? There’s no vibration in manual mode. At. All.  Besides, Ver 2 vibrated like mad.  It’s not like we didn’t already have it lol.

Here’s a preview of Ver 3 in each mode:

 

Now, you’re probably wondering about how this works with Bluetooth.  I don’t have great news about this.  It’s defective AF.

I’m a part of several BTS concert groups on Facebook and many of the members are posting the same issue.  The damn thing won’t flash blue in the pairing mode.

Downloading the BTS Official Lightstick App allows ARMY to manipulate the colors of the Ver 3 lightstick in Self Mode for late night parties and also place the Bomb in Concert Mode to be controlled by BigHit at the concerts; hence, the spectacular multicolor oceans circulating online.

There’s plenty of ARMY videos that demonstrate Self Mode.  What I’m going to discuss is how I got mine to actually work.

My friend also got a Ver 3 ARMY Bomb which paired with no problem.  Each time she moved the button up, center or down, there was a click.  Mine didn’t do that.  My initial reaction was that the button wasn’t aligning with the Bluetooth symbol like her’s; therefore, no third clicking sound.  So what I did was I pushed the button down into the curve of the track with a little pressure.  BAM! It flashed blue.  I pressed the Self Mode button in the app and the rest was a disco.

I tried demonstrating this in another video (it’s much easier with two hands):

 

Disclaimer:  If your Ver 3 doesn’t work after applying a bit of pressure, not extreme force, not using objects to push down on the button, nothing crazier than I did in the demonstration, just see if you can have the lightstick replaced.

The User Manual does recommend visiting the concert Help Desk for assistance or email btslightstickver3@compactd.com.

I’ve also read in one of the Facebook groups that the Help Desk might replace ARMY Bombs if they’re defective and that 1:1 Inquiry customer service in the BigHit Shop can be notified of the problem and will respond after a day’s time.

Regardless, my opinion is….that this release is AMAZING! Even my iGOT7 friend remarked about the quality.  I stand by my assessment that BigHit listened to ARMY for this release.  We’ve paid so much of our hard earned cash in love for BTS and BigHit clearly reinvested it.  A lot of thought went into this version, including the shipping.  I’ll admit I was disappointed at first that BigHit nullified fan coordinated light oceans, but in hindsight we’re saving money and efforts can be invested in more creative opportunities.  Really, the only downside to Ver 3 is that the Bluetooth function may not work with each product.  Otherwise, I’m in love with this release.  Please BigHit, don’t drop anymore LOL!

If you would like to purchase a Ver 3 ARMY Bomb, visit BigHit ShopVer 2 will not be controlled at the concerts. Packages ship within the US via UPS.  Once I received notification that “Shipping is Complete,” I received a second email entirely in Korean with a tracking number (출고번).  The package got here in a week’s time.

Or, just buy one at the concert.  It’s a separate line.  Swear, they ought to be much shorter.