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58 comments

Grossly overpriced tickets for my FRIENDS too! (2)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 2 years ago | (#37196206)

Now all my Facebook friends can get raped WITH me! Thanks, Ticketmaster!

Re:Grossly overpriced tickets for my FRIENDS too! (0)

badboy_tw2002 (524611) | more than 2 years ago | (#37196872)

And I can see if your friends are hot before I decide to go to the show and rape you! Amazing! Thanks, Ticketmaster!

I despise TicketMaster, but (3, Funny)

John Bresnahan (638668) | more than 2 years ago | (#37196240)

this seems like a clever idea.

Too bad I will never take advantage of it, because I despise TicketMaster. Also, I don't have any Facebook friends.

Re:I despise TicketMaster, but (1, Interesting)

flaming error (1041742) | more than 2 years ago | (#37196344)

> I despise TicketMaster
Monopolies rarely engender good will. But unlike, say, taxes, at least you get a service you really want and nobody puts a gun to your head.

Re:I despise TicketMaster, but (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37196486)

Monopolies rarely engender good will. But unlike, say, taxes, at least you get a service you really want and nobody puts a gun to your head.

I expect that's supposed to be a joke of some sort but for the avoidance of doubt - I get services I want from my taxes. Like roads. And policing. And defense. And (where I live) health care. Street lighting. Pavements. Libraries. Health standards for food production, distribution and preparation. In fact, you might want to live in some free for all capitalist utopia where everything goes by ability to pay but what I get from my taxes, most of all, is a relatively pleasant society to live in. And while I don't doubt it would be possible for them to be far more efficient and provide an even better deal, it's actually still an amazing bargain.

Re:I despise TicketMaster, but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37196514)

inb4 "MOVE TO SOMALIA U LIBERTARIAN FAGGOT."

Aww, shit. I guess I wasn't inb4, was I?

Thanks for reminding us of all the things that about 10% of our taxes go to pay for, Pres. Obama.

Re:I despise TicketMaster, but (1, Interesting)

flaming error (1041742) | more than 2 years ago | (#37197014)

> I get services I want from my taxes
Good point. But I also get services I don't want. Like warrantless surveillance, elective wars, debt, and wall street bailouts. And if one looks at the distribution of taxes, one can see that the things I don't want are where the bulk of the taxes go.

> it's actually still an amazing bargain.
Where do you live?

> you might want to live in some free for all
> capitalist utopia
Then again, I might not. I'd settle for a place where the gov't obeys the law and the people can change the law. You know of a place like that, do let me know.

Re:I despise TicketMaster, but (1)

alex67500 (1609333) | more than 2 years ago | (#37197632)

I'd settle for a place where the gov't obeys the law and the people can change the law. You know of a place like that, do let me know.

I don't live there, but that's the image that Sweden gives me...

Re:I despise TicketMaster, but (0)

bky1701 (979071) | more than 2 years ago | (#37201876)

Sweden, the country where anyone can and does get arrested for "sexual assault," which was only made un-consensual after the fact? Where people's servers are stolen even though they violated none of the laws of the country? Yeah, rule of law is strong there...

Re:I despise TicketMaster, but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37198938)

The bulk of your money goes to warrantless surveillance, elective wars, debt, and wall street bailouts? Where the hell are you? In the US, the federal breakdown is like this:

Defense - 25%
Health Care - 23%
Social Security - 22%
Income Assistance - 12%
Interest - 6%
Education - 3%
Transportation - 3%
Immigration and Law Enforcement - 2%
General Government - 1%
Other - 4%

Re:I despise TicketMaster, but (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 2 years ago | (#37196532)

at least you get a service you really want and nobody puts a gun to your head

Ticketmaster reserves that treatment for bands. Except of course, the few that are powerful enough that they don't need Ticketmaster.

Re:I despise TicketMaster ( . ) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37197732)

... the service YOU want maybe... Since every scalper/hacker knows how to game the Ticketmasterd system, all I get is the opportunity to support an insane price while the band I might like to see get hosed.

That's not a deal I have any desire, whatsoever, to have take advantage of me.

Re:I despise TicketMaster, but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37196582)

Forever Alone guy is just jealous :(

Re:I despise TicketMaster, but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37197378)

For "friends" read "psychotic stalkers."

Re:I despise TicketMaster, but (1)

Asic Eng (193332) | more than 2 years ago | (#37197522)

Also, I don't have any Facebook friends.

