Occasionally those of us considered “blahging superstars” or “infanet celebrity blahgers” or “general badasses” are required to buy our own tickets to events. Not very often, but occasionally.
Normally we’re flooded with tickets, back stage passes and laminated VIP cards to more concerts and sporting events that we can handle, but every once in a while we like to dirty our hands and purchase the tickets like the common man, Johnny Everyman if you will.
Today was such an occasion for our boy Mac G. And look at the bullshit he stumbled across.
If you take a look at the picture, you’ll see that Ticketmaster returned zero tickets for the event Mac was attempting to buy tickets to attend. This is at 10:01am on the day tickets were made available. For those of you who are new around here, ticket sales begin at 10:00am on the day of sale. So 1 minute into the sale, they are out of tickets.
This isn’t new or uncommon.
Highly sought after shows will often sell out quickly due to high demand from fans and a high number of scalpers buying their maximum limit so they can jack up the prices on Ebay or your local street corner the day of the show.
What is new and uncommon here is that Ticketmaster, after the search returned zero tickets for the event, offered Mac the “opportunity” to purchase his tickets from a third party ticket broker, TicketNow.
The rub? TicketNow is owned by Ticketmaster.
So, why would Ticketmaster want to sell you tickets for “face value” when they can send you to TicketNow where you’ll pay possibly two or three times more?
Who in the hell is regulating this? How is this not a conflict of interest?
This is just another in the long list of reasons why Ticketmaster is among the worst companies ever created on American soil. I’m sure those two dudes at Arizona State back in 1978 had great intentions, but their company has turned into an unstoppable force of nature. I would like to call it an monopoly, but somehow in 1999 they managed to keep that label from being applied to them. Later that week all US Supreme Court justices were seen courtside at a Lakers game next to the Victoria Secret girls and Will Smith.