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Thanks for clearing that up, Justin. I guess I'm a little on the defensive because I see so many people and bands, now more than ever, have a "holier than thou" attitude when it comes to preselling tickets. I too have been in bands and definitely know what it is like to feel used and under-appreciated, but I also know what it's like to feel a great sense of accomplishment after playing a kick ass show that had a lot of hard work behind it. Regardless, we do this because it's in our blood and we have a passion for it. Let's all work together to put these money-grubbing abusers of the system out of business.
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Micheal nailed it with his comment "the problem is not with pre-selling, but rather with bad deals". I too have worked for a few promoters and also promoted my own events. The thing is, there are promoters and there are "event organizers". You need to determine if the promoter you're dealing with actually engages in efforts to actually promote the event. Also, in many cases the venue keeps any profits from food and drinks and the promoter keeps the door/ticket money. To assume that the venue and promoter are always one in the same is a bit naive. Another thing to consider is that there are costs involved with hosting the show to begin with that the artists are not really accountable for. If an artist brings 5 people, plays four hours, and there is rent of $500; the artist doesn't owe the venue or promoter anything unless there is some form of "safeguard" in place. In my opinion, this is one of the main reasons for ticket presale - to ensure that overhead costs are met. Even if a band rents a hall, they will most likely use whatever money is generated to cover the costs of renting the place and paying for staff before anyone makes any it's really not all that different. However, if the promoter is trying to make more money than the artist then that is definitely questionable. Real promoters take care of the bands they work with and will always try and give the fairest deal possible. People who just make artists pre-sell tickets and let them do all the work, then just show up to collect cash are not promoters but simply event organizers. It's better to attack shady business practices, rather than attack an entire concept.
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