This is not the first time this has happened so I know it is not a fluke but it is the first time since having my blog so I can finally vent my anger.
All this week the press have been full of how the Stone Roses have reformed (I have dubbed it the Pension Fund tour) and that tickets would be on sale from 9.30am today. Now I am not a fan, couldnt name one song, but Mr B is. Christmas is coming up so I thought I would try and get some tickets for him to go, and to take a music loving mate with him. Mr B’s parents live in Cheshire so going up to Manchester for the gig and staying over would be a doddle.
I am online from 9am. Make sure I am logged in to Ticketmaster so all I need do is click buy.
09.28 and I hit refresh once more. This appears:
You can see the “loading” dial of death still spinning.
It keeps spinning….
So I log on to Getmein. This is a “fan site” for reselling tickets. It is owned by Ticketmaster. Look what they have available at 9.40am
Tickets. From £100. When the face value of said tickets is only £60. Well actually the face value of the tickets is £55 but Ticketmaster want £4.95 PER TICKET booking fee.
And yet, look:
09.51 and the Ticketmaster page is still loading.
It is scam. I have never been able to buy tickets on Ticketmaster. EVER. Yet monitoring Getmein shows that you can get them from there within minutes of them being available. I try and avoid Ticketmaster whenever there is an alternative such as See Tickets.
With an extra 50% of the ticket price going to them. In some instances on that screen shot the £55 tickets are £126.
It is bloody outrage and something should be done to stop this.
Fans want to be able to see live music. Not ripped off.
and still loading.
I have now given up. Sorry Mr B. I did try.
Image at top of fan with a ticket, courtesy of Shutterstock