The week-long frenzy over Lady Gaga concerts has left music fans wringing their hands and bitterly attacking scalpers who have grabbed most of the tickets.
Despite the addition of a third show, on May 5, tickets for it sold out by 11.30am yesterday after just 11/2 hours - a case of deja vu for fans who were caught out when ticket sales on Tuesday for the May 2 and 3 shows also ended by 11.30am.
One Gaga fan, Laki Boulieris, failed with three attempts to buy a ticket. 'Tickets have all gone to the city's top tier and scalpers, and it's as if people were buying shares of a company,' the hair stylist said, referring to an American Express priority sale before the tickets went public.
'It seems like all we value in Hong Kong is money, not humanity.'
Boulieris wrote an e-mail to Lady Gaga yesterday, telling her of the obstacles fans faced. 'Gaga is not about this at all. She doesn't care about money. If she knew of this, I'm sure she'd be quite upset.'
He refused to buy scalped tickets, with HK$1,580 ones selling for HK$4,100 on the Craigslist website.
'Some things cannot be traded. These scalpers are probably making more money than the concert organisers and the artist herself. This concert is supposed to be about us fans and getting to see someone you love.'
Another loser was Chloe Ho Cho-yi, 16. She began queueing at 3am on Tuesday to buy one ticket as a birthday present to herself, sleeping for two nights outside the Tsim Sha Tsui ticketing outlet. When it was announced at 11.30am yesterday that all tickets had again sold out, she burst into tears. 'All the tickets were bought by scalpers. This is so unfair,' she said.
But a man who gave his name only as Mr Wong, first in line since Tuesday at the Tsim Sha Tsui outlet, was luckier. He said he was queuing for tickets to the Korean boy band Super Junior concert, which went on sale on Wednesday. He discovered Lady Gaga had added a third show and found himself first in line, buying eight HK$1,580 tickets.