FTC to Hold Workshop Examining Online Event Ticket Sale - Agency Seeks Input in Advance of March 2019 Workshop; Project No. P18450
I recently attempted to purchase tickets for a musical concert in Portland, OR for April 5, 2019. I was appalled to find that any seat through Ticketmaster was a minimum of $118 for very distant seats, and did not include the additional fees. As the prices of events have increased substantially, additional feels almost make it prohibitive for (at least seniors) to consider a fine arts performance. Additionally, seats at the lower end of the spectrum are sometimes physically challenging to navigate, regardless of a handicap status. When considering the cost of a fine arts performance, for a reasonable seat for two people, it would be a minimum of $300, not including parking and additional fees on top of that. Ticketmaster, Stub Hub and other agencies selling tickets are out of line in their additional fees (especially when they can be downloaded or e-mailed), and ANY fees should be disclosed up front or show as included in the cost of tickets.