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Old 03-03-2008, 03:20 PM   #1
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Today's the day. It's the day Buffett tickets for Alpine Valley go on sale. I sit by my computer, waiting for 10:00 hoping against hope that I'll get lucky. At 10:00 on the button I start going through the usual bullsh!t with the distorted words that's supposed to stop scalpers and get through by 10:03. Sold out already. By 10:05 there were 87 listings on Ebay for that concert, with tickets with face value of $33 on sale for over $100. This is ridiculous. I go through this every year. It's the only concert I go to, and I have to pay a zillion dollars just because they use a fckued-up system. GRRRRRRRR.

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Old 03-03-2008, 04:49 PM   #2
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And then add in all the ridiculous fees, and even if you "win" you still lose.

I hate Ticketmaster with the white hot fire of 10,000 suns.

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Old 03-03-2008, 04:59 PM   #3
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That's the reason I stopped going to Buffett concerts. I love them so much, but the whole ridiculousness just isn't worth it.

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Old 03-03-2008, 05:04 PM   #4
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It's not really a help, but don't give up at 10:03. Theory being that at that point tickets are just being "held". Someone could have entered their CC number wrong, or the CC could be rejected, they wasted time, etc. I've had a number of shows where they said sold out, but anywhere from 5 - 15mins later I get through and get tickets.

Ticketbastard is still the enemy. But this can apply to any online ticketing.

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You can also go to the concert and buy from scalpers there. It sounds sketchy, buy the closer you get to the gate, the lower the price/ticket gets. I joined my wife and her college friends at a concert sans ticket, but picked one up near the gate for close to face value.

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Or just put 1 finger in the air...oh wait, that's any number of different bands.

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That's crazy. I haven't had to deal with TM in a very long time, though. Local shows are handled through musictoday, which seems to be much better.

The wife got tix for springsteen when they first went on sale...but the seats weren't the best, so she ordered 2 more, thinking we could just sell the first pair.

Then she accidentally scheduled our trip to France for the same time as the show.

Put them both up on eBay just trying to make our money back. Ended up netter $150 for the trouble.

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Today's the day. It's the day Buffett tickets for Alpine Valley go on sale. I sit by my computer, waiting for 10:00 hoping against hope that I'll get lucky. At 10:00 on the button I start going through the usual bullsh!t with the distorted words that's supposed to stop scalpers and get through by 10:03. Sold out already. By 10:05 there were 87 listings on Ebay for that concert, with tickets with face value of $33 on sale for over $100. This is ridiculous. I go through this every year. It's the only concert I go to, and I have to pay a zillion dollars just because they use a fckued-up system. GRRRRRRRR.
The reason the tickets get bought up is because people are weilling pay +$110 for $30 tickets.

I would rather let them eat several thousand in lost money when no one will buy the tickets. But that doesn't happen so this same mess will continue.
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So I logged on to get Buffett tix this morning. When I tried to update my credit card info., it wouldn't go through, so I ended up not getting the tix and now they're sold out. And yesterday I found out my girlfriend is moving to San Diego in June. Not making for a good couple days.

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So I logged on to get Buffett tix this morning. When I tried to update my credit card info., it wouldn't go through, so I ended up not getting the tix and now they're sold out. And yesterday I found out my girlfriend is moving to San Diego in June. Not making for a good couple days.
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