Thoughts: Paperless Ticketing

Paperless ticketing is something that has started becoming more popular lately in the world of concerts.  In theory, you can’t scalp the tickets because the person who purchased the tickets must be present with credit card and ID to pick them up at the door to the venue.  However, this article at TicketNews says that you can give them to friends or sell them in the event that you can not make it to the show.

So really, if that is possible, how can this combat against scalpers?  If the tickets are transferable – what is the point?  I also don’t like the idea of tickets NOT being transferable.  Things happen and sometimes by the time a show rolls around that you got tickets to well in advance, something comes up.  Unless the outlet you bought the tickets from has a return policy (and as of right now the only return policy I know of is Live Nation’s and it is for select venues and returns must be made within 3 days of purchasing the tickets) you would be stuck with these tickets.  If you had e-tickets or physical paper tickets you could stick them on stub hub or craigslist or hand them over to a friend.

Apparently this works out fine in the sports world – but I just don’t like the idea for concerts.  And as a scrapbooker, I also am not a huge fan of e-tickets.  (The paper tickets printed by ticketmaster/livenation just look so much better on a layout! And they cost you less to have them mailed than it does to print them yourself with your own paper and ink!)

I have yet to go to a show that has used paperless ticketing.  John Mayer’s show was going to a couple years back but then I got mailed the actual tickets instead.  So somewhere along the line someone in Mayer’s camp decided it was pointless to use paperless tickets as well.

Has anyone gone to a show with paperless tickets? How did it work out for you?

Platinum Hit – Episode 9

Our final 4 compete in this episode! Sonyae, Scotty, Nick and Jes all must write the hook for a POP song. This weeks guest judge is Perez Hilton. I am not a fan of his – but apparently he launched Lady Gaga and Katy Perry? really?

And then Perez Hilton had to say that he could hear Hanson singing Nick’s hook. Seriously? No. Get out of here, Perez. Nick’s song came in 4th because his lyrics failed to relay a complete thought. 3rd place went to Jes because her hook was not memorable enough for a pop song. Sonyae came in second and my boy Scotty came in first!

The songs were recorded and will be performed for high schoolers. Nick’s song went up first. I was not a fan of it. Jes’ song was up next. I think it made a lot of progress from the hook and the kids seemed more into it than Nick’s. Sonyae’s song Exit seemed to get a good response as well.  Scotty’s song was pretty good too… I thought it will be between him and Sonyae’s as the winner.

The teenagers and judges agreed – Sonyae’s song won and she has secured herself a spot in the finale!

Then it was time for 2 more to go through to the finale.  The second one going to the finale is Scotty!   The final decision came down to Nick vs Jes.

Jes makes it through! FINALLY… Nick’s ass is going home!!!!!!! yahoooooo.

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