Why are concert tickets for teens so high? Parents can't spend hundreds.

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  1. alphagirl profile image69
    alphagirlposted 10 years ago

    Why are concert tickets for teens so high?
    Parents can't spend hundreds.

    My 12 year old wants to see the group,"One direction." The tickets I found were about two hundred dollars. That is not even front row. I can't see going to a conccert if you can't see the performers. The prices of tickets areequal to a weeks groceries. What do you think as a parent of teen daughters? are there tricks to buying concert tickets? I was shocked about the handling fees. They tack on 3.00 per ticket plus fedx you tickets at an additonal charge of $20.00.

  2. FatFreddysCat profile image95
    FatFreddysCatposted 10 years ago

    Since nobody buys CDs anymore, the bands have to make up the lost revenue from album sales by jackin' up the price of concert tickets, t-shirts and other merch.

    I agree with you, it's insane. Earlier this year I looked into ticket prices for the KISS/Motley Crue summer tour since I'm a KISS fanboy and it's been a number of years since I've seen them live. Tickets started at $165 (!) and went up from there. Needless to say, I said "forget it."  In 1996 I paid forty dollars (including service charges!) to see the ORIGINAL four members of KISS on their reunion tour at Madison Square Garden, and at the time I thought THAT was high!

    1. alphagirl profile image69
      alphagirlposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Wow, no wonder. It is sticker shock for a parent of two teen girls. I can't forkover 2 weeks of groceries to allow my girls to a concert.Country music performances in our local area command 65.00 and that is for Chesney. Thanks for answering.

    2. teaches12345 profile image78
      teaches12345posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I have seen the ticket prices climb drastically over the past couple of years. Guess you have to weigh what is most important in attending.

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    mjrichardsonposted 10 years ago

    Your best bet in getting cheaper tickets is to check out the local venues and see what the upcoming events are and get them early. The other trick is to eliminate the shipping by printing them from home. If time is short you can always google tickets to the show you want and see if anyone is selling theirs which can reduce the price a bit.

    1. alphagirl profile image69
      alphagirlposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I was a day late when the concert was announced for tickets to go on sale. My daughter told me her friends parents sat by their computers to log-in to buy. I can't do that at work. Your idea of printing them from home is great.Thanks!!

  4. ackman1465 profile image60
    ackman1465posted 10 years ago

    I'd guess that both you and your 12-year-old are going to get a serious lesson in economics, budgeting and priorities.   IF you can't afford the exobitant price of tickets, then 12-Y.O. doesn't get to see the concert.  There's really no secret to it......

    1. alphagirl profile image69
      alphagirlposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Actually I canafford, but can't justify the cost. At age 12, what will she look forward to at 16. I took the girls to a Katie Perry concert last summer. Her tickets were not so steep. They had a ball. My 12 year old will start baby sitting soon.

  5. nightwork4 profile image60
    nightwork4posted 10 years ago

    because promoters know that kids will spend any amount on tickets if it is a big name band. girls are the worst for this, i know i have 2 daughters. bieber, 1direction, gaga etc, will get huge money out of teen and younger girls.

    1. alphagirl profile image69
      alphagirlposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      it is robbery when they do this to girls and their parents who work so hard. Thanks for telling me...I just started the concert circuit with them and went sticker shock.

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    Larry Wallposted 10 years ago

    It is not just concert tickets for teens. Concerts for older people are high, as are the tickets for professional sporting events. Musicians are losing money because of piracy. Concerts aimed at older audiences are usually in smaller venues, thus the cost per seat is more. Professional sport is expensive because virtually every athlete on the field or floor is making $1 million plus. Someone has to pay that and it is the consumer--along with state subsidies for many pro teams.

    1. alphagirl profile image69
      alphagirlposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Gee, I guess they just pass it on to consumers. But when it gets too expensive, they have less fans who can go. I think they price themselves out. There is joy in the debt of a concert ticket of athlete's game. Thanks.

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      Larry Wallposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Also, I recently learned that large blocks of concert tickets are sold to various groups at a lower price, so they can sell them at the higher price, leaving few available seats for the general public, unless they pledge to Public TV or another cause

  7. aparkhurst7 profile image68
    aparkhurst7posted 9 years ago

    Certain groups are very successful and know that their fans will pay up. Pop is like that. I see a lot of rock concerts and pay usually no more than 50 to be right up against the barricade. Maybe you could encourage them to pay for the ticket? Although by then, it might be too late.

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