Posted in music on April 2, 2013

check out the yellow alerts on the right...
ticketmaster

Like many of you, we spend an inordinate amount of time on Ticketmaster here at BV, getting ticket links and trying to figure out whether or not a show is sold out. The latter used to be a real pain, actually having to go through the Captcha process to see whether tickets were still available. But no more. In what is maybe the most helpful, long-overdue feature to be implemented on TM, they now have a little yellow exclamation point alert by shows that have either "NO TICKETS RIGHT NOW" or "NOT MANY LEFT" which you can see above.

Ticketmaster has also been tweaking the Captcha process, using actual phrases (sometimes branded ones) instead of smudgy nonsense words. (Sometimes you have answer a question via a pulldown menu.) One thing that hasn't changed: service charges.

P.S. as you can see from the picture above (if they are to be believed), there aren't many tickets left for Leonard Cohen's upcoming run at Radio City!

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Comments (36)

cool. now they need to work on tix not selling out within the first 30 seconds of them being on sale.

Posted by hmm | April 2, 2013 12:05 PM

Call Bullshit on Doug Benson being sold out

Posted by Real Deal D | April 2, 2013 12:05 PM

"NO TICKETS RIGHT NOW" does not mean sold out. It means promoters will release more closer to the show.

Posted by lol | April 2, 2013 12:06 PM

My fart, your face

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2013 12:08 PM

I am certain Ticketmaster will be completely forthcoming with the information and use it to serve their customers.

Posted by Ramie | April 2, 2013 12:13 PM

every listing is missing an "overabundant fees" alert

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2013 12:20 PM

Kind of pointless, when half of the time, it's not sold out when it says that it is. Just something to make it completely obvious to the idiotic fucking people who think they should be able to buy tickets days after a show goes on sale, and then wonder how and why it's sold out.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2013 12:21 PM

12:05 - instant sellouts are not Ticketmaster's fault - it is Promoter/Venue/Artist (i.e: Bowery Presents/LiveNation/MSG and the artists who play for them (i.e: James Murphy)) withholding the vast majority of tickets and reselling them on Stubhub through dummy accounts and ticket brokers they work with.

Which... is I think technically legal? But it would still be nice if someone in the industry exposed the practice to a journalist.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2013 12:23 PM

"NO TICKETS RIGHT NOW"
translation: we have tickets for 4x the price on stubhub right now, but will put unsold ones back into the system within 2-5 days before the show

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2013 12:23 PM

It's been like this for a while. Way to be on top of things, BV!

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2013 12:23 PM

"It's been like this for a while. Way to be on top of things, BV!"

Way to be a tacklebox! Git yr own blog, stop b!tchin. #citykidz

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2013 12:32 PM

No, it actually hasn't been like this for awhile.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2013 12:36 PM

"It's been like this for a while."

#denile

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2013 12:58 PM

This Tyler, the Creator album blows.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2013 1:04 PM

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12:05 - instant sellouts are not Ticketmaster's fault - it is Promoter/Venue/Artist (i.e: Bowery Presents/LiveNation/MSG and the artists who play for them (i.e: James Murphy)) withholding the vast majority of tickets and reselling them on Stubhub through dummy accounts and ticket brokers they work with.

Which... is I think technically legal? But it would still be nice if someone in the industry exposed the practice to a journalist."

Agreed. It'd nice if for each show you got a layout of the seating chart which dictates how many are being held back for guest list, VIP, "Brokers", etc. For GA venues, it'd be nice to see how many are on sale to the actual public (i.e. if it's at T5 than 2700/3000, etc.)

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2013 1:07 PM

12:23, you realize that Ticketmaster and Live Nation are the same company right?

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2013 1:08 PM

To the first 12:23 - these practices have been publicly written about. There is actually a book written about the corruption in the ticketing industry. http://www.amazon.com/Ticket-Masters-Concert-Industry-Scalped/dp/1550229494/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1364924806&sr=1-1&keywords=ticket+masters

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2013 1:48 PM

seriously there are more tickets for Leanard Cohen than Doug Benson? I don't care the size of the venue. Thats dumb

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2013 1:59 PM

TM has been doing this for at least a month. Nothing new to see here. Move along.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2013 2:23 PM

OMG, BV! Did you know Ticketmaster allows for direct digital ticket transfers?! Scalpers have it even better these days!

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2013 3:42 PM

"One thing that hasn't changed: service charges." They are a business. How else would they make money? As for holding back tix - I think it's great. Many times I've been able to get decent tix the day of a show without having to pay a scalper or deal with the thieves on craigslist.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2013 4:36 PM

how is this news?

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2013 4:42 PM

No matter how many tickets are put on sale or how quickly a show sells out or how much they charge one thing is certain - someone will come onto this site and whine, bitch and moan about it! And then if a show in a large venue doesn't sellout right away someone will complain the artist is playing too big a venue. It happens pretty much every time. It really is comical.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2013 4:56 PM

4:56 FUCK YOU ASSHOLE. SUCK MY DICK.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2013 9:55 PM

4:36, I don't think anyone would argue that a service charge should exist... of course the company needs to make profits.. But when the service charge is 30 or 40 percent of the price of the ticket, that's a problem. Also, that service charge is not only high because of Ticketmaster... the venue, the artist, and the promoter also typically get a cut of the service charge. Everyone wants a piece of the pie. So they just make the pie bigger. It's all about greed.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2013 10:19 PM

4:36 - I don't have a problem with anyone holding back tickets either... I also don't have a problem with people trying to scalp tickets. What I would like is transparency; I want to know when they are holding back 80 percent of the house. And I would like to have just as fair a shot of getting the best seats in the house on the day that the tickets go onsale as some schmuck who has connections on the inside.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2013 10:23 PM

Call Bullshit on Doug Benson being sold out

Posted by chiavette usb | April 2, 2013 10:40 PM

955 Thanks for proving my point. (in all caps showing what a moron you are)1023 What would you do with that ticket info if you got it? Nothing! Yes everyone wants their cut. Just like every other business. No one wants to pay for recorded music but they still complain about ticket prices.

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2013 12:32 AM

12:32, right. But the difference is that in other businesses, if people stop paying, the prices go down. This isn't necessarily the case in the concert industry. Mid-level bands that used to be able to completely fill sheds and arenas are now playing to half-filled houses because the prices are so high. Live Nation would rather a band play to a half-filled house than lower the ticket prices.

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2013 8:17 AM

And again, 12:32, I have no problem with people scalping tickets for whatever people are willing to pay.... what i have a problem with is that people on the inside have an unfair advantage in getting the best seats in the house. There used to be a time when you can wait in line at the box office, and you'd still have a shot at something good for the face value. Now, all the good seats are already gone before the tix go on sale, and the prices get inflated on the "secondary market". It's total horseshit.

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2013 8:24 AM

And also, a service charge of 30 or 40 percent of the face value of the ticket is a bit excessive.

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2013 8:30 AM

There's a way for everyone to make money, without gouging the public. They just haven't found a way to do it yet.

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2013 9:49 AM

Whhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2013 3:33 PM

cool. now they need to work on tix not selling out within the first 30 seconds of them being on sale.

Posted by Truman | April 8, 2013 4:23 AM

the "not many left" designation is simply a scam to get people to purchase secondary market tickets. when a concert shows "not many left," there are frequently no regular price tickets available. instead, ticketmaster suggests higher-priced secondary market tickets.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2013 11:52 PM

This is beautiful, I really love the direction his music is going in.

Posted by Schyese | September 24, 2014 9:56 AM

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