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Thread started 09/18/18 6:52pm

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UPDATE:Class Action Lawsuit: 'I'm getting ripped off': A look inside Ticketmaster's price-hiking bag of tricks

https://www.cbc.ca/news/b...-1.4826914

Buying a ticket for Saturday's Bruno Mars concert in Toronto was probably never going to be cheap, but what many of the star's 17,000 fans who scored a seat might not realize is it wasn't just scalpers driving up prices.


A CBC News and Toronto Star investigation reveals how box-office behemoth Ticketmaster uses its own bag of tricks — which includes partnering with scalpers — to boost its profits at the expense of music fans.......



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Reply #1 posted 09/20/18 11:18am

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I am 100% positive that I have the answer to all these problems. I hope to one day be able to try it out in the real world.

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Reply #2 posted 09/20/18 4:28pm

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These days,I won’t pay a fortune to see anybody.My price limit is $100 or less.I love concerts,but the ticket price has to be reasonable.I refuse to pay scalper prices for *any* show smile and shame on Ticketmaster for their dirty tricks
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SoulAlive said:

These days,I won’t pay a fortune to see anybody.My price limit is $100 or less.I love concerts,but the ticket price has to be reasonable.I refuse to pay scalper prices for *any* show smile and shame on Ticketmaster for their dirty tricks


There are local musicians at small venues where tix are affordable.

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SoulAlive said:

These days,I won’t pay a fortune to see anybody.My price limit is $100 or less.I love concerts,but the ticket price has to be reasonable.I refuse to pay scalper prices for *any* show smile and shame on Ticketmaster for their dirty tricks

If the artist is coming to my city. I just go to the box office ahead of the actual day or week of the

show and purchase tickets and avoid Ticketmaster's ridiculous online processing fees. You know a lot of the old school acts you and I would go to see are far less than what a Bruno Mars or a Beyonce

would charge. I paid 86 dollars for 2 tickets to see Janet back in August. I'm glad it was outdoors

at an amphitheatre versus an indoor venue. The indoor venues tend to charge more as well.

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Reply #5 posted 09/21/18 12:45am

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SoulAlive said:

These days,I won’t pay a fortune to see anybody.My price limit is $100 or less.I love concerts,but the ticket price has to be reasonable.I refuse to pay scalper prices for *any* show smile and shame on Ticketmaster for their dirty tricks

If the artist is coming to my city. I just go to the box office ahead of the actual day or week of the

show and purchase tickets and avoid Ticketmaster's ridiculous online processing fees. You know a lot of the old school acts you and I would go to see are far less than what a Bruno Mars or a Beyonce

would charge. I paid 86 dollars for 2 tickets to see Janet back in August. I'm glad it was outdoors

at an amphitheatre versus an indoor venue. The indoor venues tend to charge more as well.

yep,it's wise to go the venue and purchase tickets there.They only charge you the price of the actual tickets and not all those ridiculous "service charges" that Ticketmaster adds on.And yeah,one advantage to seeing old school artists is the prices are much cheaper than the tickets to see a current "hot" artist like Beyonce.Plus,they have better music to perform anyway lol

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Reply #6 posted 09/21/18 7:39am

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I have bought almost every concert ticket through Ticketmaster since the god damn 1980s. I actually appreciate that there is a long standing brand I can rely on for reliable seating, consistant pricing, and customer service.

I think the service fee they charged was called a convenience fee at one time, and that's what they provide. You can go to them and not have to hunt down the venue or promoter.

I've never had them double charge my credit card, or mess up my seats, or had rude service.

I'd rather praise this institution. Ticketmaster gives me nothing but excitement in anticipation for a concert.

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SoulAlive said:

These days,I won’t pay a fortune to see anybody.My price limit is $100 or less.I love concerts,but the ticket price has to be reasonable.I refuse to pay scalper prices for *any* show smile and shame on Ticketmaster for their dirty tricks


When did you see Fleetwood Mac last? Or Madonna! My god, she is the queen of ticket sales. lol

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Reply #8 posted 09/22/18 11:45am

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UPDATE:

Ticketmaster secret scalper program targeted by class-action lawyers


Legal fights brew in Canada, U.S. over news box office giant profits from resale of millions of tickets

https://www.cbc.ca/news/b...-1.4834668



A U.S. law firm is seeking to launch a class-action lawsuit on behalf of fans who purchased inflated resale tickets through Ticketmaster, alleging the company runs a professional scalper program that may have violated consumer rights.

The effort by Hagens Berman follows a CBC News/Toronto Star investigation that found Ticketmaster representatives at a Las Vegas convention were recruiting professional scalpers to use a web-based sales tool called TradeDesk to resell millions of dollars in tickets.............

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RodeoSchro said:

I am 100% positive that I have the answer to all these problems. I hope to one day be able to try it out in the real world.

The answer would be personalized tickets. That would curb ticket scalper with a quickness. But that would mean effort. Effort no one wants to invest. That would also mean, that theys would have to take tickets back, should the patron not be able to attend the concert. Again hassle and (in their mind) possible loss of money.

