How The Internet Is beginning to change The Way We Buy Concert Tickets
Buying concert tickets was once so uncomplicated. Whenever the best bands tipped up in the Newcastle City Hall, I’d join the queue with a huge selection of other freezing fans outside of the box-office hoping that I wasn’t too late to get my eager hands on a couple of tickets. Actually, I remember when I lost my concert virginity — it was Ten Years After, a band that had actually played at Woodstock, which, obviously, made them uber-cool in the mid-70’s. I suggest you check them out on YouTube, especially if you’re a tad partial to the lost art of the ten minute guitar solo! — Martin Lawrence Music R&B RNB HipHop
A lot has changed since those days, and I’m not just discussing the music. Nowadays, virtually no-one obtains a ticket from the theatre box-office as the advent of the internet has irrevocably changed the landscape of concert ticket sales. Yes, we can still see the ads for concerts within our local newspapers and in the music press, however they now direct us to some plethora of websites and ticket agencies, with out telling us how much the tickets will cost.
On the one hand, tickets are now available at the click of the mouse, but, paradoxically, it is now harder than ever to get hold of those tickets that people really want to buy. Let’s be honest, the hottest gig and festival tickets usually sell within hours, so many of us have turned to the ticket exchanges in order to secure the tickets that people want, and cannot get elsewhere. But the problem with these exchanges is always that their fees tend to be higher than those charged through the regular ticket agencies, and that we all have a sneaking suspicion that concert promoters are utilizing exchanges to artificially inflate the prices of their tickets.
Although not all ticket exchanges are identical and the aforementioned criticisms don’t apply across the board. If you shop around, you’ll find sites where the charges are reasonable and there are no hidden extras like compulsory insurance coverage or exorbitant postage charges. In fact, you’ll discover that most sellers are genuine fans with spare tickets to market, and most buyers are genuine fans just like you, and like me.
A strategy to adhere that you should embrace the modifications that the worldwide web has taken about in regard to concert ticket sales. After all, you no longer have to queue as much as buy your tickets — which cannot be a bad thing; and if you take a few minutes to shop around online, you’re sure to find a reputable seller providing the right tickets in the right prices. As soon as you’ve done that, all you need to do is take pleasure in the show — Martin Lawrence Music R&B RNB HipHop