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    I'm sorry to see this.

    I'm not a big fan of the parasite scalper businesses, when the Patriots offer a face-value alternative. I applaud their efforts to combat scalping. Scalping takes tickets out of the price range of fans, and results in more attendees showing up late, leaving early, and passively watching the game.

    I wish the Sox were not in bed with Ace, and fans had an equal chance to buy tickets there.

    It sounds like the Patriots will continue to revoke tickets for anyone who sells their tickets on StubHub anyway. StubHub can continue to make money, but the ticket sellers will lose their renewal.

    Since scalping is illegal, not sure why the Pats had to settle, however.
     
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    So if I were to buy a ticket on stub hub and fly to Boston from Denver to watch a game my ticket wouldn't be valid?
     
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    I have to agree with what one poster said underneath that article. If I decide to go into the nearest Wal-Mart and buy up every pair of jeans in the store and resell them at a profit, you could always just drive to another Wal-Mart (or a ton of other stores, for that matter.) But with tickets to a particular event, that's not an option.
     
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    I think you'll be fine to go, but the STH who put it on StubHub will have his right to buy season tickets revoked.
     
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    I believe that the Patriots are in the business of scalping tickets !

    When we moved to the new stadium I got tickets next to a guy and his son
    from my hometown. They had to give up their season tickets after the 2007
    season because his son was going to college.

    The next season a different person was in the seats for the first few games.
    They were all fans from the opponents city. I am not shy and I had no
    problem asking how much they paid for their tickets. They bought them
    from a ticket agency which sold them for between $200 to $325 per ticket
    depending on the opponent. These tickets were $89 before 2008 and they
    are now $117 per ticket.

    I assumed that a ticket agency had a name on the waiting list and they
    scored the season tickets.

    Then the 2008 playoffs rolled around......

    The first playoff game, I asked the guys if they were from Jacksonville.
    They told me that they were from Boston and when I asked them how
    they got the tickets, they told me that they got them for free because
    they were vendors for the Patriots.

    The next week there were two different guys in the seats who were
    also vendors for the Patriots.

    So..... the regular season tickets are scalped to out of town fans and
    the playoff games go to vendors.

    Sounds fishy to me !

    Make me think the Patiots are in the scalping business.
    I don't care what they charge out of town fans, just don't be a
    hypocrite.
     
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    Or perhaps whomever had the new season tickets sold each one of the tickets during the regular season. At that point of one of three things happened: the person neglected to act on the option to buy playoff tickets; he was caught scalping tickets and had his season tickets revoked; or one or more of the people he sold tickets to acted up, resulting in his season tickets being revoked.
     
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    What is your definition of scalping?

    According to your first scenario, the Pats sold the tickets at face value and the buyer sold them at a huge markup. That isn't Pats scalping, it is the buyer.

    Ticket holders can turn tickets in to Pats, who resell them at face value. In your second example, the pats bought back the tickets and then gave them away. How in the world is buying tickets and giving them away scalping? Lots of corporations give tickets away to salesmen, vendors, employees, etc as a reward or some such thing.

    To me, scalping is selling tickets at above face value for a profit. I'd be interested in your definition of scalping that includes buying tickets and then giving them away!

     
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    Why should the Patriots be the only ones allowed to charge ridiculously inflated prices to see a football game? When will we stop allowing the rich to keep making rules that favor them while screwing the free market and hosing the poor?
     
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