Louis C.K. May Have Cornered His Own Market

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When comedian Louis C.K. announced on Monday that he would be selling tour tickets exclusively through his website and that he planned to prevent resale at above face value, we wrote about the challenges he faced in policing a notoriously lawless secondary market. Early data from event ticket search engine SeatGeek suggests his attempt may be working. As of this morning, the site’s aggregation of 60 online brokers—including StubHub and eBay—shows only 667 tickets on sale through secondary vendors for the 56 dates on the tour, an average of fewer than 12 per show. For a pair of shows in Atlantic City before Louis put the restrictions in place, says SeatGeek, more than 1,000 tickets were available.

And for comparable comics, such as Aziz Ansari, hundreds of tickets are typically available.

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