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Thu Aug 31, 2017, 11:45 AM Aug 2017

Taylor Swift's Verified Fan Program - Good Idea Or Bad Idea? [View all]

If you want to buy tickets to Taylor Swift's upcoming "Reputation" tour, you'll need to play a game first.

While isn't yet clear when fans will be able to buy tickets to a Swift show — or even how much tickets will cost — fans can participate in Ticketmaster's "Taylor Swift Tix" program to improve their odds of getting the opportunity to buy a ticket when they become available. The more points you get, according to the terms of the program, the higher your chance of getting a ticket.

The ways you can get points, however, are infuriating Swift fans. On Swift's site, fans can collect and "boost" their points by watching the singer's music video, signing up for her email list, or by purchasing her album or merchandise.

You can get points for buying up to 13 copies of her album (out on November 10) and for buying her merchandise. And the merch is expensive. She's selling $50 T-shirts as well as $60 snake signet rings, like the ones she wears in the "Look What You Made Me Do" music video.

As a concert goer, and someone who loves live music and will continue to support live music, I think this is an absolutely horrible idea and it sets a bad precedent. I don't mind the social media interaction because people were going to do these things anyway, but when you have to buy $50 t-shirts and $60 rings just to "boost" your chances in line and you're *STILL* not guaranteed a ticket even though you have a place in line - easy answer to that is "fuck you". I really hope it does not encourage more of this, I will boycott every time it happens from now on. And WTF is something going to do with 13 copies of her album?

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First of all, any scheme involving Ticketmaster makes me cringe True Dough Aug 2017 #1
"Taylor Swift is committed to getting tickets into the hands of fansNOT scalpers or bots." grossproffit Aug 2017 #2
Yeah but I feel like this isn't going to help curb the bots at all. Initech Aug 2017 #4
If you're her and management team awesomerwb1 Aug 2017 #3
You couldn't pay me enough to go see Taylor Swift... ADX Aug 2017 #5
I'm not a Taylor Swift fan by any means. Initech Aug 2017 #6
She is none of those things obamanut2012 Aug 2017 #8
Well, as far as I'm concerned she's ALL of those things but you're entitled to your opinion... ADX Aug 2017 #10
I actually enjoy her music. Dave Starsky Aug 2017 #15
I love unintended irony LanternWaste Aug 2017 #12
That's not really the point, but thanks for the info! Iggo Aug 2017 #20
My pleasure... ADX Aug 2017 #22
I Can See Your POV ProfessorGAC Aug 2017 #27
I followed up on your suggestion... ADX Aug 2017 #29
Take a listen to Ryan Adam's cover of Swift's "1989" album when you've got some time. emulatorloo Aug 2017 #30
I really can't argue ProfessorGAC Aug 2017 #33
Terrific idea -- scalpers get most tix for shows by big artists obamanut2012 Aug 2017 #7
Scalpers will game this system as well, count on it. n/t Coventina Aug 2017 #23
Yup - as soon as you whack a troll, they'll go find a new troll cave. Initech Aug 2017 #31
Sidenote... LP2K12 Aug 2017 #9
I will not participate in this at all. Initech Aug 2017 #17
I'd rather listen to a tomcat in heat than Taylor Swift to be honest workinclasszero Aug 2017 #11
This will result in a large number of lonely 40-something men in the front rows Orrex Aug 2017 #13
Sounds a lot easier and simpler than standing in line for six hours LanternWaste Aug 2017 #14
It's all about restricting free markets and making lots of money, isn't it? Acts like her should mulsh Aug 2017 #16
There's a difference between making a buck and screwing the fans over. Initech Aug 2017 #18
I read the "13 copies" a little different than you do jmowreader Aug 2017 #26
my fav artist kate bush ran a series of concerts 3 years ago...i would have done anything for a tic dembotoz Aug 2017 #19
Yeah I'm OK with fan club members getting priority. Initech Aug 2017 #21
As Much As I Like Her, I Wouldn't Have Gone Through That Either ProfessorGAC Aug 2017 #28
Have that on vhs somewhere dembotoz Aug 2017 #32
The last time I went to a concert I paid $4 at the door ProudLib72 Aug 2017 #24
the file sharing mob claims artist should get over that loss and earn their livings performing msongs Aug 2017 #25
Very bad. Artists shouldn't be about having "castes" or "tiers" of fans. 😠 WinkyDink Aug 2017 #34
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