Concert Tickets - What a Headache
Right away, I'm presented with this:
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:
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:
$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:
$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:
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?