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Post by tracyann » Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:09 pm

I saw the *second* the tickets went online and meanwhile my friend was manning the phone in another state. Nothing. Nada. Stupid. Did a billionaire buy all the tickets and save none for me?
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Post by feder84 » Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:32 pm

I was on Ticketmaster from 8.30 EST and...nothing!! I refreshed the webpage in the EXACTLY moment they started to sell the tickets.

It sounds strange that there were 1000 tickets.
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Post by lizzytysh » Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:35 pm

Can management choose their ticket-sale outlet or is that determined by the venue? This is sounding very VERY odd...

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Post by Newsie » Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:44 pm

No. A billionaire didn't buy up all the tickets.

these greedy jerks did - and I'm sure they don't even care about the music
http://www.tickettango.com/ResultsTicke ... nard+Cohen
http://www.ticketspot.com/ResultsTicket ... nard+Cohen

Jerks. I cannot afford those prices.
My husband is the fan, and he's made me one. I even gave him a wedding present with a Leonard lyric on it. (we've been married just over a year)

He was so upset that we couldn't make the "out of country" shows.
I told him if Leonard did a US show I'd find a way for us to go.
But, those prices are horrible! who can afford that????

I even had ticketmaster text me to make sure I didn't forget.. I was there at 9am and nothing... auuughgg
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Post by friscogrl » Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:47 pm

Yes, this is quite a heartbreaker. We were precisely on it too for the pre-sale and then again this morning trying to buy tickets on ticketmaster. I guess 1,000 people were seconds faster than us.
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Post by MaryB » Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:48 pm

Any chance that Ticketmaster did NOT have 1000 tickets to sell?
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Post by Newsie » Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:50 pm

MaryB wrote:Any chance that Ticketmaster did NOT have 1000 tickets to sell?
well, my question is...how did those places get so many tickets?
Those links I have have at least 100+ tickets each... and that's that just two, there are another dozen or more out there...

*sour grapes*
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Post by Mabeanie1 » Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:50 pm

This is looking incredibly like the Manchester Opera House farce where those who were quickest (made the pre-sale before everything went in this case) got tickets at the back of the gallery, the rest got nada. Concert for fans???? Anything but from what I can see.

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Post by da2008 » Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:03 pm

with all due respect, tickets were available for about 40 minutes on wednesday. today was a typical ticketmaster farce. as indicated in one of my other posts - don't pay touts - tickets might still be released up until the day of the show. unfortunately, this happens all the time.
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Post by Dumbjaw » Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:07 pm

An email from a friend: "Got em. Ticketmaster stresses me the f**k out. I tried like 10 times right at 9 and finally got a ticket at like 9:05."

So tickets were definitely available.

What people are experiencing are very common with small shows with tickets sold through Ticketmaster.

One of the best practices I've seen is when Tool put on a small pre-tour show at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The only way you could get tickets was to show up at the venue itself. No online sales at all. I ended up camping out on the sidewalk for 18 hours to get mine.
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Post by RainDog1980 » Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:15 pm

You know, what boggles my mind is that there is someone on ebay who has 12 tickets, 8 in the orchestra and 4 in the LOGE. It drives me nuts. And obviously were bought during presale, because they've been up for a few days.
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Post by tracyann » Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:29 pm

I'm not trying to be a jerk, really, but I just don't understand how it is humanly possible for all the tickets to vanish the moment that they (supposedly) went on sale. My conspiracy theory is that there is a ticket buying equivalent of jbidwatcher that scoops them up.

[My only solace is that I'm not the only one who feels duped, but I'm sorry you all do, too.]
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Post by imaginary friend » Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:31 pm

I'm Mac based, and for some reason, the password box did not show up on the page on Jan 14 on Safari, the Mac internet program. I kept trying to refresh frantically, then downloaded Firefox. We got into the LC/password area immediately on Firefox. Both my daughter and I kept trying non-stop to purchase (we were at ticketmaster.com) and I actually got 2 tickets, but when I tried to purchase on my Ticketmaster account (previously set up as Jarkko had kindly advised), I got a message saying my account was with ticketmaster.ca! By the time I'd logged in to .ca, I had 15 seconds left to complete, and my time had elapsed.

Up again at 5:30 am PST this morning, and tried non-stop until 7:00 am, but no luck :cry:

It's not the end of the world. I was lucky enough to attend an extraordinary concert in Montreal, for which I am very thankful. Maybe he'll tour the West Coast of Canada & US on his way back from the Pacific, but he might be exhausted by then.

Congrats to all who managed to get tickets. Enjoy, enjoy enjoy, and report!
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Post by poppyrevolution » Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:32 pm

I too tried many ways to get tickets! I don't have enough swear words to describe how I feel at being told at 9:03 there were no tickets available! You've got to be kidding me! How can this happen?
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Post by suwalsh » Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:34 pm

Hi all,

I also am very upset about this. I was online before and after 9 am EST and could not get tickets. At 9:20, I went to ticketmaster's brokered site, ticketsnow.com, and there were 80 available at $200 to $1200. Ticketmaster is doing its' own dirty business. I am going to report them to the Better Business Bureau. This is so upsetting because Cohen is my favorite musician and during these hard times most people can't afford the above scalped prices...

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