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April 17th, 2008


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10:54 am - The Essence of Ticketmaster
spectralbovine: So, we're going to BFD, music girl.

arbitrarium: I am totally there, music guru. You+music? Of course!

spectralbovine: I will get us tickets. Rock on!

spectralbovine: Aw, man, there are no big headliners this year. That kind of sucks. But, hey, you can't argue with the value for your money.

arbitrarium: A good headliner would have been exciting. Like Interpol! But maybe we'll hear someone new and completely awesome. And for about the same cost of a movie and popcorn at the theater? Good deal. Let me know how the tickets work out!

spectralbovine: Well, it'll be $10.53 plus the LiveNation service charge, so let's say movie, popcorn, and a drink.

spectralbovine: Criminy, Ticketmaster is INSANE. Convenience charges and order fees up the ASS. The tickets ended up being more like $19.555 each.

Yes, you read that right: charges and fees were 85% of the fucking ticket price. I don't know how those people sleep at night.

arbitrarium: So it's more like a movie, popcorn, drink, parking, and someone stealing five bucks.
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: Papa Roach - Last Resort

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From:tigeremme
Date:April 17th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
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are /all/ the movies you go to free? $10.53 doesn't cover popcorn and a drink at the theatres I go to. =P

[all the same, this made me crack up]
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 17th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
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Ha, well, I never buy popcorn or drinks! And I guess you could get a movie and popcorn at the theater for $10.53 if you went to a matinee. Or the Speakeasy.
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From:chasethestars
Date:April 17th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
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I was going to say "or the Parkway", but that's the Speakeasy isn't it?

Are you going to Harold and Kumar next week?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 17th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
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It is indeed.

I want to see Harold and Kumar. Is there another free screening no one has told me about?
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From:chasethestars
Date:April 17th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
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Wednesday @ 7:30 at the Metreon. I got my Live105 ticket in the mail yesterday. It's no longer available on their website. I'm looking for a printable version so I can bring more people. If not, I may end up passing on it in favor of other plans that night.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 17th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
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Ooh. Well, let me know if I can be of any assistance in that area.
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From:filo77
Date:April 17th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
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BWAH!
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From:teapot37
Date:April 17th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
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Reminds me of this post on Consumerist, where a guy had a 168% markup in Ticketmaster fees.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 17th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
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Wow. That's fucking insane.

Also, seriously: if I actually HAD THE OPTION to go somewhere and buy these tickets for regular price, maybe I would. BUT I CANNOT. Convenience charge, my ASS.
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From:twenty8penguin
Date:April 17th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
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The wonderful world of toothpaste?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 17th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
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If you click the tag, you may understand.

Or not.
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From:twenty8penguin
Date:April 17th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
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The messages are: an actual toothpase post, image resizing help, how to eat tuna, and why ticketmaster blows goats.

Nope, I don't get it. :)
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From:the_narration
Date:April 17th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
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85% of the ticket cost? Has the whole world gone mad?

See, this is why I like small venues where I can buy the tickets at the door. Ticketmaster is totally evil.
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From:ahtrap
Date:April 18th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
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I try to get tickets at the door when I can, but I've been burned a couple of times, like when the Slayer show got sold out. Whoulda thunk they could still sell out a midweek show in a not tiny venue?
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From:super_hoodzie_x
Date:April 18th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
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ahh, yes. reminiscent of last fall when Steph and I went to the House of Blues to see Eisley. The tickets were, I think, fifteen bucks. I ended up paying over fifty dollars for both of them because it was ALL the service charges times two. Now whenever I want to see a show, I just take the time to walk straight to the place's box office and purchase the tickets at their ACTUAL price.
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From:lenadances
Date:April 18th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
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YES YES A MILLION TIMES YES. I am so steamed at the service charge for a totally different online ticket place, I can't even see straight. Apparently it costs $5/ticket for the joy of using their website. If I had known there was any other possible way to pay for it (there is! I could just call the theatre! or WALK UP TO THEIR PLACE which is really not that far from the El) and if I had known before hitting "check out" that I was getting a $15 fee added on I would have done that.

I wrote them an e-mail to complain and got a piece of form mail in return, saying essentially "thank you for using our service! we're so glad you enjoyed it! please come again!" and meaning essentially "fuck off".

Grrr. I had money put aside for the tickets. I did NOT have money put aside for the fees. If Token had not had a bit of extra cash floating around, I might have had to steal from the gasoline fund.
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From:arbitrarium
Date:April 20th, 2008 06:30 am (UTC)
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Hahaha. We're funny!

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