What Are Ticket Fees? Why are they necessary? And most importantly, how do I avoid them?
Ticket processing charges are secondary ticket market’s fees for making the ticket available to you. So basically that extra 15$ you’re paying, you guessed it… goes directly into the pockets of the guys over at Ticketmaster, StubHub and others, not to the promoter, team, or venue.
Typical fees added to a ticket’s face value include:
- Service Charge – This is Ticketmaster’s charge for the general service they provide and maintain. The amount paid may depend upon the method of payment (by phone, online, or in person). in most instances service charges amount to up to 50% of a ticket’s face value
- Building Facility Charge – This is determined by the venue, and not Ticketmaster. This fee is Typically retained by facility
- Processing Charge – This is Ticketmaster’s charge for processing your order and making the tickets available to you. This is usually not a per ticket charge, but rather a per order charge.
- Shipping Charge, E-Ticket Convenience Charge, Will Call Charge – Ticketmaster charges a fee for ticket delivery, whether the tickets are mailed to the customer, printed out at home, or collected from the venue. The charge for printing out the ticket at home is often higher than the fee to have the ticket physically mailed to you
You have a few options to acquire event tickets without paying all of fees that Ticketmaster charges:
Go to the Box Office – You won’t be able to avoid all of the fees, but you’ll at least be able to throw out the “convenience charge” by purchasing your tickets directly from the venue you would like to purchase tickets from. If all it takes is a quick trip over to the stadium, saving nearly 20% on the total price is well worth it. If it’s convenient, I’d recommend calling and buying the ticket in person. Many box offices won’t take phone or online orders, so you’ll have to physically go to the box office and buy it there.
Try to Win Some – Radio stations almost always have contests to give away tickets to upcoming sporting events. The dirty little secret in the radio industry is that very few people actually call in and try to win tickets for a lot of events, so your odds are a lot better than you might think. Sometimes no one will call in at all, especially on smaller stations, and they’ll make up a name of a supposed winner.