But really, the problem is: Nobody gives a shit. Artists get paid. What the fans will have to pay doesn't concern them. As a solution to curb scalpers they most likely prefer to sell expensive tickets themselves. Just look at the various Platinum ticket offers, where you pay anywhere between 400 and 1500 for floor seats.

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SoulAlive said:

phunkdaddy said:

If the artist is coming to my city. I just go to the box office ahead of the actual day or week of the

show and purchase tickets and avoid Ticketmaster's ridiculous online processing fees. You know a lot of the old school acts you and I would go to see are far less than what a Bruno Mars or a Beyonce

would charge. I paid 86 dollars for 2 tickets to see Janet back in August. I'm glad it was outdoors

at an amphitheatre versus an indoor venue. The indoor venues tend to charge more as well.

yep,it's wise to go the venue and purchase tickets there.They only charge you the price of the actual tickets and not all those ridiculous "service charges" that Ticketmaster adds on.And yeah,one advantage to seeing old school artists is the prices are much cheaper than the tickets to see a current "hot" artist like Beyonce.Plus,they have better music to perform anyway lol

Don't delude yourself into thinking you're not having to pay any fees there as well. Most of them are partnered with Ticktmaster or Live Nation or AEG. And they all have their pre selling fees. Also you're dreaming that only current artists charge outragous prices. It's most likely the old school artist, that charge those prices, Aerosmith, Rolling Stones, Madonna, Char, Janet Jackson... to name a few.

[Edited 9/23/18 16:19pm]

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Cinny said:

PatrickS77 said:

Char,



She still alive??? lol

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Cinny said:



She still alive??? lol


Yes! 67 yo

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Its one of life's little joys trolling scaplers on Stub Hub ... if I'm bored I wait for a big show to go on sale on the Friday morning, then as soon as the tickets re-appear inflated on Stub Hub or one of the other scalper sites an hour later I pick one of the greedy f*ckers and bombard them with questions, or purchase them drag my heals on paying. lol lol

Ticketmaster are pure c*nts and the sooner them and their little 'subsidiaries' f*ck off, the better this world will be.

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Reply #15 posted 10/10/18 11:14am

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Fuck Ticketmaster.
But I’ve kinda figured them out. When the Prince Piano tour tickets got released, I tried to buy straight away. I didn’t get through at my price range. An hour later both shows are “sold out”.

In the days that followed, I kept an eye on ticketmaster. Tickets start popping up again. I hear of desperate friends who snapped up very high priced tickets in panic. About a week later there are tickets available in my price range and I grab a pair.

When they say sold out, don’t believe them. They are pulling some generated hype/demand shit. Be patient and keep your eyes peeled. If all else fails, turn up outside the venue with cash on the day, people always have spare tickets from people who couldn’t make it or they bought too many.

Ticketmaster are fucking snakes, not to be trusted.
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Reply #16 posted 10/12/18 9:17am

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PatrickS77 said:

RodeoSchro said:

I am 100% positive that I have the answer to all these problems. I hope to one day be able to try it out in the real world.

The answer would be personalized tickets. That would curb ticket scalper with a quickness. But that would mean effort. Effort no one wants to invest. That would also mean, that theys would have to take tickets back, should the patron not be able to attend the concert. Again hassle and (in their mind) possible loss of money.

But really, the problem is: Nobody gives a shit. Artists get paid. What the fans will have to pay doesn't concern them. As a solution to curb scalpers they most likely prefer to sell expensive tickets themselves. Just look at the various Platinum ticket offers, where you pay anywhere between 400 and 1500 for floor seats.



I don't know about that, but here is my idea:

Auction the best tickets. But a different kind of auction - a one-bid auction. It would work like this:

1. When a show is announced, the artist holds a one-bid auction
2. You place a bid for how much you would pay for a ticket (4-ticket max or whatever the artist is comfortable with)
3. There is a deadline for bidding, and you can only make one bid
4. After the deadline, you accumulate the bids and fill them from highest to lowest
5. Whoever bids the most per ticket gets filled with the very best seats; then the second-highest bidder gets filled; and so on
6. After all bids are filled, the rest of the tickets go on sale to the public

This accomplishes everything an artist could want:

1. ALL the revenue from the best seats goes directly to the artist/management

2. FANS buy the best seats
3. There will be little to no resale market for those seats because they've already been sold for the highest price the market will bear - except this time, they've been sold by the artist and not a scalper. This puts the ticket scalper OUT OF BUSINESS
4. Every fan can set their own budget. If you want to see Taylor Swift and $80 a ticket is the most you can afford, that's what you bid. No longer will you have to pay more than you want for a ticket. The only thing that will ever change is where the location of an $80 seat is
5. An artist can still set aside seats for fan clubs or special guests or whatever they want

If TicketMaster was smart, they'd institute this and they'd charge a percentage fee instead of a flat "convenience fee" for the bid tickets. I bet they'd make a lot more money if they did that.

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[Edited 10/12/18 9:18am]

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