*A team CLEO member was in desperate need of Ed Sheeran tickets, but has chosen to remain anonymous. This is her story.
Yeah… RM4,640 for two tickets to be exact.
Now before you think that I have a ton of cash lying around, I don’t. A huge opportunity cost (on top of monetary, of course) came with it and I have reasonably good reasons for spending this much on Ed Sheeran’s concert tickets. Hear me out.
The few reasons why
I’ve been a huge fan of Ed (yes, I’m calling him Ed from here on) since Thinking Out Loud was released. It was the song my ex-boyfriend and I would sing to whenever it played on the radio, which was pretty often back then.
We broke up shortly after.
People say Ed’s songs either break your heart or make you want to fall in love. I can personally attest to that.
I started dating again a year after the breakup and guess what – Ed’s new album release! What perfect timing.
When I first started to date this guy (let’s call him M), Shape of You was on repeat. Because, you know, we just met and were getting to know each other. As time passed, feelings developed and Dive was on repeat. “Don’t call me baby, unless you mean it” was so relatable. The whole song perfectly described my feelings which I couldn’t put into words.
These days, How Would You Feel has been on repeat.
So you see, Ed basically has been singing my feelings out for me. It takes a lot for me to be a fan of someone’s music. It has to affect me in such a great magnitude for me to become one. Ed did just that. In a (dramatic) way, he’s been there with me through my emotional journey of relationships.
Another reason why is that M is a huge Ed Sheeran fan. And I do rash things in the name of love, but let’s save that for another day.
The biggest reason of all: how often does Ed come to KL on tour?!
It was my first day at my new job. I joined with another two new hires and we were sitting in a small meeting room waiting for HR to brief us. The night before, I had set a reminder at 9:45am to go to the ticketing website.
Come 9:45am, I was multitasking between frantically refreshing the ticketing page, filling out employment forms and listening to the HR manager’s brief, all at the same time.
That went on for a good 15 minutes when I finally got into a queue – a 50-minute queue. Thinking to myself that it’s all good, I set my phone aside and let time pass.
We were shown to our desks and after greeting my boss and colleagues, I turned on the computer and the first thing I did was go onto the ticketing website again. At this point I was worried if it would reflect badly on me (it probably did) but this is Ed’s concert we’re talking about!
And again, I was queued. I texted my friend about it and she told me it was sold out. Sold out in 30 minutes!
WHY? HOW? (This was me in disbelief)
I was very desperate, so I went onto a re-seller website and tried my luck. Tickets were being resold at ridiculous prices. The cheapest I could find was RM1,500 per ticket. My heart dropped but I bit my tongue and clicked the checkout button. I was filling in my details halfway but closed the tab when I decided it was just too much. I went back and forth on it for awhile and prices kept going up (so did my blood pressure). In the end I decided to just go for it and settled at RM2,320 per ticket.
The Opportunity Cost
Let’s backtrack a little. Prior to the whole Ed’s concert ticket saga, I was contemplating for a few months on buying a pair of Gucci shoes. I saved up and was almost certain that I would get them on the weekend. Hence, I had the money ready to go.
I guess those Gucci babies gotta wait.
In conclusion, I spent a ridiculous amount of money (my heart still aches at the thought of it); put the thought of buying the Gucci shoes on hold; surprised M and made him happy; but most importantly scored the chance to see a concert which I’m sure will be unforgettable. It’s all good.