I love the Bill Gaither Quartet. I own most of the Gaither Homecoming CDs and Videos. So when I heard that two of my favorite past members of the quartet (Mark Lowry and David Phelps) were rejoining for a tour, I was anxious to know more.
I went on-line and was referred to VividSeats.com to purchase tickets for an upcoming April concert in Fort Worth.
Long story made short...
I ended up paying $490 for 4 tickets. When I actually received the tickets, the price printed on each ticket was $39.50. Here, let me save you the time to do the math - 4 X $39.50 = $150.
I know there are various fees and surcharges and mark-ups the ticket agencies charge...BUT:
$490 - $150 = $340 in extra charges ??????
I surfed around and found similar costs on various ticket sites.
What is going on here?
The fact is, the individual consumer - that's you and me - has little chance of buying good seats for any concert directly from the original source. Large ticket agencies are buying the best seats in huge blocks.
I don't blame the Gaithers. I don't think the performers have any control over this. I do know that there is a HUGE Gaither audience of elderly retired folks on fixed incomes. I feel sorry for them - even the $39 would be a stretch, but add on the extra charges, and they are totally blocked.
Something is wrong here. Really wrong.
But if the average consumer - that's me - just puts the money down and shrugs it off as business as usual, nothing will change.
But what choice do we really have? Pay the cash and enjoy a live concert, or save the money and stay home with my iPod?