Ticketmaster is a dick

The Foo Fighters are playing in Toronto in August, and a few friends and I want to go. Tickets don’t officially go on sale until tomorrow, but there are a few presale promotions available, and I figured I’d take advantage of that to beat the rush. So I go to the Ticketmaster website and look for tickets, find what I’m looking for and go to the checkout area of the site. The particular tickets I selected are $22.50. However, there is also a “facility surcharge” of $3.75, which I assume is implemented by the Molson Amphitheatre (the venue of the concert). Also, Ticketmaster slaps on their $9.00 “convenience charge” which sucks, considering it is almost half the cost of the ticket.

Furthermore, Ticketmaster has an option where they email you your tickets and you print them out yourself. For this “TicketFast” option, they charge you an extra $2.50. Emailing the tickets is an automated process, and doesn’t require any human intervention, plus you print out the tickets yourself… The only reason Ticketmaster would charge you for this is to make even more money than they are already making on each sale. If I instead chose to pick up tickets at my local Ticketmaster outlet, I wouldn’t have to pay any additional charge, even though an employee would have to wait on me and print out my ticket. If I chose to have the tickets mailed to me, it would cost nothing extra, despite the fact that they would have to print off a ticket and pay mailing costs. I guess they charge me $2.50 for the convenience of printing out my own ticket. Bastards.

I’m definitely not the only one to dislike Ticketmaster. A quick Google search proves this. I seem to recall Pearl Jam trying to go on tour without Ticketmaster’s help a few years back, but I’m not sure how well that worked out for them. Ticketmaster has a monopoly on the event ticket industry, and I for one think it is horrible. The bottom line is that Ticketmaster sucks hard.

7 thoughts on “Ticketmaster is a dick

  1. I couldn’t agree more. $2.50 to print your ticket what the hills of hell is that? That’s like going to McDonalds and them saying “Would you like to pay an extra $2.50 to cook your own damn meal, while we take a nap in the back?”

  2. Yup, i hate ticketmaster too. I mean, its possible, that they’re using that $2.50 surcharge to pay off the development of the feature, and perhaps continue to develop the service, but you’d really think they had enough money to do that already….

  3. Yeah, I’ve never tried ticketmaster, so I can’t really make any comments regardignt he topic at hand. But what I will do is make a comment about your blogs!! ur a funny guy. We should hang out and smoke some…… real soon!!

    peace out mofo
    peter 😛

  4. I was trying to figure out if you’re supposed to floss before brushing, and google led me here. So thanks for the info – you can tell your friends that you are doing a great public service through your blog 🙂
    I too hate ticketmaster, a lot. I wanted to get some concert tickets and of course had to go through them. I almost didn’t want to go to the show because I didn’t want to buy the tickets through them. I wasn’t even sure why I hated them so much. So I googled them and found out that Pearl Jam actually cancelled some summer tour a while back due to their suckiness. This somehow validated my feelings of hatred. I saw on the ticketmaster website that they had an outlet at a couple Tower Record stores in town, but there were no associated phone numbers. I called Tower Records and the helpful clerk (it sounded to me like I wasn’t the first person to call Tower asking about the ticketmaster outlet) told me that if i came in to buy the tickets in person at the ticketmaster outlet that the “convenience” charge may be less, but he couldn’t say how much less, and he added that you can’t actually call the ticketmaster outlet. I called ticketmaster and they were equally vague. So for the hell of it, and because i hate them so much, I went to the outlet, hoping to be able to give them at least a couple bucks less. I ended up paying the same amount for the “convenience” charge as if I had ordered the tickets online or by phone. They really suck.

  5. Ticketmaster bites, I am pinging my elected reps as hard as I can, this is abuse by a monopoly. $10.30 in “fees” is bullshit.

    Tickets (Edgefest 2005 featuring Social Distortion)
    FULL PRICE ALL AGES TICKET US $30.00 x 1
    Total Building Facility Charge(s) US $3.00 x 1
    Total Convenience Charge(s) US $4.00 x 1
    Order Processing Charge(s) US $3.30
    Standard Mail No Charge

    TOTAL CHARGES US $40.30

  6. WORLD SERIES IS NOT REAL FOR THE PEOPLE OF CHICAGO. I WAS KICKED OUT OF LINE, THROUGH NO FAULT OF MY OWN, AND WENT FROM (4) FOUR TICKETS TO NONE IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE. FUCK YOU TICKETMASTER IN THE WORST WAY. REINSDORF MAY NEED TO BE ON THAT SHELF TOO. HOW DARE YOU LET THESE BITCHES TREAT THE PLACE YOU MAKE A LIVING WITH SUCH DISREGARD.

    MAD AS FUCK.

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