For what it's worth, this year I paid $134 for row 12 at White River (Music Today) and $300 for row 8 in Las Vegas (Live Nation).
Two years ago, I paid $100 for row 16 in Phoenix (Music Today).
IMO, these 2010 prices aren't unreasonable compared to other recent shows I've priced (Eagles, Roger Waters).
Yes, the StubHub prices suck, but those are broker and scalper prices, not the venues.
But if you want to be in the first few rows these days, then you're going to pay more. It has never been easy to get the great seats, even before the rise of brokers and scalpers. Twenty years ago, you could camp out at the box office and sometimes get lucky, but often you still wound up with mediocre seats. And then they started passing out "lottery numbers" to people in line, making camping out a moot point.
I does seem like ticket buying is always rigged against the fans, and in favor of the scalpers and brokers.
But even though the current system is still frustrating, I have gotten consistently better Rush seats (admittedly more $) through online pre-sales than through the old days of camping out at the box office.
Edited by PariahDog, 18 May 2010 - 05:37 PM.