The very same technology could come in useful to avoid your Facebook enemies.

Woooo! More fees!!! (1)

Conrthomas (1993390) | more than 2 years ago | (#37196250)

For only an additional 13.95, you can sit with your friends that we pull from your facebook, along with ALL your personal data! (Disclaimer: this is an assumption)

Can I sit in... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37196262)

An area without Facebook users?

Re:Can I sit in... (1)

piripiri (1476949) | more than 2 years ago | (#37196274)

You're so old school!

Re:Can I sit in... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37196356)

Yeah, I want to sit with people from my BBS. It'll be like a GT.

Re:Can I sit in... (1)

Americano (920576) | more than 2 years ago | (#37196628)

I bet he rides a fixie to all the indie shows he goes to. And I bet he'd love to tell us all about those bands, but it would be pointless - we've never heard of any of them, and probably wouldn't get their clever references to David Foster Wallace and Nick Hornby at all.

Re:Can I sit in... (2)

hedwards (940851) | more than 2 years ago | (#37196676)

Pssh, I was hating Facebook before it became popular to hate Facebook. Poseurs.

Re:Can I sit in... (1)

LordSnooty (853791) | more than 2 years ago | (#37203948)

Good idea. I expect the correlation between Facebook users and idiots who film the entire concert on their crappy mobile phones to be strong.

Friend requests (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37196304)

Adding all those unknown people on facebook seemed like a good idea at the time, its never too late to un-friend.

assassinate (1, Interesting)

Locq (2372448) | more than 2 years ago | (#37196330)

way to broadcast exactly where you will be. is everyone on facebook so starved out for attention they have to do this??

Re:assassinate (1)

Americano (920576) | more than 2 years ago | (#37196580)

Yeah, because my overriding concern when I go to a concert is "will somebody attempt to assassinate me tonight?"

Unless your name is Abraham Lincoln, your odds of being "assassinated" at a concert are pretty much dead even with your odds of being struck by a meteorite while you stand there.

Re:assassinate (3, Insightful)

soundguy (415780) | more than 2 years ago | (#37196732)

The odds of your house being burglarized while the entire world knows you are not at home, however, are considerably higher.

Re:assassinate (1)

Americano (920576) | more than 2 years ago | (#37197172)

1) If somebody is specifically targeting you - finding you on facebook, tracking your movements - they can easily & trivially know whether you're in or out by simply watching your house. When they see you leave, they know you're no longer at your house.

2) If the burglary is one of random opportunity, they're not monitoring your facebook account to see if you're home. They're looking for a house with lights off, no evident activity.

3) Your location info need not be shared with anybody else, unless you're a moron and don't know how to restrict access.

4) There has been, what, one verifiable incident of people "targeting" homes by using Facebook's checkin feature? And even that, dubious cause & effect?

Given all that, I'd say your odds of being assassinated are just about even with your likelihood of being struck by a meteorite, OR having your home burglarized *by someone tracking you on Facebook* while you're out.

Relax. You're not that important, and random burglaries are random.

Re:assassinate (1)

itchythebear (2198688) | more than 2 years ago | (#37196746)

And if you are Abe Lincoln, just don't friend anyone named John Wilkes Booth.

Re:assassinate (1)

Americano (920576) | more than 2 years ago | (#37197196)

True - Facebook doesn't allow fake names.

Re:assassinate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37200710)

Hey man, you don't even know that guy. Where do you get off telling him that he shouldn't be so concerned about such things. Just because the threat of assassination is trivial to you, doesn't mean it is to him, YOU INSENSITIVE CLOD.

I mean, that could be Qaddafi's sock puppet posting from the recently restored Libyan internet. You never know.

Cool! (3, Insightful)

netdigger (847764) | more than 2 years ago | (#37196348)

...But I'm going to book my tickets with the friends I want to sit with. I could just imagine that one awkward person on your friends list coming and sitting next to you.

Re:Cool! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37198236)

Why are they your friend then? If you treat friends as friends, rather than some competition to have the most, you would likely be delighted to sit next to them barring a date or something in that vein.

Re:Cool! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37199186)

I could just imagine that one awkward person on your friends list coming and sitting next to you

Thanks for letting me know that you're the type who judges others.

