SOURCE: Contender.com

Contender.com

April 23, 2014 09:30 ET

Contender.com Comes Out Swinging

Peer-to-Peer Price Discovery Marketplace Stands Up to Ticket Goliaths by Launching Free Model

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 23, 2014) - Contender.com, the first peer-to-peer secondary ticketing website that's free, fair and flexible has officially launched today. Founded by industry veterans Wes Brodsky and Ken Blaustein in 2012, Contender.com is an online marketplace where buyers and sellers safely negotiate using their PayPal accounts, to agree on what a ticket's really worth, without dodgy middleman or baked-in fees.

"We started our company because the secondary ticket industry is broken and inefficient," says Brodsky, Contender.com's CEO. "Buyers are blindly overpaying for tickets and sellers are losing revenue due to price speculation, all the while the ticketing behemoths are lining their pockets. Users are intentionally blocked on resale marketplaces from knowing each other's level of price flexibility, causing tickets to either go unsold, or binding one side of the transaction to a competitive disadvantage."

"The industry's deliberate manipulation of the market operates in stark contrast to the needs of consumers, who are fed up," adds Blaustein, Contender.com's head of creative and business development. "With a decisive pivot from our competition's antiquated model, we're able to offer a solution that helps our users complete mutually beneficial transactions, without us getting in their way. Users deserve a transparent alternative to piggish fees, artificial prices, or the need to resort to some weirdo they emailed online. Those days are over."

Contender.com is an unbiased marketplace providing buyers and sellers unrestricted access to virtually every concert, sporting event and theatre performance. Fans set the rules, right down to the exact seats they choose, how long each offer is valid for, and have the power to accept, reject, or counter any offer, at any price point, even if the event is sold out.

The mission is simple. Eliminate the industry nonsense, ditch the fees, and harness the accountability of PayPal to prevent fakes, flakes and scams from ruining the experience. For the first time people will have the independence to acquire the exact seats they want, at a price both sides can feel good about.
Negotiate tickets, not the nonsense.

#SeatYourself

Learn more about Contender here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxKqTl9M1cA

www.contender.com

About Wes Brodsky
With over 15 years in the secondary ticketing industry, Wes serves at CEO and co-founder, overseeing the architecture of Contender.com. Brodsky quickly rose to become the top individual ticket reseller on eBay while also serving as a consultant to both eBay and PayPal's ticket experience team. In 2008, he developed his beta site SaveFans.com, the first negotiable online marketplace for tickets, which Mashable named one of its "Genius Startups" of 2011, before creating Contender.com with Blaustein.

About Ken Blaustein
Ken Blaustein brings 20 years of entertainment marketing and branding experience as co-founder of Contender.com -- a result of former staff positions at Phillip Morris USA, Sony Music, Warner Bros. Records, and EMI Music Group. Additionally, Blaustein served as a marketing and development consultant for Electronic Arts, MTV, and Major League Gaming. He is responsible for driving the company's design, branding, and strategic partnerships, and works in tandem with Brodsky to develop the company's strategy and development.