We fought scalpers for Charli XCX tickets at Ticketmaster : Planet Money : The Indicator from Planet Money Ticket scalpers. They're the bane of every fan's existence because they manage to snag concert tickets before fans can even get their webpages to load. An economist would tell you the story is more complicated than that.

Ticket scalpers: The real ticket masters

Ticket scalpers: The real ticket masters

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 10: Charli XCX performs onstage at the "Thrive With Pride" Concert with Charli XCX, hosted by LA Pride and Tik-Tok, on June 10, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
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Although face masks and vaccination cards are new additions to the live concert experience, one thing has remained the same: The stress of buying tickets.

From ticket sales websites crashing to waiting in long queues, buying tickets to see your favorite artist can be a lot of hassle. But many fans believe that the biggest obstacle of all are scalpers.

These days, scalpers use online bots to snag tickets to resell on secondary-market websites before many fans can even get their webpages to load. It's an issue that has persisted for years despite sites like Ticketmaster enforcing rules like ticket limits and presale codes.

While scalpers are every fan's archenemy, can they play a role in the concert ticket market? Today on the show, economist Alan Sorensen weighs in.

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