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The Price You Pay

Getting Springsteen tickets will cost you, one way or another

But in the big picture, who cares? The Boss has made his money, the tickets are gone and two people are getting exactly what they want: The seller is getting paid and the buyer is getting tickets. And is it so bad that city cops aren't wasting their time investigating the comings and goings of a few scalpers? If some nutcase is willing to shell out a few hundred bucks rather than stand in line for a few hours to see his favorite artist, let him. There are more important crimes for the police to investigate, laws that are much easier to enforce.

At last glance, tickets to the Springsteen show at the Kiel were still available, though the show is expected to sell out. Ticket Solutions is offering 19th-row seats for $300 apiece. On eBay, pairs in less desirable spots were available at face value (the bidding was up to $850 for a pair of fourth-row seats for the Dallas show).

Of course, there's some irony in paying $850 for prime seats to hear a songwriter whose lyrics sing the praises of the humble life, who paints portraits of the injustices of the working-class skids, who sings that he'll be there "wherever there's somebody fightin' for a place to stand." Paying that much money, given the context, would take some of the fun out of it. Wouldn't it?

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