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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tom Petty ticket prices

Posted on Tue, Jan 3, 2012 at 1:04 PM

The Tom Petty ticket prices for Halifax and St John's are excessive and reek of greed. I base this on the following facts:

- Prices for all other Tom Petty concerts in the past 24 months, and coming 12 months range between $40 and $140 CAD, regardless of venue size or geographic location. These prices include local taxes and fees.
- Tom Petty has publicly crusaded for more than a decade and taken on Ticketmaster in order to ensure reasonable concert and album prices for his fans.
- All other artists currently booked in Halifax charge roughly the same amount for all shows within the same tour regardless of venue size or geographic location.

Some take the view that "the show sold out, so it's ok". The fact that many people absorbed the ticket price in order to see Tom Petty does not make the pricing right or ethical.

I believe a Tom Petty concert has an established fair market value, and local concert goers deserve to know they are paying well above it. —SB

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