Ticketmaster is out of control

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This week I’ll be headed into town to buy Ra Ra Riot tickets at the Trocadero. You might ask why I don’t just buy the tickets online or over the phone? Well on top of the $15 ticket price, Ticketmaster adds $6.90 per ticket; that’s a 46% surcharge. That’s near $28 for the 4 tickets I need to buy, but if I buy the tickets at the box office, no surcharge.

Here’s something that has always bothered me about ticket prices: why can’t the ticket prices include all of the surcharges? I would have been fine with them telling me the price is $22 with no service charge. Once you tell me the price of the ticket is $15, I expect to pay $15. Of course since Ticketmaster has concert goers over a barrel, they don’t care. According to  artists want to be able to advertise inexpensive tickets, even if the ticket price doesn’t cover the cost of doing business.

So Ticketmaster won’t be getting my money this week. A small victory since they get my money 90% of the time. Must be nice to do business without caring what your customers think – although I can’t imagine why you’d want to.

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5 thoughts on “Ticketmaster is out of control

  1. Grab me two while you’re down there?!?!?!? :) JK But i am planning on goign to Rara and am pissed about surcharges as well!

  2. I am so with you on this, Spencer. I try my best when there’s a show I want to see here in SF or the Bay Area to actually go to the venue or wherever tickets are being sold without the surcharges, because I can’t stand giving money away to these entities for…what? Convenience fee? Whose convenience? Theirs, surely not mine! I love it when the artists and the people strike out against Ticketmaster, Ticket Hub, or whatever they call themselves in whatever market you’re in.

  3. Here I go…. off to the Troc to make sure i can Ra Ra Riot without my wallet ra ra rioting. Ok terrible joke. Also, apparently Live Nation has surcharge free wednesdays. Don’t know if it applies to the upcoming FLaming Lips show though… we’ll see!

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