Music Monday: Metallica Tickets Legalized Scalping

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The 2018 tour dates

Metallica is coming to Salt Lake City on Nov 30, 2018. I’ve never seen them live, even though they’ve been to Utah a few times over the years. Not sure why I didn’t go before. The show is over 8 months away [from the March 5th date of when this blog post was created] and tickets will sell out unless I can get tickets sooner than the general public sale. I used a pre-sale option I got in an email, which gave me hope that I could find some decent seats for 3 tickets. Buying 2 tickets gives you better odds, and if you are going solo, you have even better odds of getting a closer seat.

Tickets Purchased

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The 3 seats I was able to purchase

So, as it turns out, the pre-sale option I used still didn’t leave me with many available seats in the lower bowl. And none of the 3 seats are together, but they are at least close enough to wave to each other.

And yes, you read that right… $483.25 for three seats. Including the price of the service charge that Ticketmaster charges (which was just under $30 a ticket), that comes to $161 for each ticket. When I was telling a friend how much the tickets were, he asked if bought them from a scalper. Nope. That’s from the official Ticketmaster web site and the face value of each ticket [which was $132 per ticket] was more than I’ve paid for any show in the last 15 years, scalper or legit source.

Pricing By Row

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The only $62.00 seats available are on the last row

Once I secured the tickets in the lower bowl of the Vivint Smart Home Arena [formerly the Delta Center], I decided to see what other tickets options were available in the upper bowl area. As it turns out, the cheapest tickets for this show [before services charges] were $62.00 each. And upon further searching, only the very last row in the upper bowl area was where the $62.00 seats were. And only single tickets remained, so for those that wanted the most reasonable tickets for this show, you had to go solo.

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The second to the last row, tickets are doubled at $132.00

So here is the kicker… just one row closer than the last row where those $62 seats are, the tickets are pretty much doubled at $132, which is what we paid for the lower bowl seats we purchased [not including the service charges].

These ticket prices are essentially legalized scalping. I mean, the service charge alone is the cost of a nice meal or the price for what I pay for a lawn seat at the local amphitheater.

I know Metallica shows are supposed to be really good. Well, based on what I paid for 3 tickets, this concert better be stellar and epic.

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