Thursday, April 18, 2013
Where do you buy tickets?
Above: The FedEx Forum in Memphis is the home of the NBA Memphis Grizzlies. Concerts are held there too, such as Paul McCartney May 26.
I intended to play poker last night, but while running errands, I heard on the radio that Wednesday was the last game of the NBA regular season, so I decided to go watch instead of poker.
I knew the game wouldn't be a sell-out, so I could have just shown up at the game and bought a regular ticket. I try not to use TicketMaster because they add so many fees. Just for grins, however, I decided to check StubHub. Surprise! They had a ticket for $5. Huh? There was an add-on of $4.95 that allowed me to print my ticket (something I would have to do it being the last minute) and a $5 surcharge. Still, $14.95 for a ticket was a bargain, so I quickly snapped it up.
Then, I decided to see what a ticket through Ticket Master would cost. It was $30 and that was before they add on about 10 or 15 extra fees. So, I really did get a bargain.
I supposed the ticket I purchased from StubHub was part of a Season Ticket package and the owner wasn't going. What do I care?
I investigated today and there are other online ticket brokers such as Ace Ticket and Preferred Seating.
Where do you get tickets?
Do you agree that TicketMaster is the most hated company on the planet?
Above: Seven footer Marc Gashol tries to block a shot without fouling.
By the way, the Grizz won 86-70 eliminating the Utah Jazz from the playoffs.
I bought a ticket for the first home playoff game (next Thursday) against the Los Angeles Clippers. I got it from the box office at the game for $28. No fees, so was cheap. I checked TicketMaster today and their price was $59.51 which included a convenience charge, but didn't include (to be added later in the buying process, but I stopped here) a processing fee. Why all the fees? Gimme a break.
Photos taken with my point-and-shoot.