Bag of Randomness for Thursday, January 11, 2017

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3 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Thursday, January 11, 2017

  1. James J says:

    Woody will always be Woody from Cheers to me.
    You are correct, anything Howard Hughes is fascinating. Lots of germs out there!
    Yes Zooey D pulls them off perfectly.

  2. Nathan says:

    I bought tix for the NYC show in June. Here were the fees:

    "Service Fee" = $22.60/tkt
    "Facility Charge" = $5.00/tkt
    "Processing Fee" $4.75/order

    + Actual ticket price + parking.

    I understand that TicketMaster needs to get paid for facilitating the sale of the ticket, but these fees are unconscionable and unjustified. TicketMaster is not printing or mailing a paper ticket; they're merely facilitating an electronic transaction between the buyer, venue, and artist. When you multiply these fees by the number of concertgoers, you get crazy profits. For example, based on the fees I paid, TicketMaster is making ~$1.7m IN ADDITION to the already-high price of the tickets, per night, per venue, all tour long. That's ~$40m just for this leg of this tour. I'd love to see their profit margins! They have a monopoly on the market so if you want to see a concert you have to pay their fees.

    Thanks for letting me vent. I will enjoy the show, but right now I'm feeling the sting of market monopolies.

  3. Bryan says:

    I ended up with section 228 at AT&T from today's presale. I was pretty happy with it even if it meant plunking down a little over $400 for 3 tickets (I'm including the fee to buy into the presale).

    I went to one of the Madison Square Gardens shows in July 2015 and they also advertised that you would need the credit card used for the purchase for entry. However, I received an email containing a link to print the tickets within a week and the credit card entry was nowhere to be seen at the show. I went to the Coldplay show at AT&T in August and they were discouraging hard tickets in lieu of electronic copies.

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