Get your tickets at the 'Thrift Shop': Modstock scalping

Dear Student Body of Boston College,

I rarely take the opportunity to express my disappointment in your actions, even when they are truly ridiculous, but I feel as if this is a necessary time to do so.

When I heard Macklemore was coming for Modstock, I honestly didn’t really care. (Feel free to call me out in the Comments section below.) I’m not really the kind of person to seek out an outdoor concert of a band I don’t love while cramped in claustrophobic quarters with a bunch of my intoxicated peers.

gavel4I reluctantly resigned myself to going, however, when everyone else was so excited about it. I figured I could just amble into the Modlot and hear the familiar sound of “Thrift Shop” blaring on top quality speakers for a change.

All of that changed a week ago when BC’s administration changed the rules of the game, restricted the number of attendees and required a ticket and BC ID for attendance. (Don’t get me wrong: I understand the reasoning behind it, but it still doesn’t thrill me.)

Having an exam the next day, I didn’t have time to stand in the ticket line for a concert I only half-heartedly wanted to attend. I figured I would show up before my class and snag a ticket. Wrong. The ticket line closed at noon.

Well, I told myself, there were 6000 tickets being given out; someone will be giving them out on the Facebook groups. Wrong again.

The Facebook group of 2013 started blowing up; it seemed like tons of people in the senior class were suddenly getting rid of their Modstock ticlets. In fact, they weren’t just getting rid of them; they were scalping them, often for ridiculous prices. To date, I haven’t seen a single post saying, “I decided not to go to the Macklemore concert. Free ticket.”

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What does it say about our student body when people who don’t plan on attending the concert stand in line to get a free ticket in an attempt to sell it for an outrageous price? We’re supposed to be “men and women for others.” Except when it comes to being men and women for money? What kind of greed drives us to take advantage of fellow members of community for a small price.

Photo courtesy of Kimberly McDonagh

Photo courtesy of Kimberly McDonagh

What does it say about us as role models when a large group of seniors – who had easier access to tickets – take advantage of freshmen and sophomores who weren’t able to have easy access to the tickets? I can’t imagine what I would think of this as a freshman who really wanted to go to a free concert with the newest item and ended up paying $100 for a ticket.

Finally, what are we supposed to think about the administration for allowing, and I daresay even encouraging, this sort of behavior? How is it fair for them to limit the number of attendees to two-thirds of the student body and allow scalping of tickets for well above a reasonable market value?

It’s one thing to sell your ticket for $5 – I mean you did go through the hassle and as an economics major I understand the principles of supply and demand. Yet to post in the Class of 20## groups and say “selling a Macklemore ticket – message me with your offer” is unacceptable and downright greedy.

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After seeing a number of my friends posting in the group and saying similar things, I can honestly say that I’ve never been more disappointed. If you sold a ticket that you got for free to an unassuming freshman for an over-inflated price, I hope you’re proud of yourself. I, for one, can safely say that I am not impressed.

If I had bothered to stand in line for the ticket, I think I’d give mine away in protest.

Stay Classy BC,

Mason

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