Robert Smith and The Cure vs. the scalpers: A new twist emerges

Earlier this week, the world cheered Robert Smith for standing up to Ticketmaster and usurious service charges on tickets for The Cure’s upcoming North American tour. Fans are getting refunds. Bob remains on top of the situation, too. Check his Twitter account for posts like this:

Meanwhile, scalpers and brokers are looking for a workaround for the entire situation. Vice reports this:

The steps The Cure has taken to prevent ticket scalping to its highly anticipated tour is seemingly inspiring elaborate workarounds for ticket brokers and hackers. “Aged” Ticketmaster accounts, which are accounts that are years old rather than freshly created and which are more likely to win presale codes from Ticketmaster, are being sold on hacking forums. And a popular and secretive paid forum for ticket brokers is requiring brokers to sell entire Ticketmaster accounts (with The Cure tickets in them) to each other to circumvent the band’s ban on reselling tickets above face value.

Bob has already investigated this.

He’s also scolding fans for patronizing brokers. Robert is disappointed you.

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3 thoughts on “Robert Smith and The Cure vs. the scalpers: A new twist emerges

  • The last Tweet isn’t Robert Smith. It’s a fan.

  • Great article about Robert Smith.
    …but why did you use a picture of my Mom as the image?

    • Well, you have to be strong now…


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