Buy-Event-Ticket Complaint - Price Gouging - Tickets To Concerts

Review by TUNIE on 2008-10-24
SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE -- I recently ordered tickets to Chicago at the Portland Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine. Since it was real close to the event, I ordered the tickets, not realizing the stub that came to me or rather the ticket w/stub (s) came to me and quoted $45.00 for the seats I purchased (2). The price I was charged was $80.00 per ticket, a service fee of $18.40 PER TICKET plus a $15.00 charge to put these two tickets into an envelope and mail them which costs $.42 at best!!!!!!Very disgruntled to be scammed at this amount. To my estimation the worst I should have been "tagged" for these two tickets would be about $125.00 total.Instead, my charge to my credit card was $211.80.

Shame on whoever thinks up these prices to cheat the public. I will NEVER USE THIS system to order tickets again.
Comments:6 Replies - Latest reply on 2008-10-24
Posted by madconsumer on 2008-10-24:
you agreed to the terms and purchased the tickets. next time walk to a ticket office and make the purchase.
Posted by heaven17 on 2008-10-24:
Found this info pretty quickly on their website:

Above Face Value. Tickets sold through SITE are often obtained through secondary market TICKET SELLERS and are being resold, in many cases, above the price or "face value" listed on the ticket. All ticket prices include additional service charges and handling fees as defined on each order. SITE and its TICKET SELLERS are not directly affiliated with any performer, sports team, or venue; and SITE does not act as a primary sale box office, unless otherwise stated. By agreeing to these TERMS, USER agrees that the purchase price for tickets on their order does not reflect the original purchase price of the ticket and may be either higher or lower than the original purchase price.

Ticket Pricing. SITE cannot confirm the price of an item until after an order is completed by USER. Despite SITE's best efforts, a small number of the items listed on the SITE may be priced incorrectly. If the FULFILLER discovers an item's correct price is higher than the stated price, the FULFILLER may, complete the order at the original price on USER's order, contact USER to inform them of different price with an option to purchase, or cancel USER's order.
Posted by yoke on 2008-10-24:
It is really sad that 3rd party sellers can get the tickets before anyone else. Everytime I have tried to get tickets for a concert for my kids the second they are on sale they are unavaiable through ticketmaster. The only way to get tickets it through the 3rd party who tripple the price within seconds of them going on sale. Years ago it was called scalping and it was illegal, now it is called "business" and nothing gets done to them.
Posted by lobo65 on 2008-10-24:
I solve that problem by not going to concerts any more. These sellers only make that profit if people pay their exorbitant prices. Hopefully the down economy will eventually hit them with hard dose of reality. Since Dan Fogelberg died there are no performers other than the Eagles I would pay top dollar to see any way.
Posted by yoke on 2008-10-24:
lobo, I have a 12 year old that is obsessed with the Jonas Brothers. They were here over the summer, she did not go. I refused to pay $1,000 per ticket. From the minute they went on sale all that was available were lawn seats. If you wanted in the place you had to dish out $1,000 each. My son went to a Mahem Festival over the summer. Same thing. All that was available were lawn seats. Someone needs to regulate the thieves online.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-24:
I like to buy my tix from the event center,or local record stores that sell them.I have used ticketmaster online,but prefer to buy in person.

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