If you have winced when forced to buy tickets to a music act or the theatre at the "rack rate," you'll like Seatwave.
It's a sort of a trading hub for entertainment and sports tickets, where buyers and sellers post, bid and guarantee the sale through Seatwave which acts as the intermediary. Whether it's for last minute Prince concert tickets (£ 35.95) Hairspray the musical (£ 49) or a test cricket match between India and England, they are available here. Needless to say they are largely for a British audience. But if you don't mind paying it forward, so to speak, with £ 2,799 for the 2008 Super Bowl (here in Phoenix), that is supposedly the price range.
But the most interesting part of this bottom-up trading system is the fact that the acts reviewed by the hoi polloi, are impacting sales. Some in the audience are even writing reviews in the interval, the Producer of The Lord Of The Rings is quotes as saying.
And if you think this is wild, consider TxtReviews, a service in Canada offering people movie and book reviews via phone. In Canada, you need to send a message to this sort code 416 -7384397 (stands for 416 REVIEWS) with the movie name or book ISBN number and you'll get a sms-abbreviated description back via a text message.