Saturday, November 11, 2006

Argh!

Bought some tickets on ticketmaster.ca this week. I will give the sum total of the convenience charge ($14.50 for 2 tickets) to anyone out there who can adequately explain to me WHAT THE CONVENIENCE CHARGE IS!? I bought them online and am picking them up myself. Have I put somebody out? Seems to me that if you want to take advantage of me without me feeling angry you should just rather increase the price of the tickets 'cause then I'd never know.

4 Comments:

Anonymous bbb said...

WOW do I agree with that comment. Ticketmaster has had me seething for years! Their "surcharge" just keeps going up and up. What's even more bizarre is that it costs EXTRA to print them yourself!?!?! After all, you're REDUCING the manpower they need, and SOMEBODY has to pay for that! If someone can make sense of it, be my guest. To me it's such a clear sign of a bad monopoly!

8:45 PM  
Blogger cornelia said...

I agree. Jerks.

By the way, what did you get tickets for?

9:09 PM  
Anonymous Wendy said...

Are they MTC tickets? I saw a company whose acronym was mtc - even in italics - out here the other day. Funny how small things like that get you thinking. That and going to the Abbey the other day. Korey and I were really impressed by MTC's lineup this year. We were especially keen on going to see our friend John Mighton's play - Half Life - IF we weren't moving to Dublin. Move we did and we're not disappointed. Just missing out on some stuff we would have liked to see and do.

P.S. I totally ignored the main message of your post, didn't I? oops...

3:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not fun but here from the website is an explaination...I guess it is one way that the people who work for TicketMaster get paid.
Convenience Charge
This fee covers costs that allow Ticketmaster to provide the widest range of available tickets while giving you multiple ways to purchase. Tickets are available in many neighbourhoods via local Retail Locations, our telephone reservation system and Ticketmaster.ca. Tickets can be purchased through at least one distribution channel virtually 24 hours a day. The convenience charge varies by event and is determined by negotiations with arena operators, promoters and others based on costs for each event.

Is the convenience charge always the same no matter where I buy my tickets?
The convenience charge may vary depending upon where you purchase the tickets. A convenience charge may or may not be applied when you purchase tickets at the venue box office. A convenience charge is applied when you purchase from the Internet, phone or retail location (e.g., at your local department store) and this charge may vary depending upon Ticketmaster's local agreements with its venue, promoter and outlet partners.

7:21 AM  

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