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2013-03-19 08:01:19 PM
For now.

/Stupid gubmint making new laws
 
2013-03-19 08:06:05 PM
This is hollow victory at best. It will cost ticketmaster a bit to buy off the right officials, but it will happen and they will get an exemption.
 
2013-03-19 08:08:19 PM
oh that law is gonna get changed REAL fast!
 
2013-03-19 08:13:26 PM
There should be a fee cap as a percentage of the face value of the ticket. I've literally paid a $5 fee on a $7 ticket. Make it so that you can't charge more than 30% of ticket value or something, fees are ridiculous right now.
 
2013-03-19 08:18:44 PM

nmrsnr: There should be a fee cap as a percentage of the face value of the ticket. I've literally paid a $5 fee on a $7 ticket. Make it so that you can't charge more than 30% of ticket value or something, fees are ridiculous right now.


Really?  You didn't figuratively pay that amount.
Looks like you don't know that they have the same cost regardless of whether they literally sell a $10 ticket or figuratively literally sell a $100 ticket.
 
2013-03-19 08:21:13 PM

tenpoundsofcheese: nmrsnr: There should be a fee cap as a percentage of the face value of the ticket. I've literally paid a $5 fee on a $7 ticket. Make it so that you can't charge more than 30% of ticket value or something, fees are ridiculous right now.

Really?  You didn't figuratively pay that amount.
Looks like you don't know that they have the same cost regardless of whether they literally sell a $10 ticket or figuratively literally sell a $100 ticket.


When people misuse the word literally it figuratively drives me insane.
 
2013-03-19 08:32:13 PM

EvilEgg: tenpoundsofcheese: nmrsnr: There should be a fee cap as a percentage of the face value of the ticket. I've literally paid a $5 fee on a $7 ticket. Make it so that you can't charge more than 30% of ticket value or something, fees are ridiculous right now.

Really?  You didn't figuratively pay that amount.
Looks like you don't know that they have the same cost regardless of whether they literally sell a $10 ticket or figuratively literally sell a $100 ticket.

When people misuse the word literally it figuratively drives me insane.


when people become petulant pedants over what is now the common usage of a term, i stab someone.
 
2013-03-19 08:34:52 PM

tenpoundsofcheese: Really?  You didn't figuratively pay that amount.


Yes, literally. As in, I ordered a $7 ticket for some show, and then I actually paid a $5 surcharge on that ticket. One uses the word "literally" in order to demonstrate that you are not being hyperbolic, when someone might otherwise assume exaggeration.

EvilEgg: When people misuse the word literally it figuratively drives me insane.


Even when used correctly?
 
2013-03-19 08:38:23 PM
What they literally should do is only charge 50 cents service fee for the ticket.

They should then literally charge an optional fee for the delivery of the ticket, say $10-12.
If you don't want to literally pay that, you can pick up your ticket at the Ticketmaster office that is figuratively in Alaska between the hours of 10-11am.
 
2013-03-19 08:42:13 PM

nmrsnr: tenpoundsofcheese: Really?  You didn't figuratively pay that amount.

Yes, literally. As in, I ordered a $7 ticket for some show, and then I actually paid a $5 surcharge on that ticket. One uses the word "literally" in order to demonstrate that you are not being hyperbolic, when someone might otherwise assume exaggeration.


Didn't you mean to say "literally" not "actually"?
Or are you being figurative?

First you said it was a "fee", then you changed your story and said it was a "surcharge".

Moving the goalposts much?  Do you have any proof that you literally paid this fee, I mean surcharge?
 
2013-03-19 08:45:58 PM

tenpoundsofcheese: nmrsnr: tenpoundsofcheese: Really?  You didn't figuratively pay that amount.

Yes, literally. As in, I ordered a $7 ticket for some show, and then I actually paid a $5 surcharge on that ticket. One uses the word "literally" in order to demonstrate that you are not being hyperbolic, when someone might otherwise assume exaggeration.

Didn't you mean to say "literally" not "actually"?
Or are you being figurative?

First you said it was a "fee", then you changed your story and said it was a "surcharge".

Moving the goalposts much?  Do you have any proof that you literally paid this fee, I mean surcharge?


Stop posting now.
 
2013-03-19 08:48:54 PM

cameroncrazy1984: Stop posting now.


I'm honestly not sure what he's trying to do with his posts.
 
2013-03-19 08:49:03 PM

cameroncrazy1984: tenpoundsofcheese: nmrsnr: tenpoundsofcheese: Really?  You didn't figuratively pay that amount.

Yes, literally. As in, I ordered a $7 ticket for some show, and then I actually paid a $5 surcharge on that ticket. One uses the word "literally" in order to demonstrate that you are not being hyperbolic, when someone might otherwise assume exaggeration.

Didn't you mean to say "literally" not "actually"?
Or are you being figurative?

First you said it was a "fee", then you changed your story and said it was a "surcharge".

Moving the goalposts much?  Do you have any proof that you literally paid this fee, I mean surcharge?

Stop posting now.


No.
Not sure who you think you are to make such a demand.
 
2013-03-19 08:52:54 PM

nmrsnr: cameroncrazy1984: Stop posting now.

