"U2 fans are calling it a rip-off. Tickets to the Dallas stop of U2’s Joshua Tree stadium tour sold out in a matter of seconds after they became available at 9 a.m. Jan. 16. The same happened in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and Seattle; tickets for all legs of their stadium tour vanished before fans could click “buy tickets now.”
U2 tickets reappeared a few seconds later on secondary ticket market sites such as StubHub, Bargain Seats Online, Vivid Seats and Seatwave for double, triple and quadruple the original price. For example, Stubhub is offering general admission tickets to the May 26 show at AT&T Stadium in Dallas — with seating on the floor — for more than $200, while suites average between $22,000 and $33,000, and reserved seating runs up to $10,000.
U2 fans took to social media to voice their frustration, asking Ticketmaster how a secondary ticket market site like Seatwave could be offering U2 tickets at much higher prices.
It seems the bots — software that some secondary ticket market sites use to snag and resell thousand of tickets to fans at much higher prices — are hard to beat. The secondary ticket market is an industry worth $8 billion, according to several news reports. "