Opinons: Presale vs. public sale

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Opinons: Presale vs. public sale

Postby Damfino » Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:49 pm

Like many, I’ve only recently discovered this terrific forum. I seek level-headed opinions on a basic question. Forgive me if this has been discussed before.

For those of us who intend to be “first on line” for any ticket buying opportunities — is there truly any benefit to joining the presale ticket buying crapshoot — or are fans just as well off (and possibly better off) to buy (and perhaps get to choose) their seats as soon as the public sale opens?

My recent experience:
I was lucky enough to be at the Beacon Theater show (2,800 seats), and grabbed a decent loge seat via TicketMaster as soon as sales opened.

Last week, I bought a presale ticket for the Waterbury show. The ticket engine served up a so-so mezzanine seat, and I grabbed it — not wanting to risk losing out entirely.

Now, I am eager to take a date to Radio City (6,000 seats). For reasons too complicated and frustrating to recount, I let a couple of decent seats slip through my fingers during the AMEX presale. Since then, much of the ticket-buying discussion has been tinged with panic about scams, shows entirely sold out in advance....

What do the experienced concert-goers think? Should we do everything necessary to try to get one of the fan club presale seats on Sat, 3/7 — or do I have a chance of equally good or better results at the Radio City boxoffice (or online) Monday, 3/9.

Thanks for indulging my question. G
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Re: Opinons: Presale vs. public sale

Postby A Brick in the Wall » Thu Mar 05, 2009 6:11 pm

Damfino wrote:Like many, I’ve only recently discovered this terrific forum. I seek level-headed opinions on a basic question. Forgive me if this has been discussed before.

For those of us who intend to be “first on line” for any ticket buying opportunities — is there truly any benefit to joining the presale ticket buying crapshoot — or are fans just as well off (and possibly better off) to buy (and perhaps get to choose) their seats as soon as the public sale opens?

My recent experience:
I was lucky enough to be at the Beacon Theater show (2,800 seats), and grabbed a decent loge seat via TicketMaster as soon as sales opened.

Last week, I bought a presale ticket for the Waterbury show. The ticket engine served up a so-so mezzanine seat, and I grabbed it — not wanting to risk losing out entirely.

Now, I am eager to take a date to Radio City (6,000 seats). For reasons too complicated and frustrating to recount, I let a couple of decent seats slip through my fingers during the AMEX presale. Since then, much of the ticket-buying discussion has been tinged with panic about scams, shows entirely sold out in advance....

What do the experienced concert-goers think? Should we do everything necessary to try to get one of the fan club presale seats on Sat, 3/7 — or do I have a chance of equally good or better results at the Radio City boxoffice (or online) Monday, 3/9.

Thanks for indulging my question. G

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Re: Opinons: Presale vs. public sale

Postby Paula » Thu Mar 05, 2009 6:40 pm

Damfino - I think it is truly the luck of the draw there have been some who have bought pre-sale and not been happy with their tickets and some who have bought direct with ticketmaster and been over the moon.

I tended to grab the first half decent ticket and then had to buy different ones later as the ticket agencies seem to release better seats later. I then sold on the unwanted tickets on the forum. My thinking was a bird in the hand and I would rather have had a ticket rather than none at all.

I don't have that problem presently as the concerts are in the USA but I am hoping that is a dilema I have to consider again.

Good luck!!!
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Re: Opinons: Presale vs. public sale

Postby Cate » Thu Mar 05, 2009 6:49 pm

I think Paula's right, luck of the draw or a matter of odds. How many people will you be competing with in the pre-sale how many in the public sale.
I've bought tickets in two pre-sales and have been happy both times.
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Just thinking - it might also depend on which ticket agency you're dealing with.
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Re: Opinons: Presale vs. public sale

Postby bridger15 » Thu Mar 05, 2009 7:04 pm

I am satisfied with both my tickets purchased for two different concerts, one on the Jarkko Pre-Sale and one on the AMEX pre-sale. Both seats are adequate - one in a smaller concert hall in San Diego and one in a larger venue in Los Angeles.

The big bonus for me is I can now relax. I was so uptight before the pre-sales took effect, it became an obsession counting down to the actual time of the Pre-sales. I think a lot of us freaked out over all the postings leading up to the historic Beacon concert and were concerned that we would be shut out.

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Re: Opinons: Presale vs. public sale

Postby denalynn2001 » Thu Mar 05, 2009 7:14 pm

I missed the Chicago presale and tried to get tickets within 5 minutes of the start of the public sale. Zip.

Presale today for second show, got Row J and am delighted with it. Could have had DDD if I had $250+ per ticket to spend, which I do not (even if it is somebody else's money). All things considered, I am very happy and think I will just hang on to these tickets and be glad I got them.

Another poster said that Ticketmaster will allow you to cancel a ticket order if you call them and are very nice. Something to consider if you buy a pair and then something vastly better comes up. Hope this helps.

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Re: Opinons: Presale vs. public sale

Postby Damfino » Thu Mar 05, 2009 8:01 pm

Thanks, everyone, for the feedback. Having screwed-up the Radio City AMEX presale, I'll alleviate my suspense by going for the 3/7 presale — come what may. Thank you to Jarrko for that. Cheers. G
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