Perry cancels 'Madea' shows because of ticket scalping

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Playwright and actor Tyler Perry announced Monday he was canceling the remaining tour dates for Tyler Perry’s Madea Gets a Job, including the Oct. 21 performances set for the James Brown Arena, according to a press release.

Perry’s statement, on www.tylerperry.com, said the cancellations were the result of competition from ticket “scalpers and bootleggers” who buy up large numbers of tickets for each show and resell them for exorbitant prices.

“There are a lot of ticket bootleggers and scalpers that buy lots of shows and sell them to the public for double, sometimes triple the price,” he said. “I’ve been dealing with this for years but now with the internet I’ve never seen it this bad.”

A statement from the James Brown Arena said those who bought tickets can get refunds at the point of purchase. Tickets purchased at the James Brown Arena Box Office must be presented in order to receive a refund.

Customers who purchased tickets through www.georgialinatix.com or over the phone will receive a refund to their credit cards within 5-10 business days, the release said.

Refunds will be available 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the arena’s Champion’s box. After Wednesday, refunds will be issued during normal business hours, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, the release said.

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 09/17/12 - 08:02 pm
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Good for Tyler Perry! He's

Good for Tyler Perry! He's made enough money that he's at a point where he can now do things for the right reasons. Scalpers ARE terrible when they buy up all the tickets like that. Personally, I don't have much trouble when Joe Blow buys his ticket legititamately, and then resells it for a reasonable profit...this helps out the folks that weren't able to get tickets. But the jerks that have computer programs that allow them to purchase huge amounts of tickets, and then resell them for insane amounts?...that's just not cool.
I bought tickets to a upcoming Georgia game from a guy this weekend...and he only charged me face value! And, yes, I greatly appreciated it.

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Karen Slater-McDaniel 09/17/12 - 09:23 pm
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USC v. Uga tickets are

USC v. Uga tickets are currently $135.00 each ... lowest price available! That's nuts. Tyler Perry always does the right thing.

athome
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athome 09/18/12 - 01:22 am
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scalping

just look on Craig's list. Guitar pull tickets which were either $35 or FREE are going for $200 or more. It happens with every show and it is criminal, literally. Where are the cops who enforce the scalping laws during the Master's?

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corgimom 09/18/12 - 04:53 am
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That's not the reason. That

That's not the reason. That doesn't make sense, and he would get sued by the venues for breach of contract. There's another reason.

pgapeach2
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pgapeach2 09/18/12 - 07:41 am
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I believe it's true

I believe that is the reason why he is cancelling the last leg. I saw the show in Atlanta in June it was fantastic and the surprise concert at the and was phenomenal! So @Corgimom if Kem didn't get sued whe he cancelled his August show why would Tyler Perry?

draksig
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draksig 09/18/12 - 08:38 am
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How will canceling the

How will canceling the concert help anyone? Scalpers buy their tickets online. Sp they bought the tickets then sold them for 2x, 3x the face value. Now they will get the refunds and tell the people who bought the tickets from them to go jump in a lake. The only people hurt are the people who bought the scalped tickets.

resident
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resident 09/18/12 - 09:21 am
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RE Scalpers

I agree where is the policing that should be getting equal representation for any event....OH that's right you are not the Augusta National....You are simply and insignificant tax paying sheep... just like the rest of us tax payers that are supposed to be represented by our so called elected officials..They make the decisions and of course ignore areas just like south Augusta..Crime is crime and breakingthe law should not have economic boundaries!!!!

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Cameron Poe 09/18/12 - 11:01 am
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Whoa Whoa Whoa Resident! Take

Whoa Whoa Whoa Resident! Take it easy. While I too like you hate scalpers because they get in the way of the fans who really care to see the event, our fair state of GA does allow scalping. While there are certain rules that must be followed: distance from venue, amount of tickets purchased, etc. we still allow scalping in our state. I believe the people who were charged at the Augusta National were charged because they were not in the "buffer" zone where scalping/reselling is legal. So let's look at all the facts here before we turn something as frivolous as scalping into a testament on economic equality amongst our law enforcement officers.

http://www.cga.ct.gov/2006/rpt/2006-r-0761.htm

http://seatgeek.com/blog/ticket-industry/ticket-resale-laws

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Jake 09/18/12 - 12:06 pm
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Don't get out much

When I saw the headline I thought it was refering to Katie Perry. Just who is Tyler Perry?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/18/12 - 01:26 pm
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Technology

Seems like a little technology might help out Perry. He could set up his online ticket ordering system to require a purchaser to provide name, address, e-mail address, and the computer would capture their IP address. Armed with that information, the program could allow purchases of no more than four tickets.

Sure, a ticket re-selling company (they do exist!) could figure out ways to buy more, but they would have to go through a lot of trouble if they had to have a lot of e-mail addresses, physical addresses, and IP addresses.

And, yes, Poe is correct. Scalping is legal in Georgia.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/18/12 - 01:28 pm
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One More Thing

Oh, yes, if Perry wanted to add one more layer of identification, he could allow no more than four tickets to be put on the same credit card number.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 09/18/12 - 06:12 pm
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What frosts my cookies is to

What frosts my cookies is to see tickets online from scalpers before they go onsale to the general public. That means comped tickets are getting sold, and they are usually the front row prime seats.

I have to tread lightly here because I believe in free enterprise, but I do resent the heck out of the fact some make a living at scooping up tickets for no other reason than to gouge people who are true fans.

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