Ticketmaster Announces a New Way to Screw Concertgoers: “Dynamic Pricing”

April 19th, 2011, 2:54 pm by Sara


Ticketmaster pretends to care about the customer, but in reality nothing they have done in their entire history has ever lowered ticket prices to the public. This despite the huge scale of its operation, which should provide some cost efficiencies. It is a corporation, after all, and its reason for being is to squeeze every penny it can out of the shrinking wallets and pocketbooks of the people who attend live performances.

The fact that this ravenous corporate sponge has not made any inroads into the Berkshires is one reason our music, theatre and dance organizations are so much healthier than those other places who have to cede a large portion of their potential revenues over to “service” and “convenience” and “on line ordering” fees. These can amount to one third of the price of a ticket.


Over the years they have dreamed up new excuses for charging ticket buyers more, and today, they announced a doozie. It’s dynamic ticket pricing, and it is based on the way airlines sell tickets – raising prices as the seats become fewer. What they want to do is to cut the scalpers out of the mix, and grab their profits, too.

Click here to read the rest of this story at Berkshire on Stage


Odds & Ends At The End Of The Week

December 18th, 2009, 2:15 pm by Sara

What English sounds like to foreigners: from 1972, Adriano Celentano’s “Prisencolinensinainciusol” is sung/rapped in nonsense syllables meant to sound like English. It has a surprisingly modern sound. Here’s a transcript of the lyrics.

ElvisI know, I know. You’ve got a special certain someone on your shopping list, and you’re looking for that perfect gift that says, “Hey, I don’t have a damned clue what to get you.” Well, we would like to suggest maybe a WowWee Elvis Alive Talking Robot with microphone-shaped remote control. Limit 5 per customer. And don’t forget the batteries, either – this sucker requires 8 Ds and 3 AAAs. (Thanks to Paul Rapp for the tip.)

Read the rest of this entry »

SPAC Dumps Ticketmaster

December 14th, 2009, 10:30 am by Greg
An artist paints on the lawn at SPAC before a performance of the Philadelphia Orchestra last August (Photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

An artist paints on the lawn at SPAC before a performance of the Philadelphia Orchestra last August (Photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Next summer, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center will begin employing a new ticketing system. Instead of Ticketmaster, SPAC will use the Theatre Manager Ticketing System. The announcement was made on Friday at a meeting of SPAC’s Board of Directors.

The new ticketing system will apply only to SPAC events – the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York City Ballet, Friehoffer’s Jazz Festival, the Chamber Music Series, other Spa Little Theater performances, etc.

Tickets for the pop and rock concerts produced by Live Nation will continue to be processed through Live Nation’s own ticketing system, which was implemented at SPAC earlier this year.

Read the rest of this entry »

Holly & EvanJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysCartoonist John CaldwellThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantCaffe LenaAdvertise on Nippertown!Artist Charles HaymesAlbany Poets