Why did it take Facebook for them to do this? (3, Interesting)

LordKronos (470910) | more than 2 years ago | (#37196396)

I absolutely can not believe that it took some stupid facebook integration bs to actually get this done. It's ridiculous that ticketmaster hasn't allowed you to choose seats all along. Every time I get tickets, you get to choose from 1 of 3 broad regions (main floor, lower bowl, and upper bowl). That's it. You can't even choose a specific section, much less a row or seat. A few months ago, a friend wanted tickets for a specific section of the arena, and we actually had to wait 4 days before enough tickets had sold that it began selling in the section he wanted. That's absolutely ridiculous.

Re:Why did it take Facebook for them to do this? (1)

Aerynvala (1109505) | more than 2 years ago | (#37196540)

What's always vexed me is the whole "best seat" thing that ticketmaster does. Their definition of a best seat and mine tend to differ quite a lot.

Re:Why did it take Facebook for them to do this? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 2 years ago | (#37196996)

Since I've shopped for ticketing solutions my response is I have no fucking idea either. About half of them don't even have this feature, as if it were hard or something. The other half will take your custom floor plan and then they manually build an electronic floor plan that the system can utilize. I evaluated ticketmaster as well as a variety of solutions in and out of house and it was shocking how bad most of them are.

This ability was built in to their system... (1)

Anyd (625939) | more than 2 years ago | (#37197474)

This ability (choosing specific seats, not Facebook integration) was built into their POS systems at least since '99. Back then I worked in a record store with a Ticketmaster terminal, and you could definitely look for specific seats. You needed a detailed floor plan of the venue, since the terminal was ASCII, but you could do it.

Re:This ability was built in to their system... (2)

kent_eh (543303) | more than 2 years ago | (#37200116)

It still is.
As you said, all you need to do is physically go to a ticketmaster retailer (or *gasp* even the venue's box office), and you can select any exact seat you want if it's not already sold.

finally, something bleeping useful (1)

craftycoder (1851452) | more than 2 years ago | (#37196402)

Finally Facebook integration leads to something useful. Now, I'm not about to give those delta-bravos access to my Facebook data, but still it's pretty cool for people who don't care about their friends or their own privacy.

Only useful if they buy tickets immediately (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37196416)

Good luck getting more than two adjacent seats without purchasing them at the same time.

A better feature would be to allow people to swap seats with other people (within a section), instead of trying to do it at the concert when everyone's trying to get to their seat.

assassinations (1)

Aryden (1872756) | more than 2 years ago | (#37196542)

Man that will be so much easier when you don't have to search a crowd for someone.

Ticketmaster is biased (1)

ArhcAngel (247594) | more than 2 years ago | (#37196548)

What if I want to sit with my Google+ friends?

Re:Ticketmaster is biased (1)

AmberBlackCat (829689) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198780)

Tell them all to sign up for Facebook and use that to book the seats. You can start by setting your Google+ profile picture to a graphic that says "I've moved to Facebook".

Re:Ticketmaster is biased (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37203616)

What if your Facebook profile picture is a graphic that says "I've moved to Google+"?

Nice (1)

Mordermi (2432580) | more than 2 years ago | (#37196552)

Now it will be much easier to stalk that cute girl... I mean, conveniently end up in the seat next to her.

Stalkers rejoice (1)

Steven_M_Campbell (409802) | more than 2 years ago | (#37196704)

So glad we're doing more to aid the stalkers and other folks you don't really want to be around. I'm sure this will be handled with all of the responsibility and good judgment we see exercised by companies handling personal information.

Probably not the first to express this response... (0)

SethJohnson (112166) | more than 2 years ago | (#37196768)

Fuck Facebook.
Fuck Ticketmaster.

Seth

won't ever work (1)

Nyder (754090) | more than 2 years ago | (#37196892)

In my experience, if you want seats next to people you know, you have to buy up a whole bunch at the same time, and even then, it's usually hard to get more then 2 seats together, if that. Mainly if what you are going to is popular, or like a one night show.

Great now if ticketmaster can... (1)

brim4brim (2343300) | more than 2 years ago | (#37197176)

make the fucking website usable, I might be able to buy tickets. I've only tried to buy from it once and it was like getting kicked in the face a few times and I got about as much out of it.

