They'd Shut Me Away But I'd Be All Right

Album Cover: Plans

"And it came to me then that every plan is a tiny prayer to Father Time."
Death Cab / What Sarah Said

Posted on April 10, 2008 10:44 AM in Music
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I'm kicking myself right now. Radiohead is coming to the Seattle area in August, and a pre-sale just got underway over at Ticketmaster about 45 minutes ago. After a few attempts, I managed to get two lawn tickets temporarily reserved for me. However, I got a little greedy and started looking around for better seats and by the time I came back to at least advance to the next page (since you have a time limit), I was told that I had exceeded my allotted time and my tickets had been released. After that, I was unable to find any others.

I don't really have anyone to blame other than myself, because that was a pretty bonehead move, but I'm still pissed at Ticketmaster for just being generally lame. I mean, this is nothing new, but that doesn't make it any less annoying. When I took a look at those tickets that had been reserved for me, I was going to be paying something like $30 in fees beyond the price of my tickets, which were $35 each. So I'd be paying almost 50% of my ticket price in fees had I purchased those tickets. And then there's the whole issue of having to prove I'm a human over and over again as I try to find more tickets. Come on Ticketmaster, can't you build in a little intelligence since you're requiring me to have some in order to use your service? I know the effort is for a good cause, but how do you know I'm interested in digitizing books when I'm trying to get tickets to see one of my favorite bands?


Ugly Face on April 11, 2008 at 12:41 PM:

I concur. Last week, I went to procure Ryan Adams tickets and I was signed out during my first attempt. I think the two-minute timer must be from the point you access their website. I lucked out likely at someone else's expense; as the first seats I tried to purchase were in row 29, there anon after the website signed me out, I was able to buy tickets in row 23 the second time around. When I pay around $115 for two tickets I expect better or at least consistent service, especially noting their hubris ticket handling fee.


ogrevgoj on May 15, 2017 at 5:23 AM:

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