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Unable to buy 4 U2 tickets at reasonable prices for any of the 4 touring days in Amsterdam


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Presale for Amsterdam started at 10. 

 

The 33 euro tickets weren't stands, but seats in unpopular corners. GA were in the upper 70s (can't remember exactly) and RedZone were multiple times that. So other than the small alotment of 33 euro tickets, and the GAs, there simply weren't any other tickets below 100.

 

For reference, the floor space in Ziggo holds about 6500 people in a regular setting. With the stage set up the way it is, this will be less.

 

So that's maybe a max of 6000 GA tickets per show and a lot of those were already sold in presale. ArenA holds about 15k GA. Just for reference, the 360 shows (2x15k = 30k) sold out within minutes. 

 

It's pretty much just a case of demand outweighing supply. And just because tickets are marketed at 3 times their value on marktplaats doesn't actually mean they sell for these amounts. I can guarantee you you'll be able to pick up tickets for a more reasonable amount closer to the date (pro tip. only do in-person trading when dealing with marktplaats people).

 

I'm sorry you didn't get through. For what it's worth, neither did I, nor did any of my U2-ey friends. That you even managed to get through for 179 tickets is actually a bit of a miracle. 

 

Some more tips for next time: Trying to get 4 tickets is going to decrease your chances of getting tickets at all, because it will try to get 4 seats in a row. If you want to bring your boyfriends/sisters/mothers/daughters/friends, it is probably a good idea to make them sign up too, so they can get a shot at presales too. There was plenty time between the announcement of the first shows and the second shows to do so, which I personally definitely would have done if I already missed out at the first public sales. 

 

Keep an eye on marktplaats, don't buy from people who have only been on there for a very short time. Don't buy from people who refuse to meet in person, or ask for payment up front.

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Presale for Amsterdam started at 10. 

 

The 33 euro tickets weren't stands, but seats in unpopular corners. GA were in the upper 70s (can't remember exactly) and RedZone were multiple times that. So other than the small alotment of 33 euro tickets, and the GAs, there simply weren't any other tickets below 100.

 

For reference, the floor space in Ziggo holds about 6500 people in a regular setting. With the stage set up the way it is, this will be less.

 

So that's maybe a max of 6000 GA tickets per show and a lot of those were already sold in presale. ArenA holds about 15k GA. Just for reference, the 360 shows (2x15k = 30k) sold out within minutes. 

 

It's pretty much just a case of demand outweighing supply. And just because tickets are marketed at 3 times their value on marktplaats doesn't actually mean they sell for these amounts. I can guarantee you you'll be able to pick up tickets for a more reasonable amount closer to the date (pro tip. only do in-person trading when dealing with marktplaats people).

 

I'm sorry you didn't get through. For what it's worth, neither did I, nor did any of my U2-ey friends. That you even managed to get through for 179 tickets is actually a bit of a miracle. 

 

Some more tips for next time: Trying to get 4 tickets is going to decrease your chances of getting tickets at all, because it will try to get 4 seats in a row. If you want to bring your boyfriends/sisters/mothers/daughters/friends, it is probably a good idea to make them sign up too, so they can get a shot at presales too. There was plenty time between the announcement of the first shows and the second shows to do so, which I personally definitely would have done if I already missed out at the first public sales. 

 

Keep an eye on marktplaats, don't buy from people who have only been on there for a very short time. Don't buy from people who refuse to meet in person, or ask for payment up front.

Thank you for your tips! I appreciate it and next time i will do the pre-sale! i did not expect that after the first two concerts were sold-out instantly that for the additional two the same strategy will be applied by re-sellers. On the other hand i should have expected since somehow teh prices should be held up. Given that, from your capacity indication out of 6000 at least 1000 are standing places, I stand by my point of view and i am sure that from the stand places for 70 euro only very limited amount were reached by fans and majority were grabbed by re-sellers. I do not think is a fair business since there is little to no added value in this business! Therefore if anyone who can do something about it will pick this message i will be happy, you will be happy and many other people who need to spend additional unnecessary energy and time trying to get tickets for a fair value. I personally do not afford to pay 180 eur a ticket, i found it to much and now i will need to pay 180 for tickets valuing 70 and 200 or more for tickets valuing 180 ..... just because someone there is not regulating this market! is a fraud if you ask me  :( there is a good in the existence of re-sellers however their profit margin should be regulated! 

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Unfortunately, this is not a problem just in the Netherlands or just with U2. It happens all the time, everywhere. And it's not a secret either ticketmaster and other agencies give a certain amount of tickets directly to resellers. Check out "The Great Ticket Scandale" on YouTube

let's do something about this!! 

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I think the biggest issue is that from an automated system point of view, it's very hard to tell who is a legit buyer and who isn't. 

These days there is just plain luck involved as well. It's why I rarely go to see the "bigger" bands anymore.

 

As for battling it, I just got my tickets for Kraftwerk @ Paradiso. Limited to 2 per transaction, these are all assigned to name (you have to give the names of the people you are going with when buying). They don't get sent out until a week before the concert and are non transferable. On the day itself, you have to show valid ID (no copies) to exchange the ticket for a wristband.

 

So it can be done. But there's a bit of a difference in capacity, and changing ID for a bigger venue like Ziggo may be very difficult. 

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I think the biggest issue is that from an automated system point of view, it's very hard to tell who is a legit buyer and who isn't. 

 

These days there is just plain luck involved as well. It's why I rarely go to see the "bigger" bands anymore.

 

As for battling it, I just got my tickets for Kraftwerk @ Paradiso. Limited to 2 per transaction, these are all assigned to name (you have to give the names of the people you are going with when buying). They don't get sent out until a week before the concert and are non transferable. On the day itself, you have to show valid ID (no copies) to exchange the ticket for a wristband.

 

So it can be done. But there's a bit of a difference in capacity, and changing ID for a bigger venue like Ziggo may be very difficult. 

I would like that to be encouraged! if the tickets are nominal than will be much less chances for profit rounders !! 

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I find it honestly a shame that they use different prices. Almost to every band that I know, I paid the same prices for every seat in the arena. I don't know why it's necessary to demand different prices in an arena. It's only for their profit, I think, U2's or for Ticketmaster.

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