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Old 06-19-03, 10:20 PM
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Ticketmaster--where's the outrage?

Okay--it's been a while since I've been to a concert. Last one was Wheat, Bleu, and Toad the Wet Sprocket at Myrtle Beach in March, I believe, but tix were paid for by my inlaws--before that, oh, I don't even recall--probably GWAR or Pop Will Eat Itself, shows where the parking fee is almost as much as the door price, and where you don't sit down till you get back in your car.
But out of curiousity, I looked up to see Huey Lewis was playing here in August. I saw him way back in 89 or 90, and wouldn't mind seeing him again.
So: checked out the prices on Ticketbastard, er, master.com...
Looks like the only seats left are actually seats, not lawn.
45.00 [for a band that has released 2 original albums in ten years.]
Plus 4.00 'Building Facility Charge,' whatever that is [I would think that falls under 'overhead,' and would be added into the ticket price.
Plus 9.15 [9.15!!] 'Convenience Charge.' For that much convenience, they need to play the concert in my backyard!
PLUS a minimum of 2.50 delivery--and that is for printing the tickets ON MY PRINTER! Actually, sorry, 'Standard Mail' is 'no additional charge' [how generous, they're giving me a stamp and an envelope.]

Again, I haven't been to a big, popular, stadium show since probably the second Lollapalooza, and I was a dumb kid with lots of disposable income at the time, but still---is it just me, or is that ridiculous? I'm surprised they don't tack on a charge for 'Internet Ticket Purchase Fee' since Ticketmaster has to host a website.

Is this a fluke, or is this about average? When did Ticketmaster and the venues get so obvious about their, um, 'servicing' us? Is there a reason for all these charges, other than 'they can'? And ironically, many venues now are named after companies who pay millions in sponsorship fees--which would help keep consumer's prices stable, I would have thought.

Oh, and I'm sure there's a charge for parking, and don't get thirsty or hungry at a show--we went one time, to a little hole in the wall, two beers cost 9.00 [one was a Foster's oilcan, but still.] The ticket to the show cost 8.00.

No wonder MP3 and P2P is so big nowadays--after seeing a concert, you can't afford to buy a CD. And I am a capitalist, and I don't begrudge someone making money off their talent or skills [hmm, how much does Mr Lewis and the News get of those ticket prices and fees?], but I'm also all for setting a fair price.

Am I just showing my crankiness here, or is this ridiculous? And yes, this was one random concert picked out, maybe it is not representative--I hope not. But I couldn't make myself buy tickets where there is total of a 29% surcharge [plus sales taxes, probably.]
Old 06-19-03, 10:44 PM
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I feel your pain. I see lots of shows, and there are lots I have to not go to, simply because I can't see paying 6+ bucks in charges on a 15 dollar ticket.. Makes seeing small bands expensive even.

Bands make their money on tours, not on their cds anymore.. Just shows you why...

I think ticketmaster is the worst, but that's life for now.
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I've been to hundreds of shows and never paid more than 5 - 10 bucks to get in. Well - back in the late 80's and early 90's, I went to the occasional New Order or REM or Depeche Mode concert, but back then Ticketmaster only charged a buck extra. I've also been to some Lalapalooza type shows (long before lalapalooza came around), Beastie Boys, etc... and had to use ticketmaster or Dillards Box Office or whatever - fee was only a buck. I remember that pissing me off. There's no way I'd pay that much to see a band.
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As stated earlier most of the money artists make comes from concerts (or soda commericials if you are a rapper and do not do concerts ). Record label employees take most of the album revenue.

The reason that a beer is nine dollars is the same reason that a soda is 5 dollars at a movie theatre. The owners of the actual venue see very little of the profit from the ticket sales. Therefore, they need to try to recoop money through concession stands and other "extras."

As for Ticketmaster, they are evil and should burn in hell. They are taking a huge percentage of money for doing almost nothing. I wish Pearl Jam could have stopped them, but I guess some monopolies are ok in the eyes of the FTC .
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This is why I love ticketweb.com
They service smaller clubs and venues (Bowery Ballroom here in NYC) and their service charge has never been more than $2 per ticket.

Now if only Radiohead could do a one month stand there to accomodate all the people who will see them at a Stadium show, there'd never be a reason to use Ticketbastard again.
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ticketweb.com? Never heard of them... I'll check that out.

Ticketmaster has caused me NOT to go to a lot of shows. Period.
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Maybe if some other bands would have shown some guts and backed up Pearl Jam in the mid-90's when they took on Ticketmaster, this wouldn't be happening.
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well, i should add that most shows I've been to didn't require the purchase of tickets.
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God, I hate TicketMaster and all their incidental charges.


by the way, dtcarson - I thought I was the only who gave a damn about Pop Will Eat Itself....
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The "building facility charge" sounds what like my local venue is doing. Instead of charging for parking, and gouging you for $5-$10 for each carload of 3 or 4 people, they instead charge $3-5 per person as a "convenience charge."

I'm sorry to hear about the high prices you're getting gouged for on Huey Lewis. For the last 2 years when he's hit the outdoor theater here, I was able to get free tix (well, free plus the $3 "building facility charge"). Amazingly enough, he's not performing anywhere in my state this summer.
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well, i should add that most shows I've been to didn't require the purchase of tickets.

That makes it even worse in comparison--I went to college in Athens, GA, and a 20-dollar stop at the ATM would get you in the door for one show, maybe even two; a couple beers at the show; a pizza on the way home, and still have change left over. Granted, some of these shows were Four Guys From Down The Street, but I did see some more well-known bands [well, well-known for alternative] for those prices, like GWAR, Rollins [both music and spoken word], Mojo Nixon, Run DMC, etc. [the Butthole Surfers played at one of those places the year before I got there : (] Plus, to me, a show where you are five feet from the stage is actually worth more than one where you are out in a lawn and need binoculars or tv monitors to see the singers. It's not the same, I've always loved smaller shows. In fact, my wife [girlfriend at the time] would use 'Well, we always go to your shows!' as an argument as to why we should plunk down 30 bucks to see someone--I would say, But the last five shows we went to didn't even cost that much in total! But we went anyway [Def Leppard, believe it or not, right after Slang came out. Pretty good, actually.]

12thmonkey: I've actually only been able to see them once, but it was one of the most awesome shows I've ever seen. Right up front, small [~1500 people] venue, incredibly energetic, plus the music, of course, kicks ass. I definitely tune in to Radio PWEI ; )

JestersTear: Unfortunately, in part due to the high prices, and those insulting charges, I won't be attending the show--so while I do miss out on a great show, Mr Lewis, the band, and Ticketbastard miss out on their money and my applause. But I'm sure someone will buy my tickets, so they won't notice a difference anyway....
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FYI, Ticketweb was bought by Ticketmaster.
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it's too bad politicians don't really care about their constituents. if ticketmaster isn't anti-trust i don't know what is.
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hey, what can you do? You want to see it, you pay the piper, I don't complain anymore, that's just how it is...Pearl Jam tried valiantly, but they alone could not change such a mammoth industry when nobody else would go with them...instead those spineless others (cough, REM) gave them a pat on the back and sent them on the way to be fed to the lions...I despise Ticketmaster too, but its too small on the governments lists of the things to do..they would rather keeping feeding big corporations (ticketmaster) coffers while the smucks get the leavings...oh yeah "trickle down"

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