On February 8, 2003 at 10:00am EST, the Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds acoustic tour tickets went on sale. Within the first 15 minutes of sales, ticket outlets vouched that the twelve venues that were hosting the act completely sold out, much to the dismay of die-hard fans who were left with no other option but to turn to Ebay. Many fans were angered to find over seven pages of Dave and Tim ticket listings, ranging in lowest-asking-price (for two tickets) from $450-$1,999. The face-value of the tickets were only $47 each.
Freedom of music and culture is everybody\'s right, and it\'s unfortunate to witness the lifestyle of many, many music fans deminished due to the desire of the few to monopolize on this basic human freedom--a modern-day foundation of American culture. Allowing this abuse to go on is just like admitting that it\'s okay for those who *have the money* to be the only ones that can enjoy the fruits of our society--excluding those with *not as much* (i.e. students, teachers, etc.). We are losing our rights as concert-goers, and giving our freedoms away to monopolizing ebay sellers. Where is this all heading 35%...maybe up to 75% of ticket sales will end up in the hands of such sellers, leaving die-hard, financially struggling fans \"out of the loop\".
What signing this petition will hopefully do is convince the head-honchos of Ebay to consider regulating the highest-asking-price to only 10%-50% above the original face value of all concert tickets. Hopefully once all have signed the petition, Ebay will realize that this is a legitimate issue that requires immediate attention.
Again, I ask that all of you join me in putting a stop to this abuse so that we can regain our rights as concert-goers. Hopefully this will limit ticket sales to only fans and only a small number of ebay sellers, unlike the high percentage of ebay sellers that are now purchasing the tickets. Thank you very much for your cooperation and input. Please forward this petition to your concert-going family and friends as well by clicking on the gray link to the far right or by copying and pasting it onto your favorite message board.
My name is Antoinette, and I\'m a huge fan of concert going. I really would not like to see our rights jeopardized for the benefit of ebay sellers.
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