Super Bowl ticket scalpers not happy about prices dropping
JAN 30, 2014 7:26p ET
Are you ready for the saddest story about Super Bowl XLVIII so far?
Ticket scalpers are not happy about ticket prices falling yet again before Sunday's showdown between the Seahawks and Broncos at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
I know, I know. These poor people. All they want to do is charge wild amounts of money for tickets to the big game. It's heartbreaking, really.
Here, listen to this poor guy, via New York Magazine:
"This is the worst Super Bowl ever," says Lloyd, a 42-year-old in a big puffy coat who's been selling tickets for 20 years. "Nobody likes the cold weather, they always want a warm climate. Usually around this time I'd be up $20- to $30,000. Last year, New Orleans was beautiful -- I made $40,000. New York, I don't know why they did it. I'd be happy if I make $5,000."
So sad, right? Lloyd might make only $5K selling tickets to a football game!
Lloyd isn't alone in his misery. Nope. Some guy named Nate is depressed, too.
"They're dropping, and they are dropping fast," says Nate, a 50-something grandfather with a daughter in college, who has been selling tickets since 1974. "It's going to be freezing out there. The people I deal with, the brokers firm I work with, it was on the board for $3,000, now it's half that." (According to data from TiqIq.com the average ticket list price is hovering near $3,000, down nearly 30 percent since Jan. 18. The lowest tickets are under $1,500, mezzanine seats are going for $1,800, lower-level seats are running $1,900, and suites are ranging from $225,000 to $574,000. As of this morning, there were more than 10,700 tickets remaining.)
Despite all of those numbers, is Nate able to stay positive?
"My prediction is it's going to be a bomb," Nate sayd. "I'm not going. I'm going to a Super Bowl party." Although, he's already made about $6,000 in commission for 10 tickets, which included a pair he unloaded for $7,000 about 10 days ago.
If you still want to go to the game, the lowest-priced tickets on StubHub right now are just more than $1,400. That's not too bad, considering most tickets have a face value of $1,000.
Or you can save a bunch of money and just watch the Super Bowl on TV.