I have never really understand all the hatred directed at ticket scalpers. They only make money because the original sellers of a scarce resource (e.g. tickets to a concert) under-price their product. Scalpers live on the difference between the list price of the ticket and the true market clearing price. So they buy the tickets when they first come out for $80 and resell them for, say, $200.
Scalpers will never go away. Even if there were not a mispricing problem, there is always going to be a secondary market for date/time specific products that are non-refundable (just think how great it would be if there were a secondary market for airline tickets you could no longer use, though alas TSA and airline rules pretty much make this impossible).
But scalping would be a lot, lot smaller if concerts just sold the tickets originally at the market clearing price, or held some sort of auction for them. Then the original price would be $200, not $80, and the margin for flipping the tickets goes away.
Which then presents us this irony for those consumers who whine about scalped ticket prices. The fact is the higher market clearing price never goes away, even if it is achieved in some sort of black market. In fact, what eliminating scalping really means is that instead of some people paying $80 and some paying a higher price, everybody pays a higher price. There is no mystical low price, larger supply solution to the problem. In fact, the lower price with scalping model really is a gift from bands and concert promoters -- the scalping margin really could be theirs if they wanted it.
I am reminded of all this by this notice to fans posted by the White Stripes' Jack White and linked by TJIC. The subject in question is limited edition vinyl but the discussion is exactly similar. White took some small steps as publisher to capture some of the scalper's margin discussed above, and apparently some fans freaked.