Phish Reunites, Gets Tough On Scalpers

Oct 1st, 2008 // 8 Comments

Jam giants Phish will play three shows in Hampton, Va., next March, the group’s first concerts in four and a half years. The shows take place March 6, 7, and 8; tickets are only $49.50 and available for pre-order now (one wonders how long it’ll take before this pre-order results in all three shows selling out, as the venue holding the show has a capacity of 13,800, although it would seem that more shows are on the way as well). Take note, burgeoning capitalists: if you think you’re going to pay the relatively cheap face value and pick up a few tickets, then flip them to your local university’s Ultimate Frisbee team for a profit, you’d be mistaken!

Phish Tickets has a zero tolerance for scalping and insists that all patrons of our service abide by our policy stated herein. Tickets made available through this site are intended only for fans who are actually planning on attending the shows requested. It is strictly prohibited to resell any tickets obtained through Phish Tickets for more than the purchase price. If you are found to be reselling, trading or brokering tickets that you purchased through our site for profit, Phish Tickets may at its discretion cancel your ticket order and all other pending orders in your name. This cancellation will result in a refund of the total price for the tickets minus a $7.00 per ticket processing fee and any shipping fees that have been incurred with respect to the order. We reserve the right to investigate all orders suspected to be in violation of this policy.

We urge you not to purchase tickets through brokers or “scalpers.” These tickets may be counterfeit in which case you will not only be overcharged but will also likely be denied entry into the show.

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  1. NeverEnough

    Sometimes I hate living in Virginia more than words can possibly express.

  2. Audif Jackson Winters III

    How are they going to enforce this?

  3. bnb614

    I have always seen ticket companies threaten to cancel scalper orders. If they did so, and the scalper sued in court, would they have a legal leg to stand on?

    If you buy a ticket from them and they take your money, don’t you own the merchandise at that point and you can do with it as you please, subject to laws of the state? Even then if you break the laws of the state, that isn’t their judgment call, is it?

    I applaud the desire to get tickets in the hands of fans, I just wonder the legality of it.

  4. Anonymous

    Haha! See you in March, NeverEnough!

  5. BawstonSean

    What they don’t mention is that it’s totally okay to trade you ticket for a veggie burrito and a nug of kush…

  6. NeverEnough

    @UpshawWildfowl: I’ll be the one furiously spraying Febreeze everywhere to rid us of the hippie smell.

    ;)

  7. DocStrange

    I like Phish (No, I do. Really), but there’s no way in hell i’m going to Virginia for a show. Rhode Islanders usually don’t stray any more than 10 miles from home unless it’s necessary (for concerts however, Providence and Boston are acceptable).

  8. D.R. Mosby

    @bnb614: If you buy a ticket from them and they take your money, don’t you own the merchandise at that point and you can do with it as you please, subject to laws of the state? Even then if you break the laws of the state, that isn’t their judgment call, is it?

    You would think that would be true, but Phish is apparently operating under the delusion that, even after you buy a ticket, the band retains ownership of it and what they are really selling you is one untransferable license to attend the concert. I don’t know if there is any legal precedent for this idea (not being a lawyer myself), but I would doubt that they have any right to enforce such restrictions.

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