Ticketmaster won't charge extra fees for Eagles tickets
I hate Ticketmaster.
Ticketmaster is right up there with Comcast in my book -- they're both bloated, incompetent corporations. See, they can be as inefficient as they want, because they pretty much have monopolies on their markets.
This week, Ticketmaster announced that it won't charge any extra fees for tickets to Eagles concerts. OMG -- how, like, totally generous of them!
If you're unfamiliar with Ticketmaster's tricky ways, know this: When you buy a concert ticket from them, they slap you with a series of fees. A $49.99 ticket to see Wayne Newton at the Lyric Opera House ends up costing something like $69.99 by the time Ticketmaster's through with you.
Here's the kicker: They call these fees "convenience charges."
What in God's name is so convenient about ordering tickets online or over the phone that gives Ticketmaster the right to charge so much extra? Paying more money isn't convenient at all ...
I think they just call them "convenience charges" to spite us. They know it's not convenient. You just don't have any other choice. You have to pay it. So they rub it in your face by calling them "convenience charges."
But this time -- just this once -- they're going to waive these convenience fees for Eagles fans.
But why? I mean, the Eagles charge out the whazoo for their concerts. It baffles me, because live, the Eagles sound exactly the same as they do in the studio. You can go to one of their shows, close your eyes and never know you're at a concert. Except for the inevitable drunk dude in a flannel shirt screaming "Freebird!"
I hate that dude.
My point is, Eagles fans are willing to pay $75.99 for nosebleed seats. So why not stick 'em with an extra $19.99 in convenience fees? They won't mind.
Instead, Ticketmaster should stop charging convenience fees for smaller acts (like Shwayze or Jenny Lewis or Dan Deacon). I know Dan Deacon fans are strapped for cash. Hey Ticketmaster, give the discount to people who really need it!
This recession is hitting us all. I opened my wallet the other day and a cartoon moth flew out. I can't afford these "convenience charges" anymore, Ticketmaster. But fat cat Eagles fans sure can. So give the discount to the lower-middle class -- folks like me.
We're the ones that need the bailout.