HIGH PRICE TO SING

The World of Chinese - - Pop Culture Corner -

On De­cem­ber 30, Chi­nese pop singer Faye Wong held a con­cert in Shanghai. This, in it­self, is not news, but the fact that the min­i­mum price of a ticket was 1,800 RMB ($259 USD) was suf­fi­cient to out­rage Wong's le­gion of fans. The tick­ets came in three price tiers, rang­ing from 1,800 RMB to 5,800 RMB and 7,800 RMB.TO make mat­ters worse, tick­ets at that ob­scenely high price sold out within the space of just 32 sec­onds from the of­fi­cial web­site, with scalpers and se­condary agents buy­ing them up and re­selling those ba­sic 1,800 RMB tick­ets for be­tween 3,000 and 5,000 RMB. In an al­ready out­raged at­mos­phere, an in­dus­try in­sider by the name of Yang Yue claimed that there had been more dirty, di­a­bol­i­cal, no good deeds: the of­fi­cial web­site had re­leased just 800 tick­ets at an 8,000-seat venue in a naked ef­fort to in­flate prices. - D.D.

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