Yesterday I bought two tickets to a concert from Ticketmaster. The concert is tonight, so I couldn’t wait for them to mail me the tickets, and I didn’t want to bother with will call. So, much to my delight, Ticketmaster offered me the opportunity to print my tickets from an online PDF.
Unfortunately for me, this self-printing Ticketfast “service” cost me an additional $2.50.
Here’s part of my online receipt:
That’s right, I paid $12.80 in “convenience charges,” $3.50 for order processing and then another $2.50 for the thrill of printing the tickets myself. For those of you not scoring at home, that’s $18.80 of bullshit.
Now, I’m not opposed to Ticketmaster getting their cut. Someone has to take care of selling tickets. But when I print these tickets myself, I’m saving them money they would have spent on postal and printing fees. So why am I paying more?
To add insult to injury, these Ticketfast PDF tickets have advertising on them!
When you thought Ticketmaster fees couldn’t get anymore ridiculous, witness a $25 ticket turn into $41:
Receipt via our recently gouged commenter Ted.