It has been said that the only things guaranteed in life are death and taxes. The word “fees” could easily be added to this statement and be just as accurate. Very few transactions take place today that do not include the addition of some type of fee. Look at any monthly utility bill, check over a bank statement or really inspect a receipt for plane tickets or a hotel room. Even dining out includes the fee known as a tip. The expectation of fees requires people to always leave extra in their budget for no matter what they want to do. Purchasing tickets to a concert will produce the same scenario unless ticket buyers are aware of the situation and make smart choices about where their tickets are purchased.
Concert tickets seem pretty straight forward. People are renting out a seat for a specified period of time on a certain day. That is all. There is very little added to the transaction in the form of additional services. Most concert goers will not be ushered to their seat, waited on or given any additional comforts or services beyond the show they intended to see. Yet, nearly every ticket will come with an added fee. It is so commonplace that people rarely search out tickets that are available without a fee.
Common Ticket Fees
- Order processing fee
- Resale service fee
- Self-printed ticket fee
- Facility fee
- Convenience charge
These extra charges are frustrating because everyone understands that the tickets are only a small portion of the cost of attending any type of event. There are transportation and parking expenses, refreshments and souvenirs once the event night arrives. Since people work hard for their money it makes sense they should want to save whenever they can. Paying a few additional dollars for a fee to a concert or other event may seem minor but some sellers tack on enough charges to equal 40-50 percent of the original ticket price. Avoid spending money for nothing and always seek out fee-free tickets for every concert and event. They do exist, are entirely legal and the savings can be surprising.