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Last post 02/07/2016

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      If someone who works for Sir Paul reads this, please pass on the wish that he find some other means for selling concert tickets
      I was locked out of the presale within just a couple minutes after they went on sale for Fenway in Boston. Tried again just now at the public sale and they were all sold out, again, within minutes. It can't be humans doing this. It must be some sort of computer thing. Of course, all the tickets are already available in the secondary market at double the price. For my husband and myself, $255 each are already an indulgence we can't responsibly afford, but we would do it anyway. Now, to get two tickets, we're looking at close to $1,000. We just can't push our finances that far.
      Thanks. I hope we can catch him again someday.
      Anna and George

        You are SO right! Plus, here recently, the $700 seats have been pushed back to the 19th row on the floor and several rows back on the sides of the stage.

        I agree. $255 is already high enough!

          Total joke. When I got into Bosotn they were giving me 79.50 tickets with no view. And that was at 10:01. And we know these tickets aren't going to fans of any sort. When are people going to wake up and correct this. You would have hoped the fan presale would at least be nicer to actual fans as they were years ago. Sad state of affairs. The only good thing is that the brokers will be desperate to sell the day of the show.

            A HUGE problem with these sites, too, is the algorithms the software uses to find you tickets. It's so bloody random...I can put in the exact same stipulations for location and price and with one mouse click, I get nosebleed seats and with the other, I get front row. It makes no sense and the system, as a whole, is utterly broken.

              I know Boston had presales for Red Sox season ticket holders, too, but I heard several of them didn't get offered great seats, either.

              I agree that most onsales are a giant mess and its awful to get shut out, but I wouldn't give up on going to the concert just yet. Boston is not until July and it is a stadium show. Which means that there are lots of tickets "out there" and plenty of time to find something.

              Keep checking the regular tickets site for tickets that are added to the system or orders that fail. Also keep checking here for people with extras, and even SH for seats that are priced at the amount you want. Not every seller on SH is a scalper. Many of them are just regular people trying to sell spares. Sometimes prices can go less than face if people just want to get rid of what they have. If I want to get into a concert, I never ever ever give up at 1o:01 am on sale day. I keep looking at all of my options right up until the day of the concert. Good luck to all!

                All that you say is true, however some of us don't live near a major city so getting to these shows means travel and hotels. It would be nice to know for sure that I had a ticket to an event rather than just taking a chance on the day of the show. I've done that when double shows are involved and have been lucky, but I was already there. But it is frustrating knowing they are trying to unload the worst seats before giving out the better ones as well. This has become a common ticket practice and it is frustrating, which is why the fan presales should be more generous in offering options to the actual fans.

                  jlw44:All that you say is true, however some of us don't live near a major city so getting to these shows means travel and hotels. It would be nice to know for sure that I had a ticket to an event rather than just taking a chance on the day of the show.

                  Oh I understand. I personally hate waiting to the last minute. That's why I check the ticketing sites like TM often, sometimes daily, if I have to.

                  the fan presales should be more generous in offering options to the actual fans.

                  This is probably the only place where Paul's team can truly get involved. Despite what we would like, they can't dump the ticket companies such as TM or Tickets.com; those are chosen by the venues. But they can decide what tickets to hold back for the fans, and where those tickets are. I thought in years past, there were some very good tickets that came out of the Crowdsurge presales. I haven't done any recently, but it seems that maybe this is no longer the case?

                    Keep trying, Lyonness! I just pulled a pair of field seats in section C6 (at 105 pm East Coast time). I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

                      lucyinthesky64:Keep trying, Lyonness! I just pulled a pair of field seats in section C6 (at 1:05 pm East Coast time). I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

                      : Yay! See, that's what I meant - never give up!

                        I'm pulling up tickets. All with no view of the stage.

                          Thanks for the moral support, everyone. I wish I could wait around Fenway on the day of the show to see what comes up but, like many others, I live too far away. For me, it's a 3 1.2 hour drive, accommodations, dog kenneling and taking a vacation day from work on Monday. Not to mention, parking and taxi expenses in Boston. I'm not expecting he will ever come to Maine and Boston is as close and he'll ever get.
                          I know not everyone selling tickets are scalpers. I too had to sell extras one year, when I was able to score better seats at the presale and sold them at cost. But since I had no luck getting anything but offerings of singles in the nosebleed section at one minute past opening time, I am not optimistic that any other fans were able to get extras. The scalpers really do own the concerts. I'm betting they make more money off Paul McCartney than he does. I really don't believe he intends to have only rich people be able to afford to go.

