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Taylor Swift sells out

Country Standard Time Editorial, October 2009

Taylor Swift is on a huge roll - big sales of her album "Fearless," well at least in this day and age. Hit singles. Fans flocking to her shows. She's all over the place in the media.

Today, the news got even better for her as she started selling tickets to her 2010 shows. Two shows at New York's Madison Square Garden reportedly sold out in less than 60 seconds, according to her publicist.

A slew of other shows sold out their seats immediately also. That's good for Swift, but is it so good for fans?

Take a look at eBay, and thousands of tickets to her shows in about a dozen markets are already on line ready to go to the highest bidder or someone willing to pay the huge bucks. Two tickets for a show in Corpus Christi, Texas are going for the unseemly amount of more than $8,000.

No matter how much teen girls and younger may want to see Swift, they're certainly (hopefully) not going to have parents wiling to pay that amount of green.

It's not entirely clear what Swift can do about it - it's impractical for fans to show up at the gig giving their names at the door as the person who originally bought the ticket. But somehow, it just seems awfully unfortunate that fans doubtlessly were often prevented from buying tickets because of scalpers or something else going on regarding the sales of tickets that don't go to fans.

Let's hope that Swift can figure out some way for her fans to actually benefit from seeing her instead of shelling out the big bucks they or their parents don't have in a very poor economy.

©Country Standard Time • Jeffrey B. Remz, editor & publisher •
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