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!