Before buying concert tickets online, read the fine print
It was a cold Saturday in Connecticut, and Mindy and I had been invited to long-time friends, Tom and Lisa’s home in Newtown for an evening of celebration that included cocktails, dinner, camaraderie and a lesson that I will never forget.
All four of us had been vaccinated, and this was the first time since February 2020 that we felt safe enough for all around hugs. Tom had bought some top notch liquor as the party began!
After our second cocktail party in 30 minutes, we thought it would be a good idea to purchase tickets for Steely Dan with Stevie Winwood to open their show from July 2 to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Check out Keith Carlock’s drum solo starting at 7 minutes and 15 seconds in the video.
Using my iPhone to search for tickets in our price range was my first mistake. My first choice was four tickets about 10 rows away from the stage until I saw the cost per ticket, which was $ 539. I am not joking.
We chose four tickets at $ 179 apiece, located in the last row just before the garden seats start. The cost of the tickets was $ 716, right? WRONG … with the various service charges and who knows what else, the total cost was $ 931.14! Each ticket purchased was accompanied by a service charge of $ 53.78.
Then come find out, the tour has been rescheduled for next year in 2022. No problem, I thought to myself, I’ll just ask for a refund. Here’s what the great people at ticketoffices.com told me;
Our seller secured these tickets; therefore, we are unable to offer cancellation as an option to our customers. When you place an order with us, our shop policies have been accepted and state that all sales are final. and here is the direct link to our full conditions if you wish to consult them. As we are a secondary market and do not hold ticket inventory, once the order has been placed and confirmed, we cannot change / cancel as we enter into an agreement with the seller.
I learned two lessons here … DON’T buy concert tickets when you have a booze buzz and never order tickets when you can’t read the fine print on your iPhone and never use them. counters. com to buy tickets.