So, 751 posts later (I stopped reading at page 14 out of 38), and not a few masked invectives (although you'd be surprised how polite Genesis fans are even when raging), and not a few mentions of other ticket fiascos and some facts are clear:
- The forum/site will be membership only, CC# required.
- To get access to North American presale ticket lottery, get the $35 membership.
- Europeans? Got guaranteed ticket blocks and no fee for presale.
Some less factual, but seemingly appropriate comments:
- "At least they didn't charge $100 for the presale, like they did for the Police" doesn't make very many people feel better.
- There is no law requiring a credit card number to verify someone's an adult, which is their excuse for requiring that to sign up whether you want to shell out $35 or not.
- You have a better idea of what kind of tickets you are getting from a scalper than from the presale lottery.
- UK and European fans are very sweet and willing to exclaim how unfair it is for us.
I don't know if I have any particularly strong opinions except: I think it's dumb to require anything more than an email address to sign up for a forum & website in this day and age. It was proven many times over that even porn and alcohol ordering sites require nothing more than the honor system. I am not sure how to evaluate my options for getting tickets now. Is paying through the nose to a ticket broker foolish? How do I even find one? I have never been to this kind of show, honestly, and have no idea what I'm getting into. Maybe I should just give up.