In 1982, Charles Jefferson wanted to take his brother to an Earth, Wind and Fire concert. His only option at the time was to approach a scalper, Mike Damone.
Mike was a high school kid conducting “business” outside of the arcade at the local mall. Though that’s a fictional account from the cult film Fast Times at Ridgemont High, it was reality in the early 1980s — scalpers trolling malls, record shops and parking lots looking to move tickets for the biggest acts of the day.
Oh, how times have changed. Scalpers now are using banks of computers with hacking programs to lock up wholesale blocks of the best seats. They employ technology to circumvent those blurry phrases you must enter to secure tickets on the primary market sites. In doing so, they’re jumping ahead of true fans, who are finding it harder and harder to secure tickets at face value.