Buying concert tickets wasn’t always so tricky. In 1964, the Beatles were the biggest band in the world. Screaming fans followed them everywhere they went. Tickets to their shows usually cost no more than $6—about $58 in today’s money.
To get tickets, you lined up at the ticket office. Sometimes people camped out overnight to get a good spot. Waiting with other fans was part of the fun.
Today the way we buy concert tickets is very different. Most tickets are sold online by a company called Ticketmaster, which is the country’s biggest ticket seller.
Many events have exclusive presales, or early sales—but to get into a presale, you sometimes need to use a certain credit card. Other times you might have to buy the musician’s latest album first.
Getting into a presale doesn’t guarantee a seat either. When demand gets high, websites might crash.
In addition, many tickets are bought by ticket resellers, who use bots—computer programs that can buy hundreds of tickets in seconds. The resellers then sell the tickets again—often at exorbitant prices.