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Booking Fees

Post by Unorthadox1080 » Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:34 pm

I'm used to buying tickets direct from the venue as generally booking fees are cheaper this way. However for the Edinburgh Corn Exchange they don't do this but as far as I'm aware the tickets will go on sale from multiple vendors (Ticketmaster, See Tickets etc). So my question is does anyone know which of these websites is going to rip me off the least? I'll also probably get Manchester tickets as well but does it vary venue to venue?

Probably a stupid question but though it was worth a try.

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Re: Booking Fees

Post by frank » Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:41 pm

Actually, crowd-sourcing this kind of info is something I'm pretty interested in doing. Booking fees are out of my control, alas, but some places do charge less that others and if there's a way I can disseminate that info, well, cool.
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Re: Booking Fees

Post by Watergirl » Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:10 pm

Seetickets add GBP6.50, so the total comes to GBP35.10. It certainly won't stop me from going, but it's a good bit up from Wembley. And despite the fees they won't mail to Ireland so on the day there is going to be stress about when the box office will be open for ticket collection.
Converted it comes to EUR41, which is kind of mid-price, though still cheaper than most arena concerts. Thanks for taking an interest!
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Re: Booking Fees

Post by metronome » Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:30 pm

Watergirl wrote:Seetickets add GBP6.50, so the total comes to GBP35.10. It certainly won't stop me from going, but it's a good bit up from Wembley. And despite the fees they won't mail to Ireland so on the day there is going to be stress about when the box office will be open for ticket collection.
Converted it comes to EUR41, which is kind of mid-price, though still cheaper than most arena concerts. Thanks for taking an interest!
The £6.50 appeared to be for recorded delivery, but there was no way to change to any other (cheaper) type... that was on top of a £2.25 booking fee!
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Re: Booking Fees

Post by Watergirl » Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:16 pm

So you reckon there will be recorded delivery? My Glastonbury ticket did indeed arrive in Ireland that way, but for individual gigs in the past Seetickets have always said that box office collection is the only option. I can probably change the delivery address and have it sent to a friend in London...
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Re: Booking Fees

Post by metronome » Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:34 pm

Unless it said anything about Ireland/overseas addresses, which I wouldn't remember, then yeah... It would be fairly ridiculous (though I wouldn't put it past them) to charge you for post if they're not going to post it! I just checked in the confirmation email I got, there was a link to track the order where you can change the address and stuff
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Re: Booking Fees

Post by Blonde » Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:39 pm

I'm pretty sure Ticketmaster charge higher fees than See Tickets. It felt like it last time I used them. I think Ticketweb might have the cheaper fees of the big nationwide ticket agencies. Gigantic are pretty good but don't always have tickets for all the tour dates.

If there is a local online option then they might be worth a shot. So Stargreen for London, Ticketline for Manchester and Ticket Factory for Birmingham (one for future tours).

You should have time to shop around a bit to look at booking fees for Manchester at least.

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Re: Booking Fees

Post by Bella » Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:46 pm

I would mind the £6.50 postage a lot less if I could book for more than one venue and get just the one charge for postage, it would be even better if I could choose first class or recorded....

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Re: Booking Fees

Post by moomin » Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:40 am

I have had experience of Ticketmaster being cheaper than others, I have also faced higher charges than £6.50. I didn't purchase the ticket on the basis of the booking fees.
Doesn't seem to be any correlation between venues, or artists, or promoters, or dates. Shopping around is the only way to find the cheapest.
There are the usual lot who try to keep them lower like Ticketweb and Music Glue but being smaller they don't always have the gig listed.
Stargreen is an independent but means they sometimes are higher than the big guys.
Songkick and Ents24 can be a good way to find who is selling and therefore checking before buying.

Also had it where presales are subject to higher postage costs than normal sales.

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Re: Booking Fees

Post by Craven » Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:22 am

I've had a quick look and found out the following:

Company.............. Ticket..... Additional....... Total
See tickets.............. 25.88........ 6.50........ 32.88
Ticket master......... 26.45......... Zero....... 26.45
Gigantic.................. 25.25........ 5.75....... 31.00
Ticketweb............... No tickets
Stargreen.............. 25.00.......... 4.45....... 29.45
Ticketline.............. 24.75.......... 4.15....... 28.90

I also looked at live nation but they are powered by ticket master.

Ticketmaster are the best for Frank tickets

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Re: Booking Fees

Post by moomin » Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:26 am

Ticketmaster are one of the big guys that I tend to not have issues with as well. Have been more and more impressed with their service as time has gone on.

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Re: Booking Fees

Post by Baudelaire » Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:38 am

This surprised me. Ticketmaster have always been the absolute worst for trying to rip people off from my experience. Anyway I bought mine on Wednesday so paid the £6.50. :?

Did anyone check gigsandtours? They tend to be decent.

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Re: Booking Fees

Post by moomin » Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:06 pm

Ticketmaster have kept their prices more consistent, when I first starting buying tickets their fees were more expensive, and I got into the habit of staying clear but what I have noticed in recent years are the other companies are creating additional or hidden fees which then hikes up the cost, whereas TM have kept theirs simple.
I have been waiting for this to happen as discussions I have had with people in the industry have been saying for a while that all the time live music becomes more popular the ticket companies will start increasing their fees to capitalise on the new market, ticket prices will also increase as well as venue sizes. So we are seeing a bit of boom in the industry of live music and will therefore have to pay for it.

As a side note, See & Gigs I have not always had the best customer service from, they have constantly been a source of ticket stress.

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Re: Booking Fees

Post by Blonde » Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:29 pm

Baudelaire wrote:This surprised me. Ticketmaster have always been the absolute worst for trying to rip people off from my experience. Anyway I bought mine on Wednesday so paid the £6.50. :?

Did anyone check gigsandtours? They tend to be decent.
Gigsandtours and see tickets are the same company.

The extra fees seem even more ridiculous to me after also buying a ticket for a different gig that cost less than most of the postage charges.

I've never had to test Ticketmaster's customer service so wouldn't know what it's like. Can highly recommend Gigantic though.

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Re: Booking Fees

Post by sarahg » Fri Aug 30, 2013 3:42 pm

I had to book my tickets direct with O2 being disabled, half an hour on hold, 31.25, 25 for ticket and 6.25 for various fees.
Anyone got comparisons for other venues?

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