I'm honestly not sure what he's trying to do with his posts.


He made the mistake of posting in a thread where he can't use GOP talking points and now doesn't know what to do.
 
2013-03-19 08:54:05 PM

GAT_00: nmrsnr: cameroncrazy1984: Stop posting now.

I'm honestly not sure what he's trying to do with his posts.

He made the mistake of posting in a thread where he can't use GOP talking points and now doesn't know what to do.


Sounds about right. That, or he's been drinking.
 
2013-03-19 08:54:05 PM

nmrsnr: cameroncrazy1984: Stop posting now.

I'm honestly not sure what he's trying to do with his posts.


Get taken more seriously than he can by the people that literally know him.
 
2013-03-19 08:55:24 PM
What should have been a wonderful ticketmaster bashing thread was very quickly turned into a farkING INANE example of rotskying a thread. Thanks, FifteenPoundsofFail, you ass.
 
2013-03-19 08:56:00 PM
try buying tickets to cirque du soleil - same ripoff.
 
2013-03-19 08:56:44 PM
yeah, yeah, shoot the messenger.
Still no proof that this person literally paid $5 in fees surcharges for a $7 ticket.
 
2013-03-19 08:57:23 PM
You children better straighten up and stop acting like spoiled and bitter little infants or I will turn this thread around.
 
JVD
2013-03-19 08:58:01 PM
Whoa, what's wrong with Gin Blossoms...
 
2013-03-19 08:59:58 PM

JVD: Whoa, what's wrong with Gin Blossoms...


What you and your same sex partner choose to listen to when you're alone in your bedroom is nobody's business.
 
2013-03-19 09:00:11 PM

Acharne: What should have been a wonderful ticketmaster bashing thread was very quickly turned into a farkING INANE example of rotskying a thread. Thanks, FifteenPoundsofFail, you ass.


This. We should all be bashing Ticketmaster. I've been getting screwed by them for over 20 years now.
(which happens to be how long I've been buying concert and sporting event tickets)
 
2013-03-19 09:00:24 PM
The solution is simple. Just never buy from Ticketmaster or any other group charging crazy fees. You dont NEED to go to any event they sell tickets to and it would only take a boycott of a few months.

Obvioulsy it will NEVER happen because most people are dumb as rocks and need their WWF or Britney Spears fix.
 
2013-03-19 09:00:42 PM
Jackson Browne at the centre of a courtroom battle over money?

Listen... It's the mating calls of lawyers in love.

/a-hiiiiiiiiiiiiii
 
2013-03-19 09:01:07 PM
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-03-19 09:01:14 PM
I need to call my guys at Amazon about wiping out Ticketmaster.

There's no way in hell it costs $12 to transact a $52 ticket. Amazon could probably get it down to a consistent $3.99 per transaction, especially since there would be no physical product.
 
2013-03-19 09:01:17 PM

tenpoundsofcheese: yeah, yeah, shoot the messenger.
Still no proof that this person literally paid $5 in fees surcharges for a $7 ticket.


Here's a $4.28 fees/additional taxes on a 7 dollar ticket.

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1600488BEA418FB2?artistid=1054503& ma jorcatid=10003&minorcatid=23
 
2013-03-19 09:02:54 PM
I remember getting a $2 "booking fee" when I bought a ticket directly from a ticketmaster venue, when I had not booked in advance. Sure, it was only $2 but the spirit of that ripoff has stuck with me, and I will NEVAR FORGET.
 
2013-03-19 09:03:14 PM

cameroncrazy1984: GAT_00: nmrsnr: cameroncrazy1984: Stop posting now.

I'm honestly not sure what he's trying to do with his posts.

He made the mistake of posting in a thread where he can't use GOP talking points and now doesn't know what to do.

Sounds about right. That, or he's been drinking.


Drinking the rapeublican kool aid
 
2013-03-19 09:04:12 PM
fark ticketmaster.

Went to the venue to buy tickets to PointFest to avoid the fees and was made aware that the ticket stand was not run by the venue, but by ticketmaster so it was still subject to the service/convenience fee.
 
2013-03-19 09:04:43 PM
Charging a per-ticket fee is asinine. It should be one charge per transaction.

Also, why isn't it illegal to advertise a price, then tack on fees? Isn't that part of the price? Advertised price should include ALL fees that are mandatory and can't be opted out of.
 
2013-03-19 09:05:09 PM
I saved $60-65 on three pairs of tickets to three shows by getting them at the venue's box office.  Not out of my way to get there.  Not one penny over face value.  Not one of the performers is Jackson Browne.  I am clearly the winner.

/"Late For the Sky" is a great song, though
 
2013-03-19 09:05:31 PM

cameroncrazy1984: GAT_00: nmrsnr: cameroncrazy1984: Stop posting now.

I'm honestly not sure what he's trying to do with his posts.

He made the mistake of posting in a thread where he can't use GOP talking points and now doesn't know what to do.

Sounds about right. That, or he's been drinking.


