There was a verified fan sale for Sam Smith’s 2018 tour about a month ago. This I believe would be his 2nd album. The first album won 7 Grammys in 2005, and he was playing arenas, not stadiums on the tour. I had heard of him, but I later found out that not many other people had. In my mind at the time, this was a THREE on my risk/reward scale (five being highest like Hamilton and 1 being Jay Z in stadiums.) Since I was neutral, my Viet gambling blood took over and decided I wanted in. However, I’m also not stupid, so I decided to get the best cheap seats in the house. I bought 2 sets of 4 nosebleed tickets for $208 all-in per set.
Selling the tickets
It took about 2 weeks, but 1 set of 4 tickets sold on Stubhub for $198 take-home. Thus I lost $10 on those 4 tickets. I still have the other 4 just collecting dust right now. I was waiting for those to sell before I made this post, but at this point, I’ll probably lose money on them if the Christmas shopping season doesn’t move them.
To be honest, I would have done it again. I felt a 3 was a good risk/reward. I mean, I would have put Pink at a 3 at the time too and she’s been FIRE (raising her up to a FIVE for next time!) I think the main lesson learned may have been that sophomore tours haven’t established the artist enough. Or maybe it’s because this tour is in summer/fall 2018 and his new songs have JUST COME OUT. Should I have bought floor or lower bowl seats? I don’t think so. If I had, I’m sure I would have lost even more than $10. I probably should have only bought 4 tickets instead of 8.