Saturday, October 18, 2008

Silent in the Morning

As expected, I came up empty on Phish tickets. In fact, everyone I know that tried was also unsuccessful. Yet again, I blame Ticketmonster.

This is how it went down:

I was in just seconds after 10:00 a.m. I entered my request for Friday night's show (2 tickets). So far, so good. I reached the security check screen (where you are prompted to enter distorted words seemingly in an attempt to prevent "Bots"). One problem: THE WORDS DIDN'T APPEAR! In a panic, I tried refreshing the words several times; hell, I even tried the "vision impaired" button (which didn't work either). Heart was racing, mouth was getting dry. As a last ditch, I opened another browser and re-logged in, but by this point, I knew it was too late. I spoke with the other members of The Weight, and they encountered the same problem -- an unreliable technology offered by Ticketmaster that intentionally or unintentionally prevents the general public from getting a fair shot at tickets. Sure, we all knew going in that our chances of getting tickets were slim, but this is just getting ridiculous. At least ensure that the website is operating properly! We had similar problems getting tickets for Pearl Jam and AC/DC which makes me think this is no mere coincidence.

What is more disturbing is the whole TicketsNow system. Talk about conspiracy theories. Bottom line: Ticketmaster makes more money, the brokers continue to corner the market, and the fans are getting fucked.

Nothing left to do but get back into bed...

5 comments:

partyinpeepsblog@gmail.com said...

exact same thing happened to me when I tried.

Anonymous said...

Same thing happened with trying to buy Ryan Adams Halloween tickets.

Anonymous said...

Can somebody say "class-action" lawsuit?

Anonymous said...

what are your damages???

you actually have more money in your pocket by not buying the ticket..

Ryan said...

same thing happened to me. phuck.