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$250 ticket: "unreasonable prices", laments one patron

$250 ticket: “unreasonable prices”, laments one patron

With $250 show tickets becoming the norm, it’s practically a luxury to attend, argues host Tania Di Sei.

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In an interview with QUB Radio, the music host said he bought tickets to see Muse at the Bell Center next March and the price had doubled. “In 2019, I paid $125 for a ticket. It’s going to double in a few months, and I’m in the same place,” she said into Richard Martino’s microphone.

To try to save on her next concert next May, Ms. de Say decided to buy tickets in the balcony. “At $250 a ticket, I told myself it didn’t make sense. I chose to pay more for less.

On average, two tickets cost him $400-450 plus travel and dinner. “I’ve given up selling things on the site because it’s too expensive.”

Without mentioning Tania de Sey by name, she talked about a large ticketing platform that uses a supply and demand model for ticket prices. “A window opens soon that cannot be read by the naked eye. I took a picture on my cell phone to read better. It says that the site reserves the right to change the price according to supply and demand. The prices will not be the same in presale or regular sale,” he pointed out, and some of his friends muse. They find themselves in the same category as himself for the concert, but the prices they pay are different.

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Regarding the resale of tickets, he notes that some individuals will ask five times the original value. Although there is a limit of eight tickets per person, resellers will try to pre-register and sell them at a higher price. “$500 refund for ticket to Blink-182. It’s sad because people go into debt to buy one.

Exaggerated fees?

On his QUB radio show, Benoit Dudrysak said he bought tickets for the Revolution show at $79 each and Ticketpro added $10.50 to each electronic ticket. In this case, the lawyer of Option consommateurs, Sylvie De Bellefeuille, confirms that it is necessary to look at the departure information. “A trader cannot charge more than he advertises. When we shop for tickets, we want to have the information before we get to the checkout.

In the same breath, he said the Consumer Protection Act provides for all-inclusive pricing. “A product priced at $50 is a legitimate expectation to pay that amount, excluding applicable taxes. What we want to avoid is that we advertise something at a price that ultimately becomes impossible to keep at that price because of mandatory fees. You can imagine a lot when it comes time to increase costs,” he noted.

Finally, Ms. De Bellefeuille recommends that consumers carefully check who is selling tickets before buying from an individual, as there may be counterfeit tickets in circulation.

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