Taylor Swift performing at Amazon Music’s Prime Day concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom on July 10, 2019, in New York.

Paige, a Swiftie of 15 years, was not enchanted by the way ticket sales went down for the Eras tour.
The 31-year-old eventually snagged tickets on the resale market for $5,500 but now regrets it.
Swifties across the country have been disappointed by high-priced resale tickets and ticket scarcity. 

For hours, Paige sat in front of her computer, dust collecting as she waited in the queue for the most coveted show of the year: Taylor Swift’s Eras tour.

Paige, 31, has been a Swiftie for 15 years. Her last name has been withheld over privacy concerns but is known to Insider.

Paige taught herself guitar by learning songs from Swift’s debut record. She’s never seen Swift in concert and did everything she could to prepare herself for maximum presale luck: She bought merch ahead of the presale registration and streamed music videos to try and land a coveted spot in line.

Paige did receive a presale code, but as Swifties across the country found out, the queue for tickets “was a madhouse.” With 2,000-plus people ahead of her and the line paused, Paige realized she was on her own.

After waiting upward of three hours, she began perusing StubHub for tickets that were already being resold. She saw prices ranging from $5,000 to over $30,000. When she saw two floor seats priced under just $2,000 each, she jumped.

With fees and tax, the total came to just over $5,500 — above her initial budget of $5,000. Her plan was to put the purchase on her credit card and pay it off over time, using it as a way to build credit. At first she was excited, running off adrenaline as she scooped up the coveted seats.

Now, she regrets it.

“I don’t feel good to have tickets anymore,” she said. “It wasn’t something fun, like it was supposed to be. I feel guilty. I feel like I did something impulsive in panic mode, and I am disappointed in Ticketmaster and Live Nation for letting it get to this point of just being a complete frenzy.” 

Paige wasn’t alone in her mad dash to get tickets, as millions of fans tried to pile into an hours-long virtual queue on Ticketmaster. Swift, the prolific singer, songwriter, and director, has dominated the charts with “Midnights,” her latest release. The demand …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

Meet a Taylor Swift fan who regrets paying $5,500 for resale tickets: ‘I’m embarrassed I did it, I regret it, and I kind of just wish I had a nosebleed ticket’

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