Tagged With tickets

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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.

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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?

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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US-centric: Dying to catch those last few tickets for an upcoming show but don't want to be stuck with the worst seats in the room? New ticket search website SeatQuest drills down on the tickets still available in your price range (or offered for auction on eBay or elsewhere) and shows you exactly where they are. The site is still in a somewhat limited beta, so not all venues or shows are listed, but SeatQuest could save some ticket-hunting time and help late-comers find seats near their friends.

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