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Episode 468: Kid Rock Vs. The Scalpers

Filed by KOSU News in Business.
June 26, 2013

We live in a society full of people who are obsessed with making sure that prices are right and supply meets demand. And then there’s the live-music business.

Concert tickets are often too cheap, and the supply is too limited. Scalpers are the proof: If tickets were more expensive to begin with, or if venues were bigger, scalpers wouldn’t be able to charge more than face value.

On today’s show, we talk to Kid Rock about how he’s trying to cut scalpers out of the business — and still sell cheap tickets to his shows.

For More: See Adam Davidson’s New York Times Magazine column, How Much Is Michael Bolton Worth to You?

Read Josh Baron and Dean Budnick’s book: Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped and economist Pascal Courty’s many papers on the topic.

Music: Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” and Kid Rock’s “God Save Rock ‘N Roll,” “Prodigal Son,” and “Cowboy.” Find us: Twitter/ Facebook/Spotify/ Tumblr. Download the Planet Money iPhone App.

[Copyright 2013 NPR]

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