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(The Consumerist)   Dear Consumerist: Because I didn't know how to block Google ads and didn't do an ounce of research before making my purchase, I overpaid $390 for tickets to see Elf. What should I do?   (consumerist.com) divider line 148
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2012-12-10 02:20:39 PM
Submitter was so eager to get involved in the "consumerist bad" circlejerk, they didn't even read the article.
 
2012-12-10 02:21:12 PM
My wife's favorite movie is Elf, after hearing they had a musical and it was being shown in my area I decided to look into getting tickets.

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

My wife's favorite movie is Elf
 
2012-12-10 02:37:49 PM

Jackson Herring: Submitter was so eager to get involved in the "consumerist bad" circlejerk, they didn't even read the article.


It's not a circlejerk if it's true.

It's an awesome gangbang.
 
2012-12-10 02:41:55 PM

scottydoesntknow: My wife's favorite movie is Elf, after hearing they had a musical and it was being shown in my area I decided to look into getting tickets.

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

My wife's favorite movie is Elf


That's not even a good Christmas movie. Hell, that not even a good Wil Ferrel movie.
 
2012-12-10 02:44:49 PM

Quasar: scottydoesntknow: My wife's favorite movie is Elf, after hearing they had a musical and it was being shown in my area I decided to look into getting tickets.

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

That's not even a good Christmas movie. Hell, that not even a good Wil Ferrel movie.


It does have a cameo from Ralphie from A Christmas Story, so it has that going for it.

/I have always thought the best Christmas movies involve no magic bullshiat.
 
2012-12-10 03:30:50 PM
FTFA: Yes, fine print declares those top results to be ads, and they're on a pale yellow background instead of a white one.

When Consumerist mocks your ineptitude, just unplug your computer and move to a compound in Montana.
 
2012-12-10 03:49:21 PM

Teknowaffle: /I have always thought the best Christmas movies involve no magic bullshiat.


Love Actually is a pretty good one. We watch it every year.
 
2012-12-10 03:49:58 PM
The question is -if you felt it was worth the ticket price at $390 does it make it worth less to you knowing that other people paid less? In other words does it detract from the performance? No, then enjoy the show.
 
2012-12-10 03:54:56 PM
I'd gladly pay $390 to see Elf today.
i232.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-10 03:56:27 PM
If you're concerned enough to e-mail consumerist, shouldn't you have been concerned enough to click a few more links to do some price comparison prior to buying?
 
2012-12-10 04:02:49 PM

Quasar: scottydoesntknow: My wife's favorite movie is Elf, after hearing they had a musical and it was being shown in my area I decided to look into getting tickets.

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

That's not even a good Christmas movie. Hell, that not even a good Wil Ferrel movie.


I knew a girl who really liked Elf.

I can't even *remember* anything from Elf.

/Anyway, Die Hard is the greatest Christmas movie
 
2012-12-10 04:33:42 PM
That would almost cover my surprise vet visit this week.

Stop eating the damned Poinsettias, you imbecile!
 
2012-12-10 04:51:42 PM
What should I do?

BEND OVER!
 
2012-12-10 04:52:54 PM
Somebody got Scrgoogled Link
 
2012-12-10 04:52:57 PM
Ahh the typical Consumerist article that can be summed up quite simply "Caveat emptor, dolticus"

/I can't criticize his wife's taste in movies, my fav movie of all time is Real Men.
 
2012-12-10 04:53:36 PM

scottydoesntknow: My wife's favorite movie is Elf, after hearing they had a musical and it was being shown in my area I decided to look into getting tickets.

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

My wife's favorite movie is Elf


My wife's favorite movie is Alf.
 
2012-12-10 04:54:09 PM

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Quasar: scottydoesntknow: My wife's favorite movie is Elf, after hearing they had a musical and it was being shown in my area I decided to look into getting tickets.

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

That's not even a good Christmas movie. Hell, that not even a good Wil Ferrel movie.

I knew a girl who really liked Elf.

I can't even *remember* anything from Elf.


/Anyway, Die Hard is the greatest Christmas movie



I can: 

www.freewebs.com
 
2012-12-10 04:54:57 PM
Most of Elf's stuff was pretty good, but that Ballad of Horace Wimp...seriously?
 
2012-12-10 04:55:06 PM

Quasar: That's not even a good Christmas movie. Hell, that not even a good Wil Ferrel movie.


There is no good Will Ferrell movie appearance in anything ever.
His best performance was Megamind.
 
