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This summer concert season's almost here and members of one bands now say they're fighting to save their fans big money on service charges.
By scalping their own tickets.
It's a jam band called String Cheese Incident.
And it's buying up tickets to show its to its own show's been selling them back to fans without ticketmaster's extra -- Those fees tack on an average of fifteen to 20% of the ticket price.
Ticketmaster reports that money covers things like processing and delivery even if you get your tickets by email.
Last year those fees added up to more than one billion dollars.
So far no comment from Ticketmaster which -- a confidentiality agreement with the group.
Trace Gallagher has been east West Coast views of this afternoon and buying those tickets back must because in this -- it.
It cost -- twice thousand dollars ship just for the one show of the Greek theatre and they're hoping to sell a lot of their tickets at face value threw out their summer tour that is a lot of dates and a whole lot of money.
The deal alleged because Ticketmaster and other ticket agencies have struck deals with the various music venues.
The -- only get about eight per -- of the tickets so 90% of the tickets come with those convenience fees or surcharges.
And the String Cheese Incident says.
It's just not fair to fans -- It's not so much to go orchard -- doors -- it's more like twelve dollars here fifteen dollars there.
We're talking about.
Additional charges to concert tickets that are normally in the range -- -- to fifteen dollars and and that's what we're eliminating.
Ban goes on to say -- not trying to rock the boat or start a trend they're simply doing what they believe.
Is right for their fan -- course ticket companies are in the business of making money off tickets.
And even though Ticketmaster wouldn't comment for on this case -- mean the agencies have said many times that the musicians are demanding a bigger slice of the pie.
And that revenues are smaller now these surcharges they say support the agencies the music venues as well as the concert promoters.
Critics say they understand the companies have to make money but when you have fees that are 20s30.
That's gouging listen.
So it's surprising that more bands don't do what the String Cheese Incident are doing.
Especially since there are -- relatively obscure cult tight end and so why don't the big players do it.
It's either agreed -- that they don't have the stomach for the fight.
Yeah remember the big players did go back in the ninety's Pearl Jam waged a very public battle against Ticketmaster Bruce Springsteen has complained and yet things are very much the same today as they were back then -- Trace Gallagher from Los Angeles -- --
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