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President Biden Cracks Down On Hidden Ticket Fees

In a recent statement, President Joe Biden has promised to crack down on the “hidden junk fees” music fans are being charged for concert tickets with America’s commander-in-chief calling out the “surprise charges that companies sneak into bills because they can.”

After announcing an initiative in October to tackle the rogue fees making concerts more costly than normal, America’s 46th president has vowed to “put that money back in” consumer pockets, Tweeting: “I know hidden junk fees – like processing fees on concert tickets – are a pain.” “They’re unfair, deceptive, and add up. That’s why, last week, I called on my Administration to crack down on these fees and put that money back in your pocket.”

On 10.26, Biden confirmed his conversation with the Competition Council on the matter, and using similar language as in his tweet, he said that the “the unfair hidden fees known as ‘junk fees’ that are taking real money — real money out of your pockets — real money out of the pockets of American families.”

It’s long been an issue throughout the world, along with touting and overpriced resales, and just last week, it was revealed that Adele tickets were on sale for as much as $43,320.00

The 34-year-old British superstar singer postponed her Las Vegas residency in January just 24 hours before the opening due to COVID-19 but is re-set to launch her sold-out four-month run of ‘Weekends With Adele’ as of this month November. The price of resale tickets on StubHub has reached almost $46,000 in what has been called the priciest residency to ever hit the Strip. 

In response to the over-inflated ticket prices, Brodie Cooper, of US PR firm PRrppd, stated: “Websites would not charge those fees if people were not willing to pay those sums. Without a doubt, Adele’s ticket prices are by far the highest ever in the history of the Las Vegas strip.”

The price of the second-hand Adele tickets is said to have eclipsed the likes of previous Las Vegas residencies headed up by fellow music icons Celine Dion and Britney Spears.

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Author: Saul Goode

Photo: Reuben Ingber