A consumer advocate group is urging fans and parents to beware—getting a ticket to see Justin Bieber in concert next summer in Detroit may not come easy.
Michigan Citizen Action and the Fan Freedom Project expect Bieber tickets to sell out in seconds.
They call it ticket holdbacks, in which a large number of tickets are set aside for fan club members and VIP’s. They claim not much is left for the public.
“Consumers have a right to know,” said John Potter of Fan Freedom Project. “If only a thousand seats are being put on sale, then consumers should know the arena might hold 20,000, but there’s only a thousand seats being put up for sale.”
The groups say reasons like these will leave many fans singing the blues and paying big to see Bieber perform live.
“Fans have a right to face value tickets at the box office or at least fans have a right to get a fair shot at face value tickets at the box office,” said Potter.
Michigan is one of several states considering legislation to address this issue.
One industry insider says there are ways around inflated ticket prices. For example, they say fans can join a fan club or sign up for credit card pre-sale offers.
Ticket prices range from $45 to a little over $100. Tickets go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. Friday at Joe Louis Arena.