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May 18, 2012

Barbra Streisand Fans Dejected By Scalpers Reselling ‘Back To Brooklyn’ Tickets For Big Bucks

Seats Being Sold For Jaw-Dropping Amounts, Including A Set Of 4 For $53,000

CBS New York

A concert ticket tug-of-war is pitting die-hard fans of Barbra Streisand against money-hungry scalpers.

The Brooklyn-born superstar’s one-night-only “Back To Brooklyn” concert is sparking a Babs buying frenzy that is already getting ugly, CBS 2′s Dave Carlin reported Thursday.

Pre-sale tickets for the Oct. 11 show at the new Barclays Center sold out in minutes, and now resellers and scalpers want tens of thousands of dollars for them.
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The CEO of the Barclays Center released the following statement: “As much as we’d like to, we can’t control what ticket buyers do with their tickets. Barbra Streisand performing at Barclays Center is a once in a lifetime event and we truly wish we had enough tickets to satisfy this incredible demand.”

Wait, we thought Brett Yormark said "we're going to protect the interests of the consumer... and the public will have access to those tickets for sure."

Marty Markowitz (who'll surely be sitting in the house seats) isn't blaming Yormark, though — he's blaming Washington.

“It limits it to the very, very wealthy only,” Markowitz said. “I’m hoping someday soon Congress will look into how we can limit this phenomena of scalpers and resellers.”

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Posted by eric at May 18, 2012 10:17 AM