Thursday, May 08, 2008

More details about ticket sales

The blog at ANTI has some more details about the upcoming ticket sales:
“In keeping with Waits’ longtime desire to allow fans the best possible access to his shows, the Waits’ organization is again implementing an anti-scalping program to assure patrons that their tickets can only be purchased at face value (plus normal surcharges and handling fees). At the majority of shows on this tour, Ticketmaster is introducing their Paperless Ticket™ system. Prior to entering the venue, fans must simply provide their credit card which was used to purchase the tickets, along with a government issued ID. The fan’s accompanying guest must be present at that time. An attendant will swipe the credit card and provide a receipt for the transaction. The entire process is quick, secure and simple. Tickets will only be sold via the internet and by phone and are limited to two per person.”

5 comments:

Michael said...

Just so I'm clear about this, when they swipe your card at the show, are you paying for the ticket(s) then or is it merely a verification process? I'm just wondering, because if I'm paying for it when I get there I need to make sure I've got enough money in my bank account.

5 cent said...

If it's anything like the Orphans tour they will just verify that the credit card number matches the one on the ticket. The big drag is that you can only buy 2 tickets per card. Three of us went out to Detroit, Akron and Cleveland, but we couldn't sit together. I hope they reconsider that detail.

Steve said...

And also waiting was awful, especially at Cleveland as the show had already begun by the time we got in even if we were following TW's limo all the way.

Mark said...

i appreciate the anti-scalper deal, but if he really wants it to be affordable for fans like the press release states, how about lowering the original ticket prices, for starters. the $82.50 i read as a possible price is almost a scalper price in itself.

Dave said...

I agree that the two tickets per card is kind of a drag, but it makes sense. If you're a scalper you're presented with this scenario: You have to eat $82.50 in order to scalp the other ticket. I.e., You're going to have to be there at the show, go inside with whoever you sell the second ticket to, and absorb the cost of the ticket you use. Thus, you can only scalp one of the tickets. It minimizes the profit they can make and requires them to be there. So I think the intent is to make it not worth the scalper's time and effort. So selling the second ticket for $500 includes a $165 loss for price of the tickets. It's still a hefty profit for the scalper, but may not be worth it overall. And they probably won't be able to buy more than 2 or 4 tickets total... If they let you buy 4 tickets, it turns a $350 profit into a $700 profit and gives the scalper a better product - 3 tickets together rather than one. It does hurt the actual fan's ability to go to the show with his or her pals. But TW apparently thought it through and decided it was more important to ensure ticket availability + keep tickets under $100. And with these small venues, ticket availability is important. So I like limiting it to 2 tickets b/c I really want to make sure I get in to see the show.