Just spent more than half an hour trying to score Radiohead tickets on Ticketmaster.com and, man alive, what a nightmare!
Aside from the ticking clock at the top of every new window: “You have two minutes to complete this page before your tickets are released”, I guess I took too long on the last window — yes, the LAST WINDOW — and just as I was hitting the “Order Tickets Now” button, my time expired and I had to start all over again from the beginning. Ahh!
Then, after speedily completing each window on my new order, I was informed that all the tickets in my price range were sold out. Oh, no you didn’t, Ticketmaster! So, after changing up my order and opting for the $49 tickets instead — I was hoping to get the cheaper $39 tickets — I found out that those too were all snapped up for Sunday, August 24th at the Hollywood Bowl.
That left one other option…Monday night, August 25th. So, one nervous breakdown and two shit fits later, I finally managed to score tickets for that show. But then the real shit storm came my way in the form of service and handling fees totalling $24, almost half the price of the original tickets! Ahh!
At the end of the day, I guess it’s worth it, because Radiohead is totally on my list of bands I need to see live before I die, but wow, Ticketmaster, I kinda hate you right now, baby.
And best of all is that the tickets aren’t even that great…our seats are in section U1! That’s that tiny orange sliver way in the back on the seating chart above. If we’re lucky, with those new big-ass video screens, we might just be able to make out the band. But hey, as long as we can hear Thom York and company rocking down the Bowl, I’m cool…
But seriously, wow…I still totally hate you, Ticketmaster.
2 responses to “I hate Ticketmaster!”
Yeah, ordering through Ticketmaster can be a pain in the butt for infrequent users.
I find the best result is to log into your account before the tickets go on sale, and then go to the ticket page you want.
You can also set up a quick-pay option, similar to the Amazon one-click ordering system. When you use these tips, it’s a lot faster and easier.
But I do agree that the Ticketmaster monopoly on ticket purchasing totally sucks.
Yeah, I have an account set up to, so that way I don’t have to enter my address & credit card every time. But, you are so right about the ridiculous fees. What the hell is a “convenience fee”??? And then they charge you just to print your own tickets! That should be illegal!
I saw Bon Jovi and Daughtry last week. It was awesome times one hundred. I screamed like a teenager, but I am telling you Jon Bon Jovi is totally hot!!! Whew, I need to go lay down now! ha! ha!