Australian companies supporting the Passbook ticket manager feature in iOS 6 aren’t exactly thick on the ground, so every addition is welcome. Ticketing site Moshtix is adding support for Passbook, meaning you can store your concert tickets on your iPhone rather than having to print a PDF.
We recently highlighted a number of tactics for making sure you get tickets for popular events. Here’s a twist on that list: buy through a credit card entertainment scheme and use the mobile site to ensure you’re not stuck in ticket timeout hell and have a reasonable choice.
Dear Lifehacker, I have just missed out on buying tickets for the concert of a lifetime (Prince in my case) after getting partway through the process and then landing on an error page. This is a very common occurrence. Are there any techniques or strategies that you know of to beat the pesky time out on the major sites, any way around the annoyingly-impossible-to-read security pictures (CAPTCHA) and any way to improve my chances of securing those all-important tickets? Thanks, Purple Strain
Online ticket seller Eventbrite has been around since 2006, and plenty of Aussies already use it: the site sold $9 million worth of tickets to Australian events last year. The company has now launched a local web presence, promising better customer support for paid events, more payment options and better resources for discovering events in your city.
We’re seeing an increasing range of options to deliver event tickets to mobile phones. That’s a potentially welcome development, but I fear it won’t result in our tickets for sporting events and concerts getting any cheaper.
Last night, the Oprah Winfrey show conducted its lottery for two shows being filmed at the Sydney Opera House on December 14. If you missed out (as most people did), don’t go hunting for tickets on eBay: the site is using the broadcast as the first chance to enforce its recently-announced free tickets policy, which bans resale of tickets that were free in the first place.
eBay policies often seem designed to benefit the auction site itself rather than consumers, but this one actually seems pretty reasonable: the site is working to ban resale of tickets for events where the tickets were originally given out for free.