I just bought a pair of tickets for the upcoming KISS concert. Yes, I know, I suck at life, etc., etc.
Here is my question: How the fuck can it cost $10 to process a ticket in today’s age of web-ordering and automatic credit hook-ups online? The listed ticket price for the concert is $89 (let’s leave alone the question of whether this is reasonable, for now). The actual cost: $99. It doesn’t matter if you order online or walk to the ticket window and bother the underpaid employees at the Metro Centre (who certainly didn’t get a signigicant piece of my $20 extra for their 2 minutes of work). Just out of curiousity, I just looked up the price for a Fleetwood Mac ticket at the ACC. Ticketmaster is charging a ‘convenience’ charge of $13.25 for that concert. The convenience charge for the ticket via ticketmaster to see Billy Joel in Jacksonville is $20.25 (USD). Holy (super)highway robbery, Batman!
By contrast, ordering a pair of seats to the Killers in Calgary would only cost me an extra $6 per ticket, using the broker Webtickets. Still seems a bit much, but it doesn’t make me want to strangle a series of bunny rabbits.