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  1. I'm selling 7 Muse t-shirts on eBay. All womens sizes medium to large in good condition. Mostly from 2004-2008 ish. Take a look if you're interested in owning them - the current highest bid is 99p! http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/200878537942
  2. Stopping ticket scalping is very difficult. It if was easy we wouldn't routinely end up with thousands of tickets listed on eBay and bands would already have adopted the solution. But that's not the case and it's a complicated issue. One problem is that a lot of people seem to still think of touts as the guys you see outside venues, and whilst I'm sure they buy their fair share of tickets, in the age of eBay it's just as likely to be a housewife who doesn't have a qualm with doing something most fans think is morally wrong. You only have to look at the examples of people attempting to sell tickets for charity concerts or Olympic Torches on eBay to realise not everyone has equal morals. A staggered release would make a lot of sense, but promoters want their money as soon as possible - if a gig doesn't sell enough tickets it's not uncommon for the event to be cancelled (although this would be highly unlikely for Muse!) Named tickets might help, but what happens if I can't go and want to give the ticket to my friend? Selling tickets only to fans registered on a forum would be good to fans but what about new fans or those not registered? There's no simple solution. I applaud Muse for trying to help fans get tickets - a lot of bands wouldn't give a shit. From memory the website did state something like "payment will be authorised" which seemed pretty clear to me. Besides, if it stated only one application per person, why would you try and get more? Surely submitting multiple applications and trying to get more tickets than a fellow fan is just as unfair as a scalper buying tickets? The lack of understanding of how credit cards or banks work is a shame though. Perhaps my background in payment systems helps me, but really this is the kind of information we should be teaching kids in schools. If this e-petition hadn't already reached 100,000 signatures I'd recommend you sign it. If someone's got a card with £300 of credit and tries to buy £500 of tickets it's not going to work is it? And surely that's down to them not managing or understanding their own credit card?
  3. If a Muse gig sells out, some fans will always be disappointed that they didn't get tickets. A logical way to help dedicated fans get tickets (i.e. those on the mailing list of members of the forum) is to have a lottery system and allocate a percentage of all tickets randomly and then selling the rest on general sale to the public. I don't know how anyone can not see this as a good thing as it's fairer for all fans. A first come, first served "rubgy scrum of F5 pressing" is hardly fair (what about those that work and can't get online? Or those who aren't very good at typing their address details really quickly?). Regarding the pre-authorization of payment, this is a very common thing. Having worked on credit card payment systems and handling pre-authorisations it makes perfect sense. In fact, it's how credit cards and banks work. Here's an explanation... The ticket agency checks your bank/card for funds. If you have them, yay! The bank/card issuer reserves that amount of your available credit for the ticket agency and your remaining available credit is reduced. It doesn't matter that the transaction hasn't completed yet - that money is now reserved (this is called a pre-auth) and you can't spend it on anything else (for the time being). (This is why if you have a card with a £1000 limit you can't run off to Tesco and buy 500 things at £100 each... you'll be denied after the 10th one as you'll have run out of credit). Hotels work in the same way. When you check in they pre-auth your card with the amount your stay will cost (you know, to check you've actually got the money) and this money is reserved for them. When you check out, the pre-auth is either completed, or if you had anything from the minibar they might cancel the pre-auth and resubmit a request for the payment at the higher amount. It's at this point that the payment is actually requested. So back to the tickets, if your application was successful the pre-auth will be completed and the transaction is finalised (and it will show up on your statement). If you were unsuccessful, the pre-auth (the money that was reserved) will now be reversed/cancelled and the funds are available again. Whilst your amount of available credit may go up and down, the money is only actually taken when the tickets are bought. Incidentally, if you applied more than once, or hit submit multiple times, this is why your available credit would have been reduced drastically as the ticket system will have initially have pre-auth'd all your submissions. It would only be when the duplicates where discarded that the pre-auths would have been cancelled.
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