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  1. Ticket Scalping Is Unavoidable

    Mostly fair points, particularly about TM's monopoly practices. That said, for the original on-sale, Ticketmaster doesn't set the prices. Live Nation, as the band's management company does, with the approval of the band - however that approval is called for under their Management Agreement. It's the band that is pricing the tickets at below-market value. I agree with you that the Verified Fan system does nothing beyond creating an additional hurdle for buyers while doing little or nothing to prevent scalping. Harry Potter Play tickets were sold under the VF system and are all over StubHub (as are Springsteen on Broadway tickets). If they were serious about preventing scalping, those tickets would all be cancelled.
  2. U2.com 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    You aren't the only one. No sign of anything and I'm in NYC.
  3. Sadly, no. TM's "Verified Fan" system has been a disaster from the start. I'd have been shocked if the U2 sale had been anything other than a cl*******ck. Wander (if you dare) over to Backstreets - the Springsteen forums - and look through the tirades about the on-sale (and the ticket prices) for Springsteen on Broadway. And it's going to start all over again in two weeks, when tickets for the extension go on sale - just in time for Christmas! I have a 13 year old Potterhead and we don't know anyone who managed to get tickets for the Harry Potter Play in New York - but there are plenty of seats already available on StubHub - and the show doesn't start in previews until March. I can't speak to Hamilton tickets - we were lucky and saw it before the Verified Fan system got started.
  4. I did, for the two tickets I bought in the eXperience pre-sale, but not for the third I picked up in the Citi pre-sale (not that I want/need 3 CDs).
  5. They will not "drop the price" per se, but they will release some of the VIP Party package tickets for regular sale - the $500+ tickets will quietly drop back to being $300 (the lanyards, party passes, drink tickets, etc. will vanish too).
  6. Sit tight. I never got off the Standby list for either Springsteen on Broadway or the Harry Potter Play, but a friend did get off the Standby list for Springsteen and got tickets, so it can happen. Standby simply means that you were cleared as a non-bot/reseller, but there are far more potential buyers than there are tickets available. They want to control the website traffic, so it doesn't crash. If enough people (like me) who were issued codes do not buy (I got what I wanted in the pre-sale), they will release more codes later this morning. With Springsteen, there were people who were issued codes, but not able to find tickets in their price range, so they walked away. There were no cheap seats (under $200) tickets left by the time the second set of codes were released. GOOD LUCK!!!!
  7. Specific Show Code

    I got the texts at 8:18am. They are user specific and show specific. I got what I wanted in the pre-sales, so I'm not using mine. Hopefully, that will open up tickets at Nassau Coliseum for others.
  8. I got one, time stamped 1:15am EST.
  9. I was extremely lucky. I got 2 GAs for Nassau Coliseum in the eXperience pre-sale and picked up a third in the Citi pre-sale. One for my husband, one for my teenager and one for me. I was shut out by VF for both Springsteen on Broadway and for the Harry Potter Play - standby for both events, no codes, no chance at tickets. I was fortunate enough to score lottery tickets for SoB (phenomenal show!). I am hoping that we can get tickets for HPP eventually. I know how badly that system works and was shocked at the ease of getting tickets for U2. That said, only allowing the fan club members to buy 2 tickets and allowing the sponsor's group 4 tickets is disgraceful. Not having GA tickets available for the innocence pre-sale was also a huge mistake. Distributing codes to the fan club members via a lottery was a travesty and needs to be rectified when they add more dates.
  10. U2.com 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    Honestly, I don't miss those days. The lack of other responsibilities that allowed me to get up at 4am (or stay up until 4am) was fun on one level. These days, that is simply impossible, regardless of how much I may want to see a concert - a dog that is looking for a walk at 5:45 every single morning and a teenager who needs to be rousted out of bed at 6:45 for school (or sometimes earlier for hockey games) makes for a different, more complicated life, but one that I wouldn't trade for anything. OK, the work that ties me to a computer 6+ hours a day is something I could do without, but that's what's paying for these tickets.
  11. U2.com 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    I got a single GA for Nassau Coliseum during the Citi presale. I had gotten 2 GAs for that show in the eXperience presale (for hubby & me) and wanted a third so our daughter could come with us. It would have been great if I'd only had to go through the process once, as a Fan Club member. In the end, I got what I wanted, but I know how lucky I was. This was a mess and I know that a lot of people were not as lucky as I was.
  12. U2.com 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    Citibank is one of the largest banks in the US. Citi cards are just the credit cards issued by that bank and you need a US Government issued Social Security Number to get one. Legal resident non-citizens can be issued SSNs, with the right paperwork (people with student visas, work visas, Green Cards). I have a Citicard, so I was able to register for and get a code for the Citi presale. I agree with you though. Fan club subscribers should have been treated far better than they were and much better than the Citicard members.
  13. U2.com 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    You're not the only one. I'm 5'2" and will be dancing on the floor. I can't justify spending $1000 for three tickets. I'm good with spending $300 for a really fun evening out with my husband and daughter.
  14. U2.com 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    9:00am venue time. For me, Nassau Coliseum.
  15. U2.com 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    Change that. I got what I wanted - but on my phone, not my laptop. A single GA for Nassau Coliseum. Whew. I don't need or want anything else. I suspect there was a delay in getting the website updated relative to the app. Good luck to everyone!