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I don't totally blame U2 for charging $300+ for good seats. If they charged less it would only mean more profits for the scalpers, who will find the market price regardless. And I'm sure many a scalper has figured out that they can get a U2.com membership for $40 and then sell the tickets they get for a $400 profit. That's per membership, so I'm sure they get many. I guess U2 is trying to figure out which memberships are scalpers, but they won't be able to catch everyone.

The only way to truly get rid of scalpers would be if everyone refused to buy from them. That's what I do: I never pay more than face value for tickets. Of course if I have extra I never ask for more than face value either, and try to find the legit fans if it's an in-demand show. But so long as some people are willing to pay extra money, there will be a market.

StubHub has really normalized scalping. Where some of us might feel a little sheepish about demanding extra money for a ticket in person, on StubHub it's just what you do. Even the theoretically un-scalpable credit card entry tickets are up there. Heck, even TicketMaster has scalping. We are doomed.

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Guys/Girls, In response to those in the UK (I am in Glasgow). I have just renewed my u2.com subscription. Not for any other reason than I would imagine Europe will be same as last time. If u r a subscriber you will get a presale code. Simples. (The website states that these will be emailed out early January)The European leg won't be announced until early January, but so long as you have  current subscription you should e fine. Hope this helps. 

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7 hours ago, Manohlive said:

In a pinch...they always dump tickets closer to the show for anyone who does not not have to travel and is willing to gamble.  You will get GAs and some of the best seats in the house the day of the show.  In Chicago/Milwaukee, they dump them between 2-6 AM; 9-11 AM; 12-3 PM.  These times are approximate and differ.  I have some health challenges and often do not know if I can go until the day of the show. (I'm fine)  I'm always looking and trying and get amazing seats just about every time.  I've never not seen GAs released the day of a U2 show where I live.  Of course, this will be the one they don't!   j/k   I posted this before but am repeating it.  It's also a great option when one decides another show is needed because the first one was so great.  I'm gonna stop posting on here but it's an option worth considering.  I hope everyone gets their GAs/seats.  Maybe they'll figure this out and have another presale for the shows they are going to add.  I hope so.   Good luck.

 

Manohlive...

I know about the release of the GA's just prior to concert....I used to live in chicago(my favorite place to see U2)....where they have multiple shows....

But, I live in NC now....where that is unfortunately not U2 friendly territory due to the obtuse politics....I saw them in Raleigh, though for the 360 show.....amazing....but, haven't been back.

I have to travel....and plan for these U2 escapades now....since they are not in home state. I have traveled to Chicago. several times...but, I have kids....and the times/date don't often coincide with schedules.....

I wish I could be that flexible...fly by the seat of my pants.....and be  a U2 groupie like I was when young & in college. Responsibility get in the way....

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3 hours ago, TChubb said:

...People in 2nd group have been complaining for years about all good presale tix being gone the first day. Cutting that in half, means twice as many fans get a chance. 

Are you suggesting that the Citi deal is in some way a better manner of making tickets available to U2 fans? Better than an existing paid subscription program?

Citi card holders had the limit of 4 tickets per show. There are people on this thread who got 2 tix on U2.com presale THEN another 4 through Citi. While others in the paid group got 0 tickets.

If U2 inc. were serious about getting tickets into the hands of their die-hard fans then I suggest making a deal with a sponsor (it could  be CostCo - makes no difference) which results in access to tickets which is BETTER than people who have been paying into their fanclub for decades - in some cases - is not the best way to do so.

I don't think I'm following your line of thinking.

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5 hours ago, TChubb said:

Please don’t assume that just because someone is in Innocence group they just signed up right before registration. Of course first dibs should go to people who didn’t have a lapse - but sometimes it happens. My annual renewal is in December so my lapse was only a few days. I’ve accepted the penalty of being in Innocence group for three tours now. In each of these instances, tickets were available on resale sites before Innocence presale even opened. That means there are some people in the first group who are buying and selling. Is it fair that a scalper who doesn’t let his membership lapse can buy tix before a fan in Innocence has the chance to buy? Nope - but how do you stop that? It’s never going to be perfect because there will be true fans caught up in the fray. But I’ll submit that there may be some folks in both groups (who are probably not commenting) that have an idea of why they weren’t sent codes. Important that the holes be fixed that resulted in  true fans not getting codes so this doesn’t happen again. I am curious how so many people get GA tix for many shows in a tour, if they are sold out during presale and the limit is 2 or 4? I’ve accepted that I get one good show and general public choice for the rest - I’m clearly doing something wrong. 

