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Event Ticket Fees Are Outrageous

This summer, "Phantom Of The Opera" is coming to the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. Since my girlfriend is a huge fan of that musical, I decided to get us a pair of tickets. Fortunately, there are a lot of shows and still quite a few dates where we can land some decent seats.

Although I refuse to purchase the tickets through the online brokers. Because the various fees associated with buying them online are pretty ridiculous. For two tickets, the total amount spent on just the fees would be $50. To me, that is pretty outrageous. And it gets more annoying the way they kinda sneak those fees in.

The thing is, I don't work that far from Hollywood, so I should be able to stop in at the actual box office of the theater and pick up a pair of tickets, and avoid paying the tacked on amount. So that's what I'm going to do this week. I just think there are better uses for $50.


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morilla wrote on May 26, 2015, 10:16 PM

In this case, I think you're right. The fees don't have to do with the show or the tickets. They are a 'convenience charge' so that you don't have to 'stop' someplace. If you don't need or desire the 'convenience,' then you don't need to pay the charge for it.

SoundNFury wrote on May 26, 2015, 10:18 PM

Yeah, I mean it is tempting to just buy them online because it doesn't involve the stop....But I'm too cheap lol. I think if it were $10 or $20 maybe, but not $50.

FourWalls wrote on May 26, 2015, 11:31 PM

I know what you mean. It's funny how they vary from city to city. Last year I saw Elvis Costello in Louisville, and I paid $61 for a $45 ticket. The fees for the Pokey LaFarge concert in Louisville was six bucks, whereas it was less than $3 in Nashville. Yes, I realize I couldn't drive nearly 200 miles on three dollars, but I'd opt to go to Nashville to see him, just on general principles!

Soonerdad3 wrote on May 27, 2015, 12:02 AM

You will probably pay the $50 you saved on the fees for parking and concessions.

CoralLevang wrote on May 27, 2015, 2:27 AM

The fees have gotten ridiculous. But then again, so have ticket prices. LOL

MegL wrote on May 27, 2015, 2:36 AM

You're quite right. Many shows have outrageous ticket costs associated with them but those extra fees on top are really annoying.

Paulie wrote on May 27, 2015, 3:57 AM

Good luck in getting the tickets and not paying tacked on fees. I haven't paid for an event ticket in a long time.

Cinna wrote on May 27, 2015, 9:22 AM

I refuse to buy them as well. I lucked out and get to see a concert though Friday since a friend has an extra ticket emoticon :smile:

wolfgirl569 wrote on May 27, 2015, 10:08 AM

That is a great idea since you are close enough to do it. I think prices for most entertainment has gotten too high and refuse to pay it

SoundNFury wrote on May 27, 2015, 11:01 AM

Yeah, it makes sense (although it sucks) if it's difficult to buy the tickets fro the actual location for whatever reason. But in this case, it shouldn't be too big a deal for me to get them from the theater.

SoundNFury wrote on May 27, 2015, 11:01 AM

Exactly. I know that parking will be at least $20.

SoundNFury wrote on May 27, 2015, 11:02 AM

Yeah, it is very expensive to go to events these days!

SoundNFury wrote on May 27, 2015, 11:02 AM

Yeah, especially with thee hidden way they implement them.

SoundNFury wrote on May 27, 2015, 11:03 AM

Thanks. I should be able to get them this week.

SoundNFury wrote on May 27, 2015, 11:03 AM

That's cool. That's always a good way to go! lol

SoundNFury wrote on May 27, 2015, 11:04 AM

Yeah, even just going to the movies is very expensive, let alone a theater show.

WordChazer wrote on May 27, 2015, 12:40 PM

I hear you. We already spend enough on the tickets alone, given that many musicians have put their gig ticket prices up to compensate for the lower earnings from downloads. I always used to pick my gig tickets up from the box office when I worked across the road from the local venue.

JohnRoberts wrote on May 27, 2015, 1:18 PM

The online fees alone are 50 bucks!!! Damn, the ticket prices for the show itself is high enough without that tacked on. You are wise to buy direct from the box office. Shoot, it would be worth a Metro trip to the station across the street to save that kind of money.

JohnRoberts wrote on May 27, 2015, 1:20 PM

I think even $10 is outrageous. Please, handling fees cost that much? There's a huge profit margin there.

JohnRoberts wrote on May 27, 2015, 1:22 PM

I guess you can't use the Metro for a date. But at least you are getting something tangible for the money: a safe (?) parking place, souvenirs or beverage. Not money for some invisible handling fees.,

JohnRoberts wrote on May 27, 2015, 1:24 PM

Is the Pantages doing demand pricing? The Music Center is doing that. The higher the demand, ticket price is boosted. Lower demand, ticket price comes down.

Soonerdad3 wrote on May 27, 2015, 7:46 PM

Parking is definitely expensive most anywhere you go.

ViperGirl85 wrote on May 28, 2015, 3:43 PM

I know what you mean! We used to -if we saved up enough- spend around $70-$80 for floor seats at WWE, and now that price gets you the next section back. My ticket to sit eight row (seventh or eighth, I can't remember) for a WWE Pay-Per-View event in 2008 was $90ish with fees. Still a lot, but not like it is now....it's couple hundred to sit that close at a WWE Pay-Per-View event, which is why I don't shoot for those seats anymore. It's ridiculous how much ticket prices have been jacked up.

SoundNFury wrote on May 29, 2015, 10:04 PM

The price of convenience sure is high! lol

SoundNFury wrote on May 29, 2015, 10:05 PM

Yep, it's pretty nuts. I was like "no way" lol

SoundNFury wrote on May 29, 2015, 10:06 PM

Yeah, it is actually surprising that events are able to attract people, especially with how the economy tanked years back.

JohnRoberts wrote on May 29, 2015, 10:45 PM

The worst parking "trap" are most sports venues. Some you can get a train to. I know the Thunder play in Bricktown as I went by the arena. Tough parking situation?

SoundNFury wrote on May 29, 2015, 11:48 PM

I'm not sure. I hadn't heard of that.

SoundNFury wrote on May 29, 2015, 11:49 PM

Well, I know that anytime you go anywhere in Hollywood (in particular an event) it's going to cost at least $20 to park in a lot. I remember the days of scoping out street spots, but that's not as practical in all situations.

Soonerdad3 wrote on May 30, 2015, 9:47 AM

Actually the arena is just outside of Bricktown to the west and event parking is horrible for the Thunder. Parking has always been a problem in our downtown and Bricktown Entertainment district.

JohnRoberts wrote on May 30, 2015, 10:03 AM

I always take the Metro into Hollywood. Parking is such a bitch and if you find a spot it's usually far down Vine and then you have to worry about it in that neighborhood.

JohnRoberts wrote on May 30, 2015, 10:04 AM

I remember the Arena was on side of the interstate and Bricktown was on the other. I got a street parking spot in Bricktown but that was in the morning on a meter.