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ACCC Cracks Down On Drip Pricing By Ticketmaster And Ticketek

Back in February, consumer regulator the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) started a wide-ranging investigation into drip pricing: constantly adding extras during a purchase process so the final price ends up higher than expected or advertised. That campaign has scored a notable result today, with ticket agencies Ticketek and Ticketmaster promising to make their fees clearer to consumers.

When Do Presales Become Pointless?

There was a time where gaining access to a presale link for a forthcoming concert or event actually gave you an advantage. But when everyone who might want to go can easily get hold of one, are they essentially meaningless?

Moshtix Adds Support For Passbook Tickets

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.

Combine Credit Card Presales And Mobile Sites To Score Popular Concert Tickets

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.

Ask LH: How Can I Make Sure I Don't Miss Out On Tickets?

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

Eventbrite Rolls Out Australian Site

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.

I'd Love Mobile Tickets, Just Don't Charge Me Extra For Them

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.

StubHub "Years Away" For Australia Despite Evident Enthusiasm

Ticket reselling site StubHub sells tickets to thousands of events in the US each year, and Australians are the most enthusiastic non-American consumers of that service. Yet despite a recent executive visit to Australia to scope out opportunities, we won’t be seeing a local version any time soon.

Don’t Go Hunting For Oprah Tickets On eBay

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.

Why Paper Tickets Should Be More Expensive

A proposal to ditch paper tickets for public transport in favour of only using smart cards has been dumped in Queensland. I don’t think that we should be dumping paper tickets, but I do think we should be charging a lot more for them.

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