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Concert Tickets - What a Headache

Posted by tylerh1701, 24 April 2013 · 73 views

So I almost never go to concerts, I don't think I've been to a paid concert in over 5 years. Anyway, today on the radio, one of the local radio stations was selling tickets to Brit Floyd (a Pink Floyd cover band) for $10.65 for today only. That sounded like a pretty decent deal, so I figured if I could talk my girlfriend into going, I'd treat myself to the tickets. She said OK, so I went about ordering the tickets.

Right away, I'm presented with this:

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Well, there goes the $10.65 price. Oh well, $15 per ticket isn't too bad, even though the seats are pretty crappy. As I go through the ordering process, I get to find out what those extra fees are for:

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The term "convenience fee" has always cracked me up. I have no clue what it means. Oh well, on with the ordering process. Now, how I go about actually getting my tickets:

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$2.50 to be able to PRINT my tickets?!? That's insane! And $3.00 to be able to pick up my tickets at Will Call? Come on! Luckily there is one free shipping option (Standard Mail) so that's the one I go with, especially considering the concert is still 3+ weeks away.

Finally get through all the information pages and get to the final checkout page when I run into this:

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$5.10 Processing Fee!?! Why am I being charged another fee? What were the other fees I was already paying? So my two $10.65 tickets are now costing me over $35, I wasn't counting on that. Still not an awful deal, but also not what I was expecting.

So finally finishing my order and I get presented with one last great offer:

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I happily decline this joke of an offer and give Ticketmaster my $35.10. It didn't even pop in my mind until later that I should have gone to the ticket office and tried to buy the tickets there without having to pay all these fees, but it's too late for that now (and I'm not even sure if it would have worked).

So, is this a reality in today's world now? Whenever you're buying tickets to a concert or event, are you slammed with meaningless fees? Or is this just a Ticketmaster thing?




So I almost never go to concerts, I don't think I've been to a paid concert in over 5 years. Anyway, today on the radio, one of the local radio stations was selling tickets to Brit Floyd (a Pink Floyd cover band) for $10.65 for today only. That sounded like a pretty decent deal, so I figured if I could talk my girlfriend into going, I'd treat myself to the tickets. She said OK, so I went about ordering the tickets.

Right away, I'm presented with this:

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Well, there goes the $10.65 price. Oh well, $15 per ticket isn't too bad, even though the seats are pretty crappy. As I go through the ordering process, I get to find out what those extra fees are for:

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The term "convenience fee" has always cracked me up. I have no clue what it means. Oh well, on with the ordering process. Now, how I go about actually getting my tickets:

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$2.50 to be able to PRINT my tickets?!? That's insane! And $3.00 to be able to pick up my tickets at Will Call? Come on! Luckily there is one free shipping option (Standard Mail) so that's the one I go with, especially considering the concert is still 3+ weeks away.

Finally get through all the information pages and get to the final checkout page when I run into this:

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$5.10 Processing Fee!?! Why am I being charged another fee? What were the other fees I was already paying? So my two $10.65 tickets are now costing me over $35, I wasn't counting on that. Still not an awful deal, but also not what I was expecting.

So finally finishing my order and I get presented with one last great offer:

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I happily decline this joke of an offer and give Ticketmaster my $35.10. It didn't even pop in my mind until later that I should have gone to the ticket office and tried to buy the tickets there without having to pay all these fees, but it's too late for that now (and I'm not even sure if it would have worked).

So, is this a reality in today's world now? Whenever you're buying tickets to a concert or event, are you slammed with meaningless fees? Or is this just a Ticketmaster thing?
Just ticketmaster they charge you a lot for tickets.

I just bought tickets to go to see Iron Maiden with me and a couple of friends.

Tickets were sold out for the pit area so I was okay with getting the next best tickets as I didn't care where I am I just want to see my favorite band for once. The non pit tickets were 80 and for some reason I was being charged 122 even though my section of seats were supposed to be 80 I was like whatever and I ordered them and those fees came out and were a lot. I ordered a cheap 40 dollar ticket for a friend and with all that is should of came out to be like 280 but came out to be almost 310.
just go to a bar and listen to up an coming band.
It gives them some money and makes you look like you know something.
Fuck these cover bands. c'mon.
That's pretty incredible. I especially like how they sequentially keep tacking them on so just when you think you're done with the surprise fees BAM there's another one.
I would never have bought those tickets with all those rip off fees.
Wow, I have been used to seeing ridiculous fees on ticket buying, but the printing and protection fees/offers are a first for me!

I don't go to many events that require tickets, maybe one or two a year. However, I've always wondered myself why there are so many fees on the tickets. It's worse when tickets cost in the $50-100 range. Me and my girlfriend went to see some big shows the last few years, and ticket fees for like a $50-60 ticket ended up being $10-20 in fees.... It quickly skyrocketed the entry price from $100 to $150 or so. Not very pleasant.

And convenience fees... lol, you should be paying me for your convenience of being able to do this online!
@diazt - Ouch, $122 for an $80 ticket, that's rough.

@4nik8tor - I fucking hate live music in bars, and honestly couldn't care less about "up and coming bands". I'm not that in to music, I just like listening to the hits I hear on the radio. Cover band should take care of that real well for me.

@handsomepete - Yeah, they definitely keep tacking on the fees sequentially, hoping you don't notice how many they've tacked on.

@Neoreloaded313 - I definitely considered not buying them. I hate spending money on things I don't agree with, in this case unfair fees. It really shouldn't be acceptable.

@the_grimace - 100% agree with you on everything. They really just need to build these fees into the ticket prices. Ticket prices are already way too high for most events. And convenience fee, that's total BS.
Lol I fucking hate places that sell tickets. They are the ultimate money grubbers
You know what I recommend for concert or live shows. I'd recommend going to either the venue or the website to buy the tickets sometimes they will be selling them without any fees. I've done it for plenty of shows around me.
My guess is that the radio station you were listening to was 106.5 so they offered a ridiculous special price that falls in line with their station number of $10.65. So inorder to not lose too much money, they tack on fees.

I don't like lowball prices + hidden fees. I would have cancelled the transaction, but that is just me. Most times you can buy tickets at the box office without the fees.