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.
3/14 Children of Bodom
4/17 Wayne Static
4/23 Iced Earth