August 31, 2010 at 7:00 pm in INFORUM
Concertgoers will soon have to get used to a new name when buying tickets for events at the Fargodome.
Tags: dome, Fargo, Fargodome, Ticketmaster 15 Comments »
I don’t see how losing the TicketBastard name is a bad thing. They’re the greediest piles of poo out there. I wish the ‘Dome all the best with the new company, and I have the feeling ticket buyers will see some change in their pockets with them.
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“Convenience Fee.” I still laugh to this day whenever I read that.
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Agreed, Art. An $8.50 convenience fee seems like an oxymoron.
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People don’t buy tickets because its Ticketmaster, or any OTHER service, they buy them because they want to see the show.
I don’t understand why they can’t simply sell their own tickets and bypass the parasitic middle man. If the consumer can get the tickets cheaper by buying directly from the dome online, then why have ANY ticket service?
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I agree–and I wonder then, if that would eliminate the “ticket brokers” that swoop in and buy up all the premium tickets so that they can turn around and sell them at exorbitant prices. What looks like a sold out show–often is not–and when people do decide to go to the show, they find it “sold out”–but tickets are available through a broker–at a very high cost–even for horrible seats in the nosebleed section. If I wanted to buy through Ticketmaster–I am limited to 8 seats–so how do these “brokers” manage to purchase the 200 best seats in the house? That system is broken and needs replacing!!
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People buy the tickets because they want to see the shows. They will buy them from a person off the street if they want to see the show.
I agree why doesn’t the dome sell their own tickets? It isn’t like New York City or Los Angeles!
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Hmmm, I’m skeptical about putting all the eggs in the basket of one company, the same company runs the FargoDome and also now the ticket sales. Seems like just too cozy of a relationship to me.
I do agree that TicketMaster is greedy
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Just a simple relevant question, Liberty. Does this mean you think another company should be brought in to collect the money you pay for your groceries at the store?
FargoDome sells a product… entertainment. Why shouldn’t they collect the money for it?
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No, that is completely different because there are not two separate payments being made. Why can’t the company do it under one contract instead of two and pay administrative fees twice. Are the same people doing the same work and are we paying for it twice? All I’m asking.
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I think this sounds like a good follow-up for the Forum … why can’t the FargoDome sell their own tickets? Pros? Cons?
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JK, its a monopolistic situation. Ticket Master owns all the outlets that sell the tickets, including NDSU. If you want to sell a ticket at any of the outlets, you MUST use TicketMaster. Trust me, this new ticket broker will soon be owned by TicketMaster, just as Meritcare has traded hands so many times.
New technology is changing this fast though… now all you need is a debit card and a computer to purchase a ticket directly from the seller.
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The Fargodome does sell their own tickets…at the Fargodome.
I’m guessing it wouldn’t be very cost effective for them to build and maintain their own online system. Selling 1,000+ tickets per minute isn’t exactly simple.
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At the $6 a ticket “Handling” price, thats $6,000 a minute…. I think they can afford to buy a system that will handle it.
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Wow those New Era ticket microsites look horrible. Were they built with a Geocities site generator in 1999? But I guess if it’s cheaper… well, it’ll still be too much of a “convenience fee” for too little of a convenience.
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The reason there is parasitic middle man, my new favorite catch phrase, is because companies like Ticketmaster pay high end entertainment a large fee to be the only distributor or their product. Just like Coke or Pepsi sponsor certain acts, so does Ticketmaster and you don’t have to guess who gets screwed in this deal. Ticketmaster than buys up premium seats and sells them to ticket brokers for a profit, who in turn sells them to the public at inflated prices. Lots of people make money off the same seats and we are the ones paying for it.
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