You know those low-profile (well, not really, but nice try) shows that Arcade Fire (aka The Reflektors) is putting on this weekend? Well, tickets went on sale at noon yesterday, and as anybody could imagine, sold out in about 2 seconds (literally). That’s cool. We get it. Arcade Fire is huge; of course two intimate shows will sell out quickly. Unfortunately, a good portion of those tickets were scooped up by scalpers – those vile, money-grubbing, puke buckets, that sell tickets for anywhere from 50x to 500x the actual value of the ticket.Tickets for the shows, which are to be played tonight and tomorrow, at 299 Meserole Street in Brooklyn, immediately went up on the likes of Stubhub for the reasonable scalper prices of $175-$2000. Yeah, that’s what our eyes did when we read those numbers too. Tickets were approximately $50 to start out. While any real fan has a pit in their stomach when seeing the ridiculous pricing of these tickets, we really have to ask ourselves the real important question: How do we stop this?Of course, we have the option of not purchasing these PED’d up prices, but that means that EVERYBODY has to take a stand against this practice, and not purchase tickets from scalpers at all. And, to be honest, it’s just difficult to do that. It would be great if companies like Stubhub took a stand and put ceilings on the percentage increase you are allowed to charge for tickets. Either way, it sucks to pay anymore than what a ticket is worth, but we have to start somewhere.Companies like CashOrTrade.org‘s mission is to help fans obtain tickets at face value, participate in trades with other fans for tickets to other shows, and to provide an alternative to scalping. The system is based on legitimate fans doing the right thing, and it is most certainly a start in the right direction. Spreading the word and letting people know there is an alternative is definitely one way to fight the scalping demons. However, even that won’t solve the problems; it’s a start, but we need more than that. We need laws put in place, we need authorities to come down hard on the practice of scalping, and there needs to be a lot of pressure put on these secondary ticketing companies to police their sites more efficiently.Even then, there will always be some form of scalping. It’s not simply going to go away. If someone wants to make some extra cash off a ticket to a high-profile event, they will find a way. But, it shouldn’t be this easy. With any show, not just the Arcade Fire show, or the intimate Billy Joel show the other night on Long Island, the people that suffer the most are the real fans. Some of us can barely afford the actual cost of the ticket as it is. Events like this should be enjoyed without having to put yourself in bankruptcy. People need to be held accountable. This conversation has gone on way too long, with no results.