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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
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2012-12-10 03:30:50 PM  
8 votes:
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 03:49:58 PM  
5 votes:
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 02:21:12 PM  
5 votes:
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 05:21:50 PM  
4 votes:

aevert: 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.


Same thing goes for Adam Sandler.
2012-12-10 05:00:02 PM  
3 votes:
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 04:59:55 PM  
3 votes:
I really wish they'd re-ad comments to that site so I could ridicule their posters again.
2012-12-10 03:56:27 PM  
3 votes:
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 03:54:56 PM  
3 votes:
I'd gladly pay $390 to see Elf today.
i232.photobucket.com
2012-12-10 03:49:21 PM  
3 votes:

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 05:29:17 PM  
2 votes:

Teknowaffle: 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.


The worst ones are the ones where none of the grown up believe in Santa but some kid believes really really hard and it turns out Santa is real.

Did no one notice shiat they didn't buy showing up for their kids every year?
2012-12-10 05:22:51 PM  
2 votes:

YouFarkingIdiot: An no, I'm not the dumbass who bought these tickets.


I think you got it correct. And HOLY FARK!! Who the hell would pay $600 to see Elf? I hope he got the mother of all BJ's in return for his gift.
2012-12-10 05:19:29 PM  
2 votes:

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.


Seems like actors and performers I don't normally like in any way turn out to be very good voice actors.

See also Ellen DeGeneres in Finding Nemo and to a lesser degree Sarah Silverman in Wreck-It Ralph. For sheer amusement points, Vin Diesel in The Iron Giant and Fergie in Peanuts.

Seth Rogan would be in there but the problem is that it's actually his voice I hate. He wasn't terrible in the Kung-Fu Panda movies but frankly that could have been anyone.
2012-12-10 05:07:23 PM  
2 votes:

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 05:06:18 PM  
2 votes:

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 05:05:52 PM  
2 votes:

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 04:59:43 PM  
2 votes:
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 04:57:35 PM  
2 votes:
"I have been trusting Google"

There's your problem.
2012-12-10 04:55:06 PM  
2 votes:

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 04:54:09 PM  
2 votes:

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 04:02:49 PM  
2 votes:

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 02:37:49 PM  
2 votes:

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 02:20:39 PM  
2 votes:
Submitter was so eager to get involved in the "consumerist bad" circlejerk, they didn't even read the article.
2012-12-10 06:06:12 PM  
1 vote:
When setting up computers for family or friends, or....after cleaning up one...
first thing I do is install a malware filter & ad blocker. Sorry for those that make
money with the ads on their sites, but a LOT of people are smart enough not to
click on the first thing they see, so the ad filters help keep my "hey, can you fix
my computer" phone calls WAY down.
2012-12-10 05:59:13 PM  
1 vote:

moothemagiccow: YouFarkingIdiot: 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.

(262.00+39.30) x 2 = 602.60
(96.00+10.00) x 2 = 212.00

602.60 - 212.00 = 390.60

An no, I'm not the dumbass who bought these tickets.

The real great part of this scam is the $15 shipping fee. He didn't even think that was part of the overpayment, but as he mentioned they were e-tickets, it was.


In defense of the complexity of the word problem:

FTA:

Three days later I get my tickets in the mail and realize they are just printed out e-tickets... 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.

he said, all i got was an e-ticket... the price of the e-ticket was $96 + $10 = $106.

So, when he said he paid $262, stuff already started to get a little fuzzy. then he says he overpaid $390, and now we've just pulled out some other bananas. 

/ i remember, I had the lasagna
2012-12-10 05:56:29 PM  
1 vote:
I've on several occasions seen ridiculously priced tickets to events that are not sold out and thought "what kind of an idiot would buy those tickets?"
I guess this answers that question.
2012-12-10 05:46:17 PM  
1 vote:

Happy Hours: WTF is "Elf"?

I should write to the Consumerist. There's an online game I play. I just sold an $85 million weapon to someone for $500 because I farked up. I meant to put it on the market for 500 fuel not $500. Fuel sells for about $10 million - would have been quite a deal if someone had paid that much, but I sold it for $500!

Argh! OH well - it should be fun to see what the guy does with it. He's level 6. I'm level 800-something. My mistake - fair deal. I sold it for $500. he'd just better spill some blood with it.


You sound like a geek.
2012-12-10 05:44:16 PM  
1 vote:

YouFarkingIdiot: 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.

(262.00+39.30) x 2 = 602.60
(96.00+10.00) x 2 = 212.00

602.60 - 212.00 = 390.60

An no, I'm not the dumbass who bought these tickets.


The real great part of this scam is the $15 shipping fee. He didn't even think that was part of the overpayment, but as he mentioned they were e-tickets, it was.
2012-12-10 05:37:23 PM  
1 vote:
And yet, he thought $262 + $39.30 was reasonable, at least until he found out about the cheaper price...
2012-12-10 05:31:39 PM  
1 vote:
I don't care what you farkers say, I like Elf.
2012-12-10 05:26:54 PM  
1 vote:
I mean, he paid it, right? He thought that's what the tickets were worth. Basically every purchase I make comes with a "but man, I wish I could have paid less" thought.
2012-12-10 05:16:50 PM  
1 vote:
Stranger than Fiction was pretty alright too.
2012-12-10 05:16:45 PM  
1 vote:

hej: 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/


As someone who despises mayo, that picture almost made me throw up.
2012-12-10 05:15:56 PM  
1 vote:

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.


(262.00+39.30) x 2 = 602.60
(96.00+10.00) x 2 = 212.00

602.60 - 212.00 = 390.60

An no, I'm not the dumbass who bought these tickets.
2012-12-10 05:12:49 PM  
1 vote:

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 05:10:32 PM  
1 vote:

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.
hej
2012-12-10 05:09:49 PM  
1 vote:
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 05:09:08 PM  
1 vote:
25.media.tumblr.com
2012-12-10 05:03:14 PM  
1 vote:
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 05:00:28 PM  
1 vote:

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 04:58:15 PM  
1 vote:

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 04:55:43 PM  
1 vote:

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 04:55:21 PM  
1 vote:
Actually this just seems like normal ticketmaster charges to me.
( The prices mentioned in FTA not on the headline )
2012-12-10 04:52:57 PM  
1 vote:
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 04:51:42 PM  
1 vote:
What should I do?

BEND OVER!
2012-12-10 04:33:42 PM  
1 vote:
That would almost cover my surprise vet visit this week.

Stop eating the damned Poinsettias, you imbecile!
2012-12-10 02:44:49 PM  
1 vote:

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.
 
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