As demand for a hot tour outpaces supply, frustrated fans face jacked-up "spec pricing" by secondary sellers.

when bruce springsteen ­devotees noticed on Dec. 4 that seats for an as-yet-unannounced anniversary tour for The River were already up for sale on secondary-market sites like StubHub -- with markups of five to 10 times face value -- furor around the practice of ticket resales reignited in an Internet instant. At issue: frustrated fans shut out from seeing artists like Springsteen and Adele, whose North American tour sold out in minutes, and a concert industry that is being challenged to level the ­playing field.

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