They’re now trying to secure a refund
There are few people with more of a grip on the world of music at the moment than Harry Styles.
On Thursday morning, presale tickets for his tour went on sale, with hundreds of thousands of fans scrambling to get their hands on them.
But one person has been left fuming despite managing to bag a pair of tickets, after they had to fork out hundreds of pounds.
The fan, who did not want to be identified, logged onto Ticketmaster, ready to purchase two pod standing tickets with their mate which they had both saved up for and had been advertised at £155 each.
But in the frenzy to secure the tickets they rushed through the checkout process in an attempt to beat the inevitable site crash which was on the way.
It was only then that they realised they had actually paid a huge £697.45 for the tickets.
The 25-year-old told the Birmingham Mail that if they had spotted the price hike before checking out they would have definitely thought twice about the purchase.
They said: “I would not have paid that amount willingly as I can’t afford it.
“At this price, I’m now going to struggle with basic things like grocery shopping and covering my rent. The prices are absolutely not fair in the current cost of living crisis.”
They’re now trying to secure a refund from Ticketmaster.
The price rise was caused by the site’s dynamic pricing system which causes ticket prices to change depending on the demand.
Unsurprisingly, the demand was incredibly high for Harry Styles tickets, so the prices ended up being inflated.
Many have reacted angrily to this pricing system, with some saying it should be “illegal.”
can artists/ticketmaster please start clearly advertising ticket prices before they go on sale like why is it a fucking guessing game. waiting to buy harry styles tickets and have no idea what kind of tickets im gonna be able to afford
— aoife ? (@AoifeHogan_) September 1, 2022
it should be illegal for ticketmaster to double ticket prices because of "high demand" how is it fair that some pople paid £160 for pods and others £300 when it's the same space? #HarryStylesLoveOnTour @Ticketmaster sort yourselves out this is ridiculous
— han ? MIDNIGHTS 10/21 (@hannahsfolklore) September 1, 2022
But, just like Uber’s price surge system, it’s a legitimate business model.
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