StubHub’s Pretty Big

While ticket broker StubHub may be many things to many people, it is certainly a darling to Inc. magazine, which named StubHub the fastest-growing private retail company in the U.S.

StubHub had a 3,000 percent growth spurt from 2002 to 2005, the publication reported, landing the company the No. 8 spot on the Inc. 500 list for 2006. In retail, StubHub’s three-year growth beat its nearest competitor by more than 500 percent.

“When I saw the Inc. 500 list with StubHub in the top 10, I was thrilled – but I have to admit I wasn’t completely surprised,” company CEO Jeff Fluhr said in a statement.

BusinessWeek recently featured the company in a compare/contrast piece with Ticketmaster that detailed the various efforts made to curtail StubHub’s influence in the secondary marketplace, along with eBay, Craigslist, TicketsNow, RazorGator and TicketLiquidator.

More than 1,000 people bought tickets to Madonna‘s Madison Square Garden shows via StubHub, Fluhr told the mag.

Meanwhile, RazorGator’s David Lord dismissed criticism that his company is a scammer, telling BusinessWeek that RazorGator sold about 10 percent of last year’s Super Bowl tickets without having a single fraudulent ducat.