Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Those wonderful people at Ticketmaster

My older daughter wanted a ticket to see a band called Mindless Self Indulgence. The ticket cost $22. Unfortunately, the only way to buy a ticket was through Ticketmaster. I've used them before, always with reluctance and distaste, but these days their outrageous costs seem to have gone from bad to criminal. By the time I was finished paying all their fees ($8.00+ "convenience fee," $5.00+ "service fee"), charges and taxes the ticket ran $38.58. If I had purchased their $6.00 ticket insurance the total would have been more than twice the cost of the ticket. I felt like I had borrowed money from a Mafia loan shark by the time the dust had settled. Is it any wonder they're called Ticket Bastards?

2 comments:

George said...

A friend of mine bought tickets online for the Yankees vs. the Blue Jays in Toronto this summer. He was hit with a $10 "handling fee" per ticket plus a $48 "access charge" for the "convenience" of buying the tickets on the Internet! What a scam!

WNelWeb said...

Amazing what some companies can get away with, isn't it? And we let 'em do it!
What happened to you should be criminal. It is certainly reprehensible.
Pax,
N.