Ticketmaster is under fire from ARMYs after pre-sales for BTS Suga‘s upcoming tour.
Last month, Suga announced his first solo August D world tour. He will perform 20 concerts in five countries, including the United States, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, and Japan.
ARMYs have been anticipating seeing Suga live since that day. We’ve all been anxious, knowing how stressful buying tickets can be.
SUGA | AGUSTD TOUR
I’M ABOUT TO PASS OUT pic.twitter.com/GriNYw88sL
— 💙 ᴮᴱ Sea⁷ 💐 (SLOW) 💙 (@eternalhyyh) February 14, 2023
SCREAMING CRYING THROWING UP YOONGI TOUR
SUGA TOUR IS COMING
AGUST D TOUR IS COMING https://t.co/JkiVXIadQN
— ⁷ onthestreet³’³ | face🪞³’²⁴ (@bangtancycle) February 14, 2023
Ticketmaster was not reassuring either when, just a couple of days before tickets went on sale, they announced that not even every Verified Fan would be able to secure tickets. They claimed that ARMYs would be selected “lottery-style” due to the high demand.
At the time, ARMYs called out Ticketmaster for attempting to “scam” fans. They especially criticized the Official Platinum Seats, which, according to Ticketmaster, “are premium tickets to concerts and other events made available by artists and Event Organizers through Ticketmaster. They give fans fair and safe access to some of the best seats in the house.”
Just say you want to scam us and move on. Sick of this shit. https://t.co/vNrbCwbne6
— 🐰été JEN⁷ ⟬⟬⁷ 🐻 (@boraHOEjen) February 28, 2023
On March 1, many ARMYs fought for tickets during pre-sales.
Me in the Ticketmaster queue fighting for a ticket like #SUGA_AgustD_TOUR pic.twitter.com/Q5q45WzA2x
— 🔝 (@D1aphanousBTS) March 1, 2023
Instantly, tickets sold out…
min yoongi alone sold out 3 concerts in 15 minutes. this is so hot
— tani⁷ (@stopbeingdelulu) March 1, 2023
SOLD OUT 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/EgXAKsJqvh
— hope⁷ (@winnttaebear) March 2, 2023
Or did they?
ticketmaster has got to be the WORST site to ever exist… the way they still have tickets held.. yet say oh all the tickets sold out.. NO U STILL GOT TICKETS LEFT UR JUST OVERPRICING THE FUCK OUTTA THEM
— sam⁷₁₃ is seeing yoongi | FACE🪞| ON THE STREET (@ultjmz) March 2, 2023
Ticketmaster announced that there would be neither a General Verified Fan Presale nor General Onsale for Suga/Agust D tour due to “high demand” during the ARMY MEMBER Presale.
UPDATE for SUGA | Agust D TOUR IN U.S. — Due to extremely high demand during today’s ARMY MEMBER Presale, there will not be a General Verified Fan Presale or General Onsale.
— Ticketmaster (@Ticketmaster) March 2, 2023
The comment section was not happy in the least bit. Netizens called them out, especially concerning pricing, and some even went so far as to say that scalpers might be cheaper.
Some ARMYs pointed out that some sections weren’t appeared listed. Not only that, but prices were being jacked up immediately, although we were still in pre-sales.
Beyond worst…had to rant because someone needs to regulate #ticketmaster #theworst #drama #augustd #bts #augustconcert #btstickets #suga #yoongi
ticketmaster is holding onto good seats and releasing them as PLATINUM after arenas look look sold out to scam fans and break our banks this is so fucked pic.twitter.com/jmdCdGfg3H
— g!!🃏 (@jiminugh) March 1, 2023
It appears that Ticketmaster lied and made some sections unavailable, although all tickets were supposed to be made available, just so that the company could overcharge later.
so it’s not the fact that they didn’t send out codes. It’s the fact that they had a certain amount of seats taken and set aside already for platinum seating and whatever was left was for the presale.
Aka why so few codes were sent out
— DAMN IT LAUREN! ⁷ (@Starlit_Lauren) March 1, 2023
so these platinum seats were the REAL reason why many of us were waitlisted. and tm said 100% of tickets were supposed to be available for the fans, right?! tm held those seats so they could make profits off of the high price tags. that’s total BS and they know it. 😤😤
— karen⁷ᴾʳᵒᵒᶠ (@jeonafide) March 1, 2023
Look at this shit it literally keeps adding and taking off seats. New York shows are still available but these damn ticket prices for official platinum is just ridiculous. FIX IT @Ticketmaster pic.twitter.com/Y1C7k5fZ3K
— Yeon Kimin (@fadingyoonmin) March 2, 2023
Some even reported that, as a result, their tickets were being converted to the Platinum pricing in real-time, so by the time they got to the checkout, it had switched over to the higher prices.
ticketmaster is playing dirty i had opted out of platinum before entering the room and got my tickets (sec 111 first row) and when i went to check out they made the price platinum
— karla⁷ (@escapismjjk) March 1, 2023
I heard that TM was converting seats to platinum at checkout. My moot got 2 tx for $300 each at checkout it was over $1,300 and marked platinum. If you experience this I hope you took a sc and saved it. We can send it to the Senator investigating TM.
— 🍊OT7 ARMY 🍊Madre#1⁷ “Only God Can Judge Me” (@Ompeng) March 2, 2023
So, ARMYs are calling out Ticketmaster for lying, scamming, and price gouging.
“100% of tickets will be available for ARMY presale”
what happened to that, @Ticketmaster? first you hardly gave any armys presale codes. then you withheld A LOT of the tickets, just to drop them as “platinum priced tickets” aka price gouging. please do explain.
— trinh ⁷ ⟭⟬ (@trinhers) March 1, 2023
TICKETMASTER YOU LITTLE B1TCH ARMY MEMBERSHIP PRESALE WAS FOR ARMYS WHO WANT TO SEE YOONGI FOR FAIR PRICES SINCE WHEN DO YOU HAVE PLATINUM PRICES FOR PRESALES ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR GODDAMN MIND WHAT MAKES YOU THINK WE HAVE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS LAYING AROUND DURING INFLATION
— suk ✘⁷ 🌱 (@namverse) March 1, 2023
ARMYs believe that Ticketmaster could ultimately face serious legal issues as a result. The company is actually still currently under investigation.
Anticipating the amount of lawsuits @Ticketmaster is about to get for adding in “ARMY MEMBER PLATINUM PRESALE” and robbing people charging thousands for seats that are regularly $200
— kara⁷ (@jhopesattorney) March 1, 2023
Please please please make your voices heard. Last time we sent hundreds of emails for PTD LA and Vegas ticketing actually saw some changes because we emailed BH, Live Nation, TM ceo and other teams in addition to congress. Ultimately unless they’re regulated they will continue to… https://t.co/hqyZZ1gKvB
— Jackie 🐋⁷ (@__1365244__) March 2, 2023
Not to be Gen X about this, but back in my day, we could afford to go to concerts. Ticketing companies didn’t act like this. I went to loads of shows in college, and I didn’t have money. But it wasn’t expensive! Also artists made $ on their shows. TM has destroyed live music.+
— Neighbor ARMY (@NeighborARMY_) March 2, 2023
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