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  posted on 1/21/2009 at 07:43 PM
I managed to get a loge seat for the Beacon, $101. OK. Then there is a $15 convenience fee. Oh well. Then there is a fee for me to use my own printer, paper and ink to make the ticket. Grrr! And now, we have a $2.50 order processing fee. What the F#ck! Isn't that covered by the convenience fee?
Also, does anybody see a conflict of interest in Tickets Now (a ticket broker, i.e, legal scalper) being a subsidiary of Ticketmaster? Am I to believe that tickets aren't immediately flying over to Tickets Now from Ticketmaster?
This will probably be my last purchase from these bastards.

 
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  posted on 1/21/2009 at 07:50 PM
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  posted on 1/21/2009 at 07:56 PM
**** 'em

 

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  posted on 1/21/2009 at 08:56 PM
There's just no end or limit to what this conglomorate can get away with. I just wonder what straw it will take to break the camel's back - WHEN WILL CONGRESS SAY, "ENOUGH"?

The sad thing is, there doesn't seem to be a way to even have a concert without their participation.

 

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  posted on 1/21/2009 at 09:14 PM
So you ended up paying $121 then for your ticket. Either the total cost is worth it to you or not. Live Nation's tix, I understand, will include all the fees in one bottom-line price and they will earn an undisclosed amount of the total. Would you be happier with that arrangement? To me. it's all the same, either I'm willing to pay the total or not.

BTW, I always opt for mailed tix and save the $2.50 ticketfast fee.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2009 at 09:36 AM
The straw will be the next Hannah Montana tour......


I also get the tickets free in the mail - hard to put those big printed ones in my ticket collection.... for some reason I am still nervous about the home printed ones....

 

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  posted on 1/22/2009 at 10:33 AM
Before you get your panties in too much of a bunch be aware that such "convenience fees" are often extraneous profit areas for the promoter or the venue. It's money THEY (not TM) get back that the act (in this case ABB) can't lay claim to. If the deal is a skinny one, i.e. with the act commanding a larger than normal share of the proceeds (say a 90/10 split) based on a sell out then the extra "fees" give the promoter or the building or both a little extra monetary cushion, especially if one or more shows don't sell out.

I know it feels good to dis eeeeeveeeel TicketMaster but they are not as often the source of your aggravation as you might think.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2009 at 10:44 AM
Rockman, be grateful you only had to pay face value for a loge seat...I was on the phone w/a tkmstr rep at 1015 friday the 16th and she couldn't find a seat anywhere in the loge section for any of the dates I requested, and I requested weekday shows...check ebay and see what the loge seats are going for from the scalpers (the ones owned by ticketmaster and ebay) and maybe you'll feel better...can only hope that Live Nation is better run...
 

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  posted on 1/22/2009 at 02:21 PM
1-the term "convenience fee" implies to me a fee for the convenience of buying from home, although I'm not sure buying at the box office is even an option anymore. If it is profit for the promoter it should be called "promoter's fee".
2- I get no pleasure from complaining about ticketmaster, but I would be pleased if their nickel amd diming ceased. I'll take the hit for $121, but I'm getting tired of the fee list getting longer and longer. Pretty soon they will charge you for the use of their bandwidth while you were buying the tickets online ( I hope I didn't give them any ideas).
3- My wife no longer lets me wear her panties.

 

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3- My wife no longer lets me wear her panties.
And therein lies the biggest travesty.

 

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1-the term "convenience fee" implies to me a fee for the convenience of buying from home, although I'm not sure buying at the box office is even an option anymore. If it is profit for the promoter it should be called "promoter's fee".
2- I get no pleasure from complaining about ticketmaster, but I would be pleased if their nickel amd diming ceased. I'll take the hit for $121, but I'm getting tired of the fee list getting longer and longer. Pretty soon they will charge you for the use of their bandwidth while you were buying the tickets online ( I hope I didn't give them any ideas).
3- My wife no longer lets me wear her panties.


LOL. Tell your wife to lighten up.

Another 'fee' to be on the lookout for is a venue "restoration fee" which can be found within your ticket price or sometimes added on. In the case of the Beacon "convenience fee" don't blame TM, I'm guessing the Beacon is offsetting the fact they don't have parking fees. Also each $15 can give the promoter or the venue a cushion in case some shows don't sell as planned. Remember, one night at Jones Beach can gross more than the whole Beacon run making the Beacon shows much more expensive to produce.

Finally, in defense of the promoters. they hate TM too. TM doesn't release the show's take until the show plays MEANING your ticket investment and everybody elses, sits in TicketMaster's bank account from now til mid-March when the Beacon shows play, collecting interest for, you guessed it, TicketMaster.

 

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  posted on 2/4/2009 at 07:25 PM
It didn't take long for the ticketmaster/tickets now conflict of interest to rear it's ugly head:

http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2009/02/04/bruce-springstee n-furious-at-ticketmaster-rails-against-live-nation-merger/

 

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  posted on 2/4/2009 at 07:31 PM
No Justice No Peace!
 

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  posted on 2/4/2009 at 09:08 PM
Ticket Master is not gettin' away with it. They messed with people getting tickets to Springsteen's show. Now Congress is getting involved.

http://www.amny.com/news/local/wire/newjersey/ny-bc-nj--springsteen-ticke02 03feb03,0,519770.story

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - A New Jersey congressman is demanding an investigation after Bruce Springsteen fans were unable to buy tickets from Ticketmaster's Web site _ which then promptly offered them more expensive tickets from a subsidiary it owns.

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell of Paterson wants the federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department to investigate possible conflicts of interest involving Ticketmaster and a ticket reseller it also owns called TicketsNow.

When tickets for Springsteen's Meadowlands show went on sale Monday, some fans got an error message on their computer screen that shut them out from buying tickets. They also saw an ad for TicketsNow, offering tickets for hundreds of dollars more than their face value.

A Ticketmaster spokesman says the system did not fail, and that only a small handful of potential purchasers had problems.

Remarks: They also said that artists will have to get involved (artists unite) since it is effecting a lot of people. In the Springsteen case one woman said she was on two computers 1 minute after the tickets were to go on sale and was told there were none, except from Tickets Now for $1600. Somebody ought to invite the Boss to the Beacon and his fans, if they can get Ticket Master to stop effin' with people!

 

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