Fans of live entertainment have good reason to loathe Ticketmaster, if you ask me. The ticketing service, with little to no competition in its field, charges usurious fees for event tickets that you can buy and print out via the Web. Example: A ticket to an English Beat concert near Los Angeles costs $20. But Ticketmaster tacks on a $7 “convenience charge” and a $2.50 “building facility charge.” Total cost: $29.50, a nearly 50 percent increase over the face value! Oh, it also charges an optional $2.50 fee for you to print the ticket on your printer.
In the pre-Internet era, when Ticketmaster needed staff, offices, and equipment to print and distribute tickets, such fees may have been warranted. (Okay, they were a rip-off then, too, but I’m trying to be fair.)
More bad news: Ticketmaster plans to merge with Live Nation, the biggest concert promoter in the United States. Critics fear that the merger will make matters worse for ticket buyers. They’re probably right.
On the bright side, dissatisfaction with Ticketmaster may be spurring the economy. Take a look at the fashion sold at this site (see dog above).