"Awesome. Let's go! I'll buy the tickets!"
Ticketmaster tells me:
$7.85 service fee PER TICKET.
$2.00 building fee PER TICKET.
$2.50 if you want to print out the tickets yourself.
All of a sudden an already pricey $18 show costs $30. Enraged by the ridiculidity of it all, I angrily tell my friends I'm not going. "I'm boycotting ticketmaster," I explain in an fuming email.
My friend, potential concertmate, and often my voice of reason responds:
"You should blame the venue as much if not more than any other entity...it's really the whole complex (managers/promoters, venues, ticketmaster) that fucks you. so if you want to be hateful and boycott things hate all equally...oh yeah, and never print out your own tickets, that is complete bullshit."
Yeah. Maybe you're right. But I'm still angry. Maybe it's because I missed Art Brut at Spaceland a couple of years back which would have been less than $12, including service fee (Huzzah for Ticketweb!).
I get that Ticketmaster needs to make some money from all of this. But $9.85 per ticket? How about $3.50 per ticket? That seems more reasonable. AND WHAT THE FUCK IS A BUILDING FEE?
I'm so confused. I'm not going to the concert. Where should my anger be directed?