You need to re-read my post more closely and appreciate that it’s directed at the inequity of Innocence members who just signed up getting codes at the expense long timer like me who got no code.  Lapses happen.  

And, fwiw, a lot of long time fans are friends with each other.  They share their tickets with each other.   “I’ll get two for this show and you get two for that show and we’ll trade one-for-one afterwards.”  Otherwise, how would you explain so many of those fans having GAs for shows whose presales started at the same time and day?  

The resale sites are full of speculative ticket listings.  Google it.  Ticketmaster has a page on it as well.  The secondary market listings always grow exponentially after the second group presales occur as well.  

Look, people got screwed and it would have taken little effort to check someone’s renewal history to make sure long timers got codes.  

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4 hours ago, enriquediaz said:

Are you suggesting that the Citi deal is in some way a better manner of making tickets available to U2 fans? Better than an existing paid subscription program?

Citi card holders had the limit of 4 tickets per show. There are people on this thread who got 2 tix on U2.com presale THEN another 4 through Citi. While others in the paid group got 0 tickets.

If U2 inc. were serious about getting tickets into the hands of their die-hard fans then I suggest making a deal with a sponsor (it could  be CostCo - makes no difference) which results in access to tickets which is BETTER than people who have been paying into their fanclub for decades - in some cases - is not the best way to do so.

I don't think I'm following your line of thinking.

I’m not at all suggesting that other presales should be a better route than paid subscribers. I absolutely believe that paid subscribers should get presale advantage and even agree with the rule that puts people in day 2 group if their membership lapses.

But let’s assume for the sake of discussion that there were no glitches and every paid subscriber got their access code. By making the limit 2 tickets, twice as many fans would have had the opportunity to buy during the presale. That was my main point. (And was huge for the fans who were able to get their first choice tix for the first time.)

The problem is that there were glitches and, as you pointed out, means that some people had access to up to 6 tickets while some members had access to none. I hope those who were left out are able to get things resolved for the next presale wave and I’m in favor of giving them a head start of 10 or 15 minutes. But even not, all of us who used our code are no longer going to in the race  

But still assuming that the intention was for all diehard fans to have access  to tickets during day 1 and 2, citi cardholder access was day 3 and 4. After the diehard fans. So I’m not upset that their deal was for ticket card members to have access after fans. It probably would have been more fair to make their limit 2 tix also though. 

My point is simply fans first in line without glitches and then U2 and LiveNation Should make whatever deal necessary that supports the business venture of putting on concerts. 

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I must admit I got totally lost :blink: 

I was thinking to ticket drops  which more than once made me happy... 

Will we have any? Free old fashion sale or verified fan system? 

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20 minutes ago, monica martino said:

 

I was thinking to ticket drops  which more than once made me happy... 

Will we have any? Free old fashion sale or verified fan system? 

To be eligible for the ticket drop you have to walk clockwise around a Joshua tree seven times at midnight under a full moon with a Citibank credit card clenched between your buttocks.

Good luck. ?

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What I would like to have seen is a longer period of U2 Paid Subscribers--say 2 weeks--and then maybe something for Citi/Costco/whatever and then opening it up to the general public. A longer period would give everyone (subscribers, U2.com, TM, etc.) time to resolve any issues that would likely arise. Tickets go on sale six months before the tour, so surely allowing a little more time for the people (i.e. loyal, diehard fans) that paid for the privilege to get first crack at tour tickets the chance to get them, before letting in the masses.

I admit I know nothing about the nuts & bolts of this process, so maybe someone who does might chime in. But it seems to me that time is the most important element here and giving everyone a little more would go a long way in improving a poor system.

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