Log in at 9 for tickets going on sale at 9, website fails to load, website eventually loads, tickets sold out. Its not even 5 past 9. Why not just use a bloody email sign up lottery system? Enter email, you can sign up and enter your friends emails to ensure you get seats together because the system can process it that way once all entered on same form. If your submission number gets picked in lottery then you all get the seats unless there is not enough seats left for your group in which case it picks a new number until it finds a match.

Why can't such a system just be put in place over the current everybody rush for the doors and see if you all fit through mechanism? Isn't this the sort of moronic real world problem that the Internet allows us to solve? Why replicate the real world problem onto the Internet?

Re:Great now if ticketmaster can... (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 2 years ago | (#37197664)

make the fucking website usable, I might be able to buy tickets. I've only tried to buy from it once and it was like getting kicked in the face a few times and I got about as much out of it.

Log in at 9 for tickets going on sale at 9, website fails to load, website eventually loads, tickets sold out. Its not even 5 past 9. Why not just use a bloody email sign up lottery system? Enter email, you can sign up and enter your friends emails to ensure you get seats together because the system can process it that way once all entered on same form. If your submission number gets picked in lottery then you all get the seats unless there is not enough seats left for your group in which case it picks a new number until it finds a match.

Why can't such a system just be put in place over the current everybody rush for the doors and see if you all fit through mechanism? Isn't this the sort of moronic real world problem that the Internet allows us to solve? Why replicate the real world problem onto the Internet?

TicketMaster instantly sells out because behind the scenes they're shuffling off 99% of the tickets to TicketsNow.com .
TicketsNow.com is, of course, complete owned by TicketMaster. It's basically scalper.com - tickets are listed and sold by people (TicketMaster bots), and the site takes a percentage of each sale.
Now if a show/event doesn't do too well, the tickets that were moved from TicketNaster to TicketsNow magically go back to TicketMaster, with all listing fees forgiven, and TicketMaster advertises the fact that they have more tickets to sell, only to repeat the process.

They do this so they can say they're selling the tickets at the advertised price, while actually selling the bulk of them for much more on TicketsNow.com .

Any event / venue that uses TicketMaster is retarded.

So what's the convenience charge for this? (1)

Dracos (107777) | more than 2 years ago | (#37197712)

I'm guessing it'll be somewhere around $11.95 per ticket.

Usefuleness? (1)

TheABomb (180342) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198046)

Every time I've used TM, the best you could do is choose a price level and I automatically got assigned the "best" seats in the corresponding section. Will they actually hold seats around the ones bought long enough for one's friends to notice and buy them, or is this one of those "Just because you can do something clearly means you should" cases?

Re:Usefuleness? (1)

AmberBlackCat (829689) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198832)

Maybe people will click on seats that are further back, so the seats beside them will be available. Or maybe this won't work and it's just a way to get more people to sign up for Facebook.

This is perfect. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37198648)

I hate Ticketmaster, and I hate Facebook. I use both as reluctantly and as infrequently as can be managed. To those who cite all kinds of potential unintended consequences of this, I would only point out that the people who hapilly and willingly allow themselves to be used by these two entities probably deserve whatever comes of it.

Wonderful! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37200564)

Great news! Now if they'll just realize that charging extra for the privilege of printing out your tickets from email is fucking asinine.

Circle of evil (1)

Zaiff Urgulbunger (591514) | more than 2 years ago | (#37200606)

How about, since there's no way (AFAIK) to "enemy" someone on Facebook, if I set up a "circle of evil" on Google+ and could use that to AVOID people who I don't want to socialise?

Whilst it sounds dumb -- why would I have any relationship with such people? -- I might just wish to avoid bumping into people from work when I'm with my friends.

IMHO this is would be *VASTLY* more useful than being able to sit with friends... if they're real friends, I prolly would've arranged something with them anyway.

Ticketmaster makes me hate tickets (1)

rastoboy29 (807168) | more than 2 years ago | (#37200890)

The cable companies make me hate cable, which by all rights I should love.

Ticketmaster makes me feel like a tool when I buy tickets, with their exhorbitant fees.  So I hate buying tickets, which by all rights I should love.

Nice job.  Ripe for competition, I think.

Re:Ticketmaster makes me hate tickets (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37224528)

Ripe for competition

bring it, geeks. All these obsolete complaints (not being able to pick specific seats...that was um, before the clickable seat maps this post was about) and the moaning about popular events selling out so quickly (how about seeing a show in a more interesting niche than the teen-idol sell-outs?) ... don't get out much? ... lately?

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