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toolfansat
10-21-2013, 08:16 AM
I was looking at the Sammy Hagar show in Lowell, MA on 10/25, but the fees work out to 42% ($14.50 in fees on a $35.00 ticket - including $1 for Will Call pickup - WTF?).

While I know none of us want to pay ANY fees, it's a fact of life unfortunately, but personally once it gets up around 25% of the ticket face value, I start to question whether or not it's worth it. And 42% is just out of the question for me.

Thoughts?

ravenheart
10-21-2013, 08:18 AM
I've never really thought of a limit on the fees specifically, just on the total price.

And that limit depends on the band and the venue.

But to put it simply, 60. I've broken it three times. 65 twice for Black Sabbath, and 70 for the Concert for Jon Lord next year.

Within that price I don't care if it's 5% face value and 95% fees or vice versa.

dcmetal108
10-21-2013, 09:00 AM
It differs per venue and ticket site but for Ticketmaster I usually expect at least $12 of fees per ticket.

IrritatedTrout
10-21-2013, 09:06 AM
If I really want to go, I go. Regardless of fees and all that. At this point, I just count them as a part of the price of admission and don't really differentiate between what percentage of the cost is just the ticket and what part is just fees.

The most I've ever paid for a show was about $156 for Rush in 2012 and $150 for Black Sabbath this year.

justinm4bama
10-21-2013, 09:06 AM
I usually skip the Ticketbastard fees and buy straight from the box office. I'm taking my girlfriend and her parents to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra in December. It would have been $250 for the four of us with Ticketbastard, but at the box office it was only $200.

The club level shows are the same way here. If I'm at a show I buy all my tickets advanced straight from the venue.

PowerMaiden
10-21-2013, 10:17 AM
yeah, I'm with everyone on this, it's the total cost of the ticket that mathers.



Cheers !
PowerMaiden

christopher
10-21-2013, 11:04 AM
I remember Down was playing the Key Club last year and the venue put up tickets for $5 with a $6 service fee. :lol: It turned out that was an error and they cancelled my order and put tickets back up for $30.

markrz
10-21-2013, 11:17 AM
I go to great, sometimes irrational, lengths to avoid Ticketmaster fees. Sometimes the amount of extra work it takes to go to the venue box office outweighs what I would have paid for the TM fees. But I do it out of principle.

If it's a ticket of the kind that comes with a service fee above $10, I usually just end up not going to the show.

kalfitegrdan
10-21-2013, 11:19 AM
I've never really thought of a limit on the fees specifically, just on the total price.

And that limit depends on the band and the venue.

But to put it simply, 60. I've broken it three times. 65 twice for Black Sabbath, and 70 for the Concert for Jon Lord next year.

Within that price I don't care if it's 5% face value and 95% fees or vice versa.

Yeah, this. I refuse to pay over $60 for a ticket. The most I've ever paid for a show was $60 even both times I saw Rammstein.

Bengals279
10-21-2013, 11:21 AM
2 of the past 3 concerts ive gone to, ive gotten tickets off of craigslist instead of ticketmaster. But yeah total price of ticket is what matters to me

dcmetal108
10-21-2013, 11:46 AM
Most I paid for tickets was $200 for two KISS tickets.

I stopped caring about cost though.

John The Drummer
10-21-2013, 01:09 PM
Fee's suck, gotta agree with the total price is all that matters.

Luckily when venue's put locals on bills they make the locals sell tickets... so with most of the shows I go to I can get them for the face value and no extra charge. Since I am spoiled with this, I don't like to spend more than $25 for a ticket. But in the end it really depends on who is playing.

ravenheart
10-21-2013, 03:03 PM
Yeah, this. I refuse to pay over $60 for a ticket. The most I've ever paid for a show was $60 even both times I saw Rammstein.

So, about 2/3 what I'll pay then?

illuminatus917
10-21-2013, 03:16 PM
So, about 2/3 what I'll pay then?

What is that little symbol in front of your numbers? It looks weird.

Dextrimental
10-21-2013, 03:27 PM
Most I've paid is 70e for Metallica twice.

Around 70 is my limit for one concert, though. Even at that, it'd need to be a beefy line up and a few friends going to make sure I'm going to have a good time at the whole concert - and no, I wouldn't pay that for Metallica on their own again.

kalfitegrdan
10-21-2013, 10:38 PM
So, about 2/3 what I'll pay then?

I wasn't insinuating that $60 and 60 were the same thing. I was just agreeing with your general statement and stating my own limit.

Christen
10-21-2013, 11:57 PM
Most shows in a big venue you have to expect to pay quite a bit if you want good seats or floor tickets.

ravenheart
10-22-2013, 08:05 AM
What is that little symbol in front of your numbers? It looks weird.

I'm pretty sure someone drew it by accident and it just stuck.

ravenheart
10-22-2013, 08:05 AM
I wasn't insinuating that $60 and 60 were the same thing. I was just agreeing with your general statement and stating my own limit.

I think it just means I'm paying too much ;)

Maideneer
11-04-2013, 07:57 AM
Not related to ticket fees, but Ticketmaster seems to be doubling down on aggravating people.

Now, instead (or in addition to) the indecipherable security words they force you to type in, they now have sponsored videos that play for things like Swiffer Wet Jet and Febreze and they force you to click on the video and wait one or two more seconds before the security code appears saying something stupid like "Easier To Dust" connecting your security word to the sponsor video.

This is getting ridiculous.

IrritatedTrout
11-04-2013, 10:33 AM
I noticed that a few months back, for a while those codes weren't even working and you'd have to get a new one to get through the system.

AnthG
11-04-2013, 12:22 PM
I'm with the "total ticket price" is what matters. A $30 ticket with a $15 service charge is the same as a $44 ticket with a $1 service charge.

Now, that being said, when it's a tour I really want to see I usually am fairly price insensitive. When it's a band i've seen 5-6 times, or a band i've never seen before or haven't in a long time that is playing a support slot on a package tour with 8 other bands I don't like, that's where price (as well as venue and date/day of the week) plays a factor.

energymetal14
11-04-2013, 12:33 PM
I think overall price is important, but I can't stand over the top fees. If say a ticket was $5 with a $5 service fee, its only $10 so I would pay it easily. But if a ticket was $20 with a $15 service fee, I would be kinda pissed. its still only $35 which isnt too bad but they almost doubled the price just because of fees! I try to support venues that don't try to scam customers (aka non Live Nation/Ticketmaser venues) unless a band I really want to see is playing a Live Nation venue. I know fees are necessary at times to maintain venues and stuff, but I don't want to pay a major fee so a company can make a ton of money off me.

PVH5150
11-04-2013, 04:13 PM
For local shows/national shows at smaller venues, anywhere from $5 to $7 I'd consider acceptable.

For any shows where tickets are getting into the $100+ range, it should be a flat fee of 10% face value. Ticket face value is $125, the fee should be $12.50.

And this is why I love living near the box office and having the power to pay nothing for fees.

toolfansat
11-13-2013, 11:55 AM
It's funny how the human brain works! Mine, at least.

If they just say it's $45 for a ticket, I'll happily shell out for it, but when they break it down and I know it's $30 for the ticket and $15 in fees, I get pissed off! Same with airline tickets, by the way.