A year ago I paid a ticket agency $20 toward two tickets to the recent Bruce Springsteen shows. I didn't take advantage of their services--a forfeit of $20.
When tickets went on sale I had been playing the radio all day due to a tip-off from Backstreets, a Springsteen fan magazine. My bracelet turned out to be the 249th out of 250. I was heartsick. With a friend we bought eight tickets to four shows: $204.
A friend with entertainment-industry connections took me to the show that I didn't have tickets for.
Of my eight tickets (all of which were bad), I sold four of them at cost, and a friend gave me two tickets for Thursday for one ticket on Saturday.
On Friday, Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday I stood in line at the Sports Arena ticket office and on three of those evenings I got better seats than I had: on Friday (a 20-minute wait) I sold my original tickets for $35 (a $9.50 mark-up) to a scalper; on Saturday (a five-hour wait) I sold my original tickets for cost to a disconsolate couple; and on Wednesday (a four-hour wait), when they were escorting people into the arena as soon as they bought their tickets, I just gave my original two away, telling the guy behind me that if he got tickets to give those two to someone behind him. On Thursday (an eight-hour wait) I didn't get better seats and used the ones I had.