Ticketmaster can’t do anything without severe (and warranted) criticism.  The latest example is the upcoming tour by The Cure. The band’s first North American trek since 2016.

When tickets went on sale (3/15) people were upset after realizing that Ticketmaster’s fees eclipsed the price of the actual ticket in some markets. 

“We didn’t agree to the dynamic pricing/price surging/platinum ticket thing. It is a greedy scam – and all artists have the choice not to participate … if no artists participated, it would cease to exist,” wrote The Cure’s frontman Robert Smith on social media. 

He got Ticketmaster to agree to issue partial refunds to ticket holders over ‘unduly high’ fees.

Fans also discovered tickets on secondary sales markets. “We had final say in our ticket pricing for this upcoming tour and didn’t want those prices instantly and horribly distorted by resale,” added Smith.

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