2012-12-10 04:55:21 PM
Actually this just seems like normal ticketmaster charges to me.
( The prices mentioned in FTA not on the headline )
 
2012-12-10 04:55:43 PM

Krymson Tyde: I'd gladly pay $390 to see Elf today.
[i232.photobucket.com image 300x233]


Man, I'd pay that as well to bring Dio back from the dead.

Twice that if he went on tour with Ritchie Blackmore again.
 
2012-12-10 04:55:43 PM
I would pay $390 to be guaranteed I would never have to sit through a theatrical musical version of Elf.

/Dr Zaius Dr Zaius Dr ZaiusDr Zaius Dr ZaiusDr Zaius o-o-Dr Zaius
 
2012-12-10 04:56:50 PM
I would have thought the visit would be to the neuroproctologist . For the annual nasalprostate exam.
 
2012-12-10 04:57:35 PM

scottydoesntknow: My wife's favorite movie is Elf, after hearing they had a musical and it was being shown in my area I decided to look into getting tickets.

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

My wife's favorite movie is Elf


Are the kids grown up? If not, home schooling might be a bad idea.
 
2012-12-10 04:57:35 PM
"I have been trusting Google"

There's your problem.
 
2012-12-10 04:58:15 PM

Bacontastesgood: I would pay $390 to be guaranteed I would never have to sit through a theatrical musical version of Elf.

/Dr Zaius Dr Zaius Dr ZaiusDr Zaius Dr ZaiusDr Zaius o-o-Dr Zaius


I would pay $5 a month if I never had to see another Consumerist link on Fark.

\OK, no I wouldn't
 
2012-12-10 04:59:43 PM
Ticket price on the E-ticket is $96, service fee of $10, for a total of $106. I paid $262, service fee $39.30, shipping $15. Without shipping I over paid $390.60.

Okay, I can't follow the math. Where did he overpay $390? I can see about $40 of over pay.

/I have bought box seats in the Winspear Opera House before.
 
2012-12-10 04:59:55 PM
I really wish they'd re-ad comments to that site so I could ridicule their posters again.
 
2012-12-10 05:00:02 PM
If you have enough money to even consider paying that much for tickets to elf, you deserve to have to pay that much.
 
2012-12-10 05:00:07 PM

Quasar: That's not even a good Christmas movie. Hell, that not even a good Wil Ferrel movie.


is there such a thing? TBS, TNT, FX one of them has been running a bunch of his stuff the last week or so. man is it bad. seriously horrible. without any redeeming features whatsoever.
 
2012-12-10 05:00:28 PM

scottydoesntknow: My wife's favorite movie is Elf, after hearing they had a musical and it was being shown in my area I decided to look into getting tickets.

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

My wife's favorite movie is Elf


I came here to say this. Poor bastard. Poor dumb bastard. But, he's a moron too. They are probably very happy together, despite her appalling taste in films.
 
2012-12-10 05:03:14 PM
Dear Consumerist:

I am stupid and entitled, and don't wish to bear the consequences of my greed and/or poor judgement. Please browbeat this retailer into absorbing the cost of my own idiocy.

Sincerely,

Every Person Who Has Ever Written To Consumerist
 
2012-12-10 05:04:33 PM

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Quasar: scottydoesntknow: My wife's favorite movie is Elf, after hearing they had a musical and it was being shown in my area I decided to look into getting tickets.

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

That's not even a good Christmas movie. Hell, that not even a good Wil Ferrel movie.

I knew a girl who really liked Elf.

I can't even *remember* anything from Elf.

/Anyway, Die Hard is the greatest Christmas movie


No, Gremlins was the greatest Christmas movie ever.

/Maybe followed by the Grinch, but that is because the spirit of Christmas is Vengeance.
 
2012-12-10 05:05:52 PM

Quasar: scottydoesntknow: My wife's favorite movie is Elf, after hearing they had a musical and it was being shown in my area I decided to look into getting tickets.

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

That's not even a good Christmas movie. Hell, that not even a good Wil Ferrel movie.


There are no good Will Ferrell movies.
 
2012-12-10 05:06:18 PM

OSULugan: If you're concerned enough to e-mail consumerist, shouldn't you have been concerned enough to click a few more links to do some price comparison prior to buying?


Exactly. If your first thought is that it seems a little expensive (as the OP said), then why wouldn't you do some shopping around to see if you could get it cheaper? Typical Consumerist reader.
 