                            Ticket reselling is a huge business and it isn't going away, unfortunately. One consolation is if you wait until the day before or day of the show you may be able to get tickets for half off or more. Ticket sellers take their chances too, and don't always sell everything. You can get some great deals if you wait.

                              beatlesfanrandy:Ticket reselling is a huge business and it isn't going away, unfortunately. One consolation is if you wait until the day before or day of the show you may be able to get tickets for half off or more. Ticket sellers take their chances too, and don't always sell everything. You can get some great deals if you wait.

                              Waiting is fine for those that don't need accommodations and travel arrangements. I'm only a 2 hr drive from Boston and since it is on a Sunday I will take a chance on the prices going down even the day of the show, but it is far from ideal and the problem is that as one person put it even though they'd like to think that Paul doesn;t profit from the fans wanting to see him, he does, because the only tickets sold up front are the ones with ridiculous prices. There was a time when he saved those great seats for fans , but not anymore. Anyone who thinks that a field seat behind the front section is good, or for that matter the first 10 or so rows, will be disappointed and watching the screens if they are lucky. And at 275 a ticket you should at least be able to see Paul, not just be there. I'd prefer the last row of a stadium then a field seat under those circumstances. But still not the best way to treat the 'fans'. There were promises made about making this website fan friendly. They took money from the 'real' fans, and then nothing happened. Now they can't even give the 'real' fans a bone with good seats. Doesn't make sense to me.

                                I sure am glad I saw all my heroes back in the day when you waited in line to buy tickets, looked at a map of the arena, picked your seats, and bought them two months before the show.

                                And tickets cost $35!! After fees, $38.50!!

                                BTW, In 1989 and 1993, the McCartney Fan Club would block seats for fans to buy. It was really cool. Is that how it still works? Doesn't sound like it.

                                  RMartinez:I sure am glad I saw all my heroes back in the day when you waited in line to buy tickets, looked at a map of the arena, picked your seats, and bought them two months before the show.

                                  And tickets cost $35!! After fees, $38.50!!

                                  BTW, In 1989 and 1993, the McCartney Fan Club would block seats for fans to buy. It was really cool. Is that how it still works? Doesn't sound like it.

                                  I don't ever quite remember being able to pick and choose where I sat. I remember being third in line for Wings at MSG and getting tickets straight back. What I didn't know is if I slipped the guy a 20 I could have gotten better seats. I waited on line after that for Nassau Collesium and did get great seats, but I wasn't anywhere near the front. More like the end to middle. The only thing I think is different is the price. Same with the Beatles. I never got to choose my seats. You sent in a check for the amount you wanted to pay and they sent you tickets. Even when Paul had the fun club , he did block off those seats for fans, but they chose them for you.

                                    We had a lottery here in Atlanta since 1989. You didn't have to be first in line. You just had to show up by a certain time at Turtle's Record Store. It wasn't until 2002 that I got decent (floor) seats online.
                                    I did stand in line at Sears in 1978 and was 2nd in line and got 2nd row center for The Beach Boys. (only because the person in front of me wanted all 6 tickets together! I took 3 and 3--both were 2nd row!)

                                      Tickets always come up near the day of the show. Many are held for American Express and any left go to general sale. I saw floor seats coming up the day before the 2nd Vancouver show for $69.

                                        Ticket for Row 12, Seat 14 cost me $401.00. Woman from Long Island, N.Y. seated in row behind me paid $160.
                                        Bought ticket through Vivid. Boo-Hoo!

                                          Shame on Paul and artist of his stature for not stepping up to do things to prevent as much of the brokers and scalpers from buying them up at such a high rate. In grand Rapids the seating capacity is almost 11,000 and the last time I looked there are over 500 seats on the resale market of just Ticketmaster. I know how the business works but there are some artist who have taken measures to cut down on this and paul does nothing?? That is part of the problem of him getting a flat rate, if it was a percentage of sales it would be different or if he cared more about what his fans are going through,but he does not unless you are one who buys the VIP ,Front Row package or similar. Sad.

                                            Too late for me but maybe another year.

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