I'm pretty *hic* sure every one in this thread is *hic* drinking about now *hic*
 
2013-03-19 09:05:43 PM
In this modern age where you can buy tickets online, print them out, and bring them to the show yourself, why do we even need Ticket Master anymore?  Why aren't there competitors springing up to eat into their monopoly?
 
2013-03-19 09:05:57 PM

12349876: tenpoundsofcheese: yeah, yeah, shoot the messenger.
Still no proof that this person literally paid $5 in fees surcharges for a $7 ticket.

Here's a $4.28 fees/additional taxes on a 7 dollar ticket.

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1600488BEA418FB2?artistid=1054503& ma jorcatid=10003&minorcatid=23


Pedophile alert!
 
2013-03-19 09:06:19 PM
Ticket master says that can't do business in Baltimore if they can't charge a 12 dollar service fee?  Really?  How much does it cost to run a website and produce an image for them to print off?  You could make a profit from just add revenue but it looks like greedy businessmen are more important then the people once again.
 
2013-03-19 09:06:40 PM

tenpoundsofcheese: cameroncrazy1984: tenpoundsofcheese: nmrsnr: tenpoundsofcheese: Really?  You didn't figuratively pay that amount.

Yes, literally. As in, I ordered a $7 ticket for some show, and then I actually paid a $5 surcharge on that ticket. One uses the word "literally" in order to demonstrate that you are not being hyperbolic, when someone might otherwise assume exaggeration.

Didn't you mean to say "literally" not "actually"?
Or are you being figurative?

First you said it was a "fee", then you changed your story and said it was a "surcharge".

Moving the goalposts much?  Do you have any proof that you literally paid this fee, I mean surcharge?

Stop posting now.

No.
Not sure who you think you are to make such a demand.


I have seen you post many times and for some reason I've never been compelled to say this until now.
Shut the fark up, you twat.
 
2013-03-19 09:07:07 PM

12349876: Here's a $4.28 fees/additional taxes on a 7 dollar ticket.


He will now counter with "that's literally not $5"
 
2013-03-19 09:07:18 PM
EvilEgg:
When people misuse the word literally it figuratively drives me insane.

Really?  I usually just hold a rational discussion with the Saturnian gnomes who live in my left shoe.

/note: yes, I know that they're really from one of the moons, no need to try to correct me
 
2013-03-19 09:07:25 PM
I think the big deal is the shock at checkout. If they displayed plainly what the fee is up front before you get deep into the process, like choosing seats, it might not be so bad.

I work for a company that essentially charges a fee on top of orders placed on (our clients') website. The $4.99 charge, especially on large orders barely covers the cost of processing the credit card (which we do, not the client) $12 is not insane, but it's definitely a shock at checkout.

Don't like it? Go stand in line at the box office like most people that show up to big events.
 
2013-03-19 09:07:43 PM
Don't care.  If I don't want to deal with ticket master ill go to the venue to buy tickets.  If I know there will be a giant line where I have to camp out or the venue is really far away, the surcharge is worth the hassle.

Though I barely go to concerts....and I do camp out for wrestling tickets..... *sad trombone*
 
2013-03-19 09:07:56 PM
As long as we're derailed...

...anyone else see TRENDING: Mislabelled Kazaa Downloads at the top?

This is trending?  Does Kazaa even still exist?  Welcome to 2003.
 
2013-03-19 09:08:33 PM
I got tickets to a show at the box office and had to pay a service charge. Whatever. I'm used to it now. Then the venue wanted to charge me an extra $7 to put it on my credit/debit card. I told her to forget it. Walked 20 steps to THEIR ATM that had no service charge because it was through my bank (and $5 if it wasn't) and had her start the process again.
 
2013-03-19 09:09:03 PM
On top of their other fees, WTF is a convenience fee? It's sure not convenient for me. And for some events, they charge an additional fee if I use my own printer and ink to print my own ticket, yet they'll mail me my ticket for free. Do I look stupid?

/the last one is a rhetorical question
 
2013-03-19 09:09:07 PM
CSB time.

We went to see Roller Derby in Des Moines last weekend.  (One of the girls ended up with her knee on backwards after a bad crash... God that was horrible... ) The tickets were like, ten bucks, and had an extra 20% fee on them, but it was going to local charities.  Under the circumstances, none of us minded that at all.

I wonder how much that distributor takes in if they're listed as a nonprofit?

/And Ticketmaster can go piss up a rope.
 
2013-03-19 09:09:07 PM

jonny_q: Go stand in line at the box office like most people that show up to big events.


Most people don't do that.
 
2013-03-19 09:09:15 PM
People pay for shows?  What an odd concept.  I usually am guest listed with privileges.  The last show was BB King.  I got to watch him perform from backstage.

/Sadly, he needs to retire.
//his drummer is an asshole
 
2013-03-19 09:09:40 PM
Airlines. The worst.
 
2013-03-19 09:12:01 PM

MagSeven: I got tickets to a show at the box office and had to pay a service charge. Whatever. I'm used to it now. Then the venue wanted to charge me an extra $7 to put it on my credit/debit card. I told her to forget it. Walked 20 steps to THEIR ATM that had no service charge because it was through my bank (and $5 if it wasn't) and had her start the process again.


rebel
 
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