Trent On Tix

Nine Inch Nails founder Trent Reznor tried to shine a little light on the practice of venues, promoters, ticket agencies and artists withholding tickets for secondary resale during a recent blog post, and a solution his band’s used to keep scalpers at bay.

“Being completely honest, it is something I’ve had to consider,” Reznor wrote. “If people are willing to pay a lot of money to sit up front and are going to anyway thanks to the rigged system, why let that money go into the hands of the scalpers? I’m the one busting my ass up there every night. The conclusion really came down to it not feeling like the right thing to do – simple as that.”

To combat the secondary market, Reznor explained NIN does its own presale with 10 percent of the best seats. “We limit the amount you can buy, we print your name on the tickets and we have our own person let you in a separate entrance where we check your ID to match the ticket. … We have essentially stopped scalping by doing these things – because we want true fans to be able to get great seats and not get ripped off by these parasites.”