Too Much 'Just Selling'

RECEIVED Thu., Nov. 18, 2010

Dear Editor,
    It's a shame that when everyone wants something, the price will always be outrageous.
    I'm alluding specifically to the Austin City Limits Music Festival, how profiteers buy blocks of tickets, selling out the event all too quickly. Then where must the public turn to get tickets? To the very same profiteers who buy out the event. This way, people unprepared are coerced into dealing with middlemen, shady vendors who hustle on the pathway to Zilker Park. Nothing ensures these marked-up prices aren't for illegitimate tickets.
    This problem didn't occur at this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest – perhaps this was due to the festival's underground nature. Right in the middle of Downtown, it certainly felt more local than our city's title festival, which now only lingers on billboard advertisements. There were no men clutching signs proclaiming “I need tickets” while hawking wristbands, because all tickets were picked up at the gate. Furthermore, Fun Fun Fun Fest allowed people to simply walk up, pay, and enter. While this caused congested lines near noon, everyone who wanted to got in. So while ACL may be an event for the masses, perhaps they might take note from another festival that's doing music right, as opposed to just selling it.
Peter Esley
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