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Tuesday, June 30th, 2009   5:59 am | Author: Isabelle | Entertainment/Sports, Life, Money |
When there is an opportunity to make money someone (or many) will rise to the occasion. There is something a little sick about cashing in on death which appears particularly prevalent when a celebrity dies. It is not the cashing in on an artist’s work (paintings, music, etc.) but the inflated sale of secondary “items” related to the artist that I find annoying.
Jackson had 50 concerts scheduled in London called the “This is it” series because this was to be his final concert tour. Morbidly foretelling.
With his death last week promoters were faced with refunds to the 50 sold out concerts. They could have just refunded the money but they decided that they will offer ticket holders the option to choose a commemorative ticket. Very clever. With tickets costing a minimum of $105 each the promoters stand to retain a substantial amount of the money since many ticket holders will view this as an eBay opportunity.
Death seems to pay.
The asking price for everything MJ related is up these days. Ebay reports a 210% increase in MJ sales. Besides all the standard merchandise, posters, records, dvds, etc someone is trying to sell an unopened Pepsi six pack for the 1984 MJ World Tour. Owners of domain names for websites related to MJ are coming out of the woodwork with exorbitant asking prices.
I am sure that there are some true fans out there who want a piece of MJ to remember the artist he was but my guess is most are just in it for the money.
It is the American way or maybe these days with eBay and other Internet sites, it is the global way of life and making money.