A first look at the booming market for scalpers outside the Barclays Center; arena staffer says it's "impossible to regulate" counterfeit tickets (really?)
Thanks to these online ticket vendors, [scalper] Lamar said he has been lucky just to get face value for most tickets, unless it’s a major game against the Miami Heat or New York Knicks. However, Justin Bieber and Jay-Z concert tickets can sell for an additional 10 to 20 percent on top of the original ticket price, he said.
I purchased the [Nets game] ticket on the corner of 5th Ave. and Flatbush from a scalper. The ticket appeared to be a real ticketmaster ticket (and was not one of those PDF computer print-outs). I was aware of the potential of a counterfeit ticket and asked the vendor to assure me it was real and he went into a 5 minute tirade about how he would never sell fake tickets and assured me it was legitimate.It may not be easy to regulate, but it's not "impossible to regulate." I suspect that some undercover buyers would cut down on this.
I went up to the gate and the ticket would not scan. They referred me to the customer service line. After waiting about 5 minutes, I spoke to a rep at the window. He took the ticket and they tried to scan it on one of their scanners and it again failed. The rep showed it to his supervisor who seemed to be able to confirm visually that the ticket was a fake. The supervisor did not come to the window to address me personally. I was told by the rep that they had to confiscate the ticket but they offered to give me a photocopy of the ticket which I declined.
They then offered me an available ticket for that night's game for the price of $80. I declined. I asked them if they were making any effort to curb the practice of counterfeit tickets and the rep said it was "impossible to regulate". I did not follow-up with any police officers and I was unable to locate the guy who sold me the ticket.