Ticketmaster has long charged too much in service fees, but this is the first time I’ve seen them almost double the price of a ticket. This is what I saw this morning:
Ticketmaster made the price go from $15.00 to $27.30, and that’s if I print off the ticket on my printer. If I wanted to have a ticket mailed to me, it would cost even more. That’s just out of control. When I saw that, I closed my browser window and decided to buy a ticket at the door and risk it selling out.
In contrast, I had a very good experience at etix, where they charged a $2.50 service fee per ticket. I think that’s reasonable and I wish more venues and artists would use etix and force Ticketmaster to respond to some competition.