If you sniff around the sites of secondary ticket sellers, you’ll find all manner of tickets (allegedly) available for Pearl Jam’s Gigaton tour. This is most unusual since Pearl Jam and Ticketmaster have gone to great lengths to thwart the flight of tickets to the secondary market by making them non-transferrable.
In short, you could only buy tickets using Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan system, which then inextricably linked those tickets to your personal smartphone. The only way to get rid of them is to use Pearl Jam’s fan exchange system, which transfers tickets from phone to phone. If you sell your tickets, it must be for face value. No markups required.
Yet tickets are all over the secondary seller sites. Pearl Jam and Ticketmaster worked are on a plan that was supposed to close any and all loopholes. So howcum these tickets are being sold by brokers? (I go into the situation here.)
Today (February 5), Ticketmaster issued this statement:
The non-transferability of Gigaton tickets has been extensively communicated to fans from the outset and is prominently featured at every step of the discovery and purchase process. To eliminate confusion among the secondary market and broker communities, we also sent them a notification advising that tickets for this tour are not available for resale. Only SafeTix mobile tickets will be valid for entry, and SafeTix tickets can only be issued directly from Ticketmaster.
In other words, I wouldn’t try buying tickets on the secondary market. You could get badly burned.
A couple of additional points from a source I have. StubHub, one of the big players in the ticket broker space, is only facilitating the resale of tickets to Pearl Jam shows in jurisdictions (that would be Colorado and New York) that enable fans to transfer their ticket purchases.
Those two states may have completely distorted the market, ascribing an artificially high resale value to those tickets. Where did they come from? Guest lists? Corporate boxes/sales? Contests? Burner accounts? No clue.
Brokers using burner phone is possible, but it seems like an awful lot of work. But if demand is high enough, you can see that some brokers will try this route.
Bottom line: Don’t do it. Don’t even think of it.