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Saturday, July 09, 2005

ticketmaster

sorry for the rant, but how can 3 shows, each with a capacity of nearly 10,000 people sell out in a matter of minutes?

both my friend and I were looking for tickets, both were refreshing our screen so we could click into the show as soon as it changed to ON SALE.

after the times to wait increased to 15 minutes then back down, our answers popped up on our screens. she got 2 seats in the last 10 rows. I got nothing.

we were both into the searching for tickets portion within a minute after they went on sale. and all 60 reserved rows were sold out before our ticket request. that baffles me.

sure we could pay ridiculous sums of money and get better seats. as the tickets are already going for between $100 and $1,000 per ticket on e-bay, mostly through ticket resellers. there are also some already for sale on craigslist, but many, many more wanted.

there will still be scalpers standing out on Morrison Road the night of each of these shows selling tickets. but many fans unable to go because the ticket resellers bought up most of the tickets.

there has got to be a better way to buy concert and event tickets than ticketmaster.

14 comments:

Valerie said...

OMG, that PISSES me off so bad too. Damn them!

So, did your friend buy the tix she was offered?

Big B said...

Who is so hot, selling out that fast RG?

Ticketmaster is a corrupt ripoff, I agree.

GlitterGlamGirl05 said...

I agree with you on that one having bought many many tickets myself! It's awful what they do do you. I know all that all too well.

I've found that sometimes as the concert gets near they re-release a few tickets they've held for the band and radio stations for promotions.

kt said...

i was SOO pissed at ticketmaster the other day. we got tickets from si's dad's birthday and there was not only a $10.xx per ticket "convienence" charge, but a $~4 per ticket "handling" fee AND a $2.50 charge to PRINT the freakin' tickets on my printer!

on the other hand, i found out you can buy tickets for a lot of red rocks shows at the filmore - no charges. (unless they're house of blues events).

what show ya trying to go/going to?

kt said...

i meant "for" his dad's birthday - typing too fast!

Rob said...

Sorry, who’s the band/concert/play that is worth THAT?

ramblin' girl said...

DMB at Red Rocks, and yes she got the tickets. we're going to be in the last ten rows, but it's such an awesome venue, last row is still good.

Yoda said...

RG,

You can thank the Internet. Ticket resellers have software that allows them to flood Ticketmaster with ticket requests...

Great golf courses have the same issue. Last time I tried to golf Torrey Pines was several years ago, but as a San Diego resident, I could (in theory) get a helluva discount for a round. When I called for a tee time, I learned that automated tee time resellers could access the Torrey Pines system and book tons of tee times they'd then sell at huge markups...leaving locals with 5pm weekday times and what not.

Oughta not just be illegal, but a capital offense to use automation to purchase tickets like that...drives ticket prices up and the artist isn't seeing a dime of the extra profit.

~Kurt

liz said...

We tried for the Dave Matthews tickets too --- 2 computers, 3 browsers open, for general admission, 4 minutes and they were sold out. Totally ridiculous.

LaLaLa said...

I feel your pain! My beloved Dodgers (who are doing horribly right now) now sell their tickets through Ticketmaster! What an f'ing RIP! Two tickets in the field level section that would normally cost $47 & change. Now it's $10 more due to service fees. What crap!

Rainypete said...

Here in town I buy tickets straight from the venue as they usually reserve some that aren't available through Ticketbastard.

I also tend not to go to many big shows live since the only tickets I can usually afford are so far back you watch it on a screen anyway. I can buy the DVD, make a kilelr meal and buy a case of beer and still have change left over at home. At the show I would spend that money plus another 50.00 while getting trapped in the inevitable 2 hour traffic jam trying to get home.

ramblin' girl said...

rainypete, come out this way and go to a show at red rocks, and you'll understand. it's a magical place to see a show, and the seats usually aren't that pricey, even to the big shows.

Ima Poemer said...

OH MAN!!! DMB is soooo worth it. I have some friends going (the ones without children) to spend the night camping, too. I'm happy for them, and for you, too. I, on the other hand, will be sitting at home listening to songs on my stereo the night of the concert. Fun, fun.

The World Against Me said...

I used to work for a BASS counter at Tower Records and I can tell you what my observations are...

The phone operators and counters are able to get into the tickets a minute before the general public can buy them. How do I know? Because the first gentleman that was at my window one Sunday had a laptop, trying to get the best tickets.. I was able to put up a seat (row 16) and it was still telling him it was not on sale yet.

second observation, promoter and such usually have blocks of that stuff locked up. For "promotional" purposes. Now rather that is for the promotion of the tour, the affiliates or the growth of his bank account, I am not sure.

Then there is the scalpers, as yoda said it, they have automated machine/programs that purchases the tickets. While I was in tower records, a man came to me and asked me if anyone would be interested to buy Phantom of the Opera/Rent/Stomp tickets. I asked him what seats he had and he SHOWED me around 10 tickets per show, all in the LOGE section, first 2 rows. These are some of the best tickets in the house!!! I offered him 15% above his cost (the maximum allowed by law) and he returned with a barrage of cuss words.

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