Led Zeppelin promoter wishes eBay would 'drop dead and die'

Harvey Goldstein vows to ruin online auctioneers' lives for allowing touting of reunion tickets. And he has little sympathy for genuine fans caught in the crossfire

Promoter Harvey Goldsmith has branded eBay the "biggest rip-off merchants in the world" after tickets to the forthcoming Led Zeppelin gig appeared for sale on the online auction website. Goldsmith, who helped convince the band to reunite for a one-off show this November, told Kerrang! Radio yesterday: "I wish eBay would drop dead and die... I have begged them to take [the tickets] off and they have basically told us to **** off. So I will do everything I possibly can to ruin their lives."

The promoter's harsh words follow the news that fans who purchased tickets to the gig, taking place November 26 at London's 02 Arena, on someone else's credit card may be refused entry. Those fans who won the right to buy tickets were issued with a password to validate their purchase, but it was announced at the weekend that they may be cancelled if the password holder's name did not match the credit card holder's name.

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I'm glad someone is finally taking a stand against reselling abuse because eBay seems to enjoy sitting on the fence and profiting off of it. The promoters can say or do whatever they want, as it is their product and not eBay users with questionable morals.

I can't believe some of you actually justify this. Maybe you do it as well :P

The Led Zeppelin reunion tour. With special guest star Harvey Goldsmith and his magical Cowbell. Featuring a one-time only performance of the rare unreleased Led Zeppelin masterpiece Drop Dead and Die.

toadeater said,
The Led Zeppelin reunion tour. With special guest star Harvey Goldsmith and his magical Cowbell. Featuring a one-time only performance of the rare unreleased Led Zeppelin masterpiece Drop Dead and Die.

10/10


I bet those tickets are going for 10 grand or more.

boy...
why kill a whole awesome site just for something like that... i call that bullcrap...
dont buy there if you don't know the prices, otherwise, bad luck on your own, get information and dont blame others... heck
if you order early enough you get what you want, if not, you gotta fork out more, easy as that, not an invented by eBayers... holy freak

Glassed Silver:mac

As the promoters, if they wanted to sell their tickets to certain market segments, and some of those segments sell the tickets again, I'd think the promoter has every right to be ****ed.

At least its Zeppelin making a hard stance on ticket whores and not Hanna Montana.

_dandy_ said,
Misdirected.

eBay provides the infrastructure and nothing else. It's the sellers they should be going after.

Agreed, why should eBay have to remove listings, it's not their problem.

Nearly all the concerts I've been to recently have been with tickets bought on eBay.
I mean, I don't have the time or patience stay on a phone line for 12 hours, stand in a queue for days on end, or redial a number every 1 nano-second to get some limited edition tickets. I'd rather someone else did that and I'm happy to pay a little more for it. Good luck to those that make money - the price is only driven up by demand, and that demand is easily solved in most cases.

Exosphere said,

Agreed, why should eBay have to remove listings, it's not their problem.

Nearly all the concerts I've been to recently have been with tickets bought on eBay.
I mean, I don't have the time or patience stay on a phone line for 12 hours, stand in a queue for days on end, or redial a number every 1 nano-second to get some limited edition tickets. I'd rather someone else did that and I'm happy to pay a little more for it. Good luck to those that make money - the price is only driven up by demand, and that demand is easily solved in most cases.

Ebay's always taking things down at the request of the maker (microsoft, autodesk, who knows who else). Its how they claim to be the premier auction site.

i hope everyone demands there money back and no-one turns up so it flops and then somehow using a loophole in a law everyone sues them so that two good things happen: we lose a certain ******* and we also lose the biggest bloated crap mobile phone network which is only 2nd to vodalame

I have only sympathy for the innocent buyers of those tickets that have been so deviously mis-...
Led, Zepplin - they're not too happy about their tickets being sold online. What a...
rip off the packaging and unwrap your gig ticket. It only cost £500 on...
eBay, your one stop shop for dodgy overpriced tickets.

If these "promoters" had their way the artists wouldn't get paid either..... He wants the title to being the "biggest rip-off merchants in the world".

cork1958 said,
They (promoters) must work for the RIAA, huh?

Dang con artists!!

Of course not, but like does attract like. Maybe that is why you support them?

because they want people to pay the proper price for tickets and not have people making money on the tickets when they have no intention of going?

16535 said,
because they want people to pay the proper price for tickets and not have people making money on the tickets when they have no intention of going?

Boohoo...supply and demand....capitalism...whiny millionaires.


BTW: Is it Goldstein or Goldsmith ?

16535 said,
because they want people to pay the proper price for tickets and not have people making money on the tickets when they have no intention of going?

as long as the promoter sells them though, who cares. he/she's done their job, or are they ****ed that THEY aren't making more profit?

and ruining eBay over this, yeah whatever, this screams more of "i want some attention" than anything else.

hardgiant said,
Boohoo...supply and demand....capitalism...whiny millionaires.

No it isn't. What the promoter is doing is what modern capitalism has become. Destroy any and all competition...

Foub said,

No it isn't. What the promoter is doing is what modern capitalism has become. Destroy any and all competition...

oviusly there's a basic and general problem with understanding both capitalism, competition and providing a proper service to the fans in here.


for anyone who says they ant to kill competition and want all the money for themselves. I must ask, you do realise the tickets was allready bought from these peole. they can't make any more money even if tickets sharks didn't exist to resell the tickets.

They do hpowever want to prevent peopel from getting ripped off by paying many times the real price to peopel who buy stacks o tickets, and have "friends" who help them buy tickets. then resell these tickets at sometimes more than 10 times the price.

Now seeing as these people buy so many tickets in bulk though varius methods, this means there's insufficient direct tickets availabel to the fans who just want to buy tickets. Forcing these people to have to sell and arm and a leg to buy ticketsof the sharks.

This isn't about capitalism or competition, it's about peventing peopl from reselli$gn tickets illegally.

Foub said,

No it isn't. What the promoter is doing is what modern capitalism has become. Destroy any and all competition...


uhm yeaaaa...
anyways... our economical system IS supply and demand, dude... yes it does go far at things like that... guess why...
so you got this ticket you dont need but thousands want it... they are READY AND SET to pay you a good price...
now why do THEY lose if its OBVIOUSLY worth it to them... if its not worth it to them but they get it anyways, then they need to go to the shrink and move to a communist country haha... no seriously, i mean it

Glassed Silver:mac

It's the promoters fault IMHO for not either limiting the number of tickets sold to a person or not making verification a condition on purchase. You can't deny entry now surely since they have already been sold...what about people that bought them as presents with the intention of giving them away rather than selling them?

"I wish eBay would drop dead and die... I have begged them to take [the tickets] off and they have basically told us to **** off. So I will do everything I possibly can to ruin their lives."

lol @ their customer service.

I think I would go if I could be assured that Robert Plant will remember the words to Stairway to Heaven THIS time...ahem. Anyone else remember THAT fiasco?