2012-12-10 05:06:39 PM

had98c: Ahh the typical Consumerist article that can be summed up quite simply "Caveat emptor, dolticus"

/I can't criticize his wife's taste in movies, my fav movie of all time is Real Men.


a1.ec-images.myspacecdn.com
 
2012-12-10 05:07:23 PM

drjekel_mrhyde: Somebody got Scrgoogled Link


bing sucks donkey dick. it wouldn't have three users if MS didn't bundle it with all their other stuff. it's the IE for the 21st century. what really annoys me about bing is the way MS has it set as the default in places you wouldn't expect it. there you are happily searching with google and by mistake you type in the address bar --- HA GOTCHA bing pops up. with crappy results i might add.
 
2012-12-10 05:09:07 PM
Roger Waters THE WALL was playing in our city. My friends girlfriend told me she'd buy our tickets and I'd just have to pay her back.

$100 bucks on Ticketmaster got you floor seats at the KFC Yum! Center

She bought $97 tickets.

We sat 2 seats from the very last row, ZZ, on the third tier. Those tickets were like $30 bucks.

Never again...
 
2012-12-10 05:09:08 PM
25.media.tumblr.com
 
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2012-12-10 05:09:49 PM
Found this little gem after this thread reminded me to look at the Consumerist homepage.

http://consumerist.com/2012/12/10/dont-bother-subways-sandwich-artis ts -right-before-closing-or-youll-end-up-with-this-mess/
 
2012-12-10 05:10:32 PM

wildcardjack: Ticket price on the E-ticket is $96, service fee of $10, for a total of $106. I paid $262, service fee $39.30, shipping $15. Without shipping I over paid $390.60.

Okay, I can't follow the math. Where did he overpay $390? I can see about $40 of over pay.

/I have bought box seats in the Winspear Opera House before.


i was trying to figure the math too... some how this article created ambiguity regarding the price he paid and the correct price of the tickets.
 
2012-12-10 05:12:01 PM
Quasar:That's not even a good Christmas movie. Hell, that not even a good Wil Ferrel movie.

There's no such thing as a good Will Ferrell movie.
 
2012-12-10 05:12:09 PM

rufus-t-firefly: [25.media.tumblr.com image 850x566]


You can always tell Jackie Stewart from the helmet.
 
2012-12-10 05:12:25 PM
I never realized how bad the ads in a Google search where until I got burned.

I got as far as the bold before I gave up on this guy. And what scottydoesntknow pointed out above only makes it so much worse.
 
2012-12-10 05:12:49 PM

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Quasar: scottydoesntknow: My wife's favorite movie is Elf, after hearing they had a musical and it was being shown in my area I decided to look into getting tickets.

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

That's not even a good Christmas movie. Hell, that not even a good Wil Ferrel movie.

I knew a girl who really liked Elf.

I can't even *remember* anything from Elf.

/Anyway, Die Hard is the greatest Christmas movie


Actually, if you want to see a particularly AWESOME Christmas movie and don't mind subtitles, catch the Finnish film Rare Exports. It's my new favorite.
 
2012-12-10 05:12:58 PM

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: /Anyway, Die Hard is the greatest Christmas movie

 
2012-12-10 05:13:04 PM

Quasar: scottydoesntknow: My wife's favorite movie is Elf, after hearing they had a musical and it was being shown in my area I decided to look into getting tickets.

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

My wife's favorite movie is Elf

That's not even a good Christmas movie. Hell, that not even a good Wil Ferrel movie.


Wait, you mean there are GOOD Will Ferrell movies? Since when?
 
2012-12-10 05:13:11 PM

highendmighty: Quasar: That's not even a good Christmas movie. Hell, that not even a good Wil Ferrel movie.

There is no good Will Ferrell movie appearance in anything ever.
His best performance was Megamind.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

!!

Yeah for the most part he's just a silly character that SHOULDN'T be a title role. I mean, Monroe in Too Close For Comfort was a memorable, endearing character- but I wouldn't watch a Monroe-based movie.
 
2012-12-10 05:14:13 PM
Who the fark doesnt comparison shop at least a handful of sites?
 
2012-12-10 05:14:54 PM
Bad Santa is the greatest xmas movie. Oh and people at work get burned by google ads too because they don't pay attention. Some lady looking for Netgear support paid $40 for a guy to use teamviewer and "fix" the problem. Another guy was having problems with Kaspersky so I told him get the Kaspersy removal tool. Another $40 and some Indian guy claiming his computer has hundreds of errors.
 
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