Last weekend I went to a NHL hockey game and purchased the tickets online from a random ticket site (which I'd love to name but won't) because all the tickets on Ticketmaster were sold out. I didn't think twice about it or question the legitimacy of the alternate ticket site I used. When I received the tickets, I was shocked to learn they were print-out tickets purchased directly from Ticketmaster and they each said $46 dollars on them—I paid a whopping $88 each. Not only did this shady ticket service purchase mass quantities of tickets so others couldn't buy them off Ticketmaster, but they jacked up the price to an exorbitant amount.
Thankfully a judge has granted a request by Ticketmaster to block RMG technologies from buying or facilitating the purchase of tickets from Ticketmaster's website for the purpose of reselling them. RMG Software (their sketchy site says it all) is said to be responsible for helping scalpers get tickets which they later sell for an increased price. "We recognize and respect the necessity and reality of a vibrant resale market, but we will not tolerate those who seek an unfair advantage through the use of automated programs," Ticketmaster Chief Executive Sean Moriarty said in a statement. Hear ye, hear ye!