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Published on July 4th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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What’s the most you’ve ever paid for a concert ticket on the secondary market?

While Ontario’s new laws surrounding the sales of tickets on the secondary market went into effect July 1, the one thing missing was a hard date for enacting the much-maligned (and deservedly so) plan for imposing a 50%-above-face-value price cap on tickets. We’ll see if that part of the law ever goes into effect. (It shouldn’t because it’s bad law for so many reasons.)

But let’s move on slightly. A CBC/Toronto Star story on the subject produced this infographic. Keep in mind that no one is being forced to buy any of these tickets at these prices. This is discretionary spending of disposable income.

Here’s my question: What’s the most you’ve ever spent on a concert ticket on the secondary market?




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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4 Responses to What’s the most you’ve ever paid for a concert ticket on the secondary market?

  1. Eric W says:

    $0.00

  2. fred says:

    $300 US although I dropped a lot more to see Hamilton in NYC

  3. Wes Tanney says:

    I have never purchased from the secondary market and have no intention of ever doing so. From friends or people I know with and extra ticket yes, but from a for-profit scam, not a chance!

  4. Michael says:

    When the Smashing Pumpkins originally broke up on Dec 2nd 2000 I was able to get a single ticket for $1,300 Canadian. My ticket was actually the cheapest out of all the people I talked to at the show that night.

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