Music fans could see the scalpers coming as soon as one of the biggest bands in the world, Imagine Dragons, announced they would play a free TCF Bank Stadium show.
Tickets were made available online to the general public Thursday , and 25,000 were snatched up almost instantly – some by fans , some by ticket brokers dizzy at the prospect of a 100 percent profit margin.
It's hard to tell how many tickets went to real Imagine Dragons fans versus what fraction went to people looking to make a fast buck on the secondary market.
Tickets for the July 12 show were going for more than $100 on TicketKing – there were 13 left late Friday morning at $240 apiece.
Buyers and sellers are chatting on Craigslist, too. One hopeful buyer says, "I do understand that those with these tickets took their time to get them, so I am paying for your time."
But lots of Imagine Dragons fans were furious with scalpers and torched them on social media, including on a June 18 post on the Imagine Dragons Facebook page. One comment, "This is BS," summed up the sentiment.
Imagine Dragons' opening act, the Minneapolis hip hop duo Atmosphere, urged fans not to buy tickets from scalpers:
The tickets had been made available through a Major League Baseball website (the show is part of All-Star Game festivities). Many fans said they found the site unresponsive.
The league on Thursday issued a statement: "A relatively small number of fans have chosen to put their free seats on the secondary market, which Major League Baseball and the Twins have no control over. While (it's) unfortunate some people have opted to offer their free tickets for sale, we are confident the vast majority of fans who did receive tickets will enjoy this free show."