My sis and I decided that it’d be fun to go see the musical Wicked, which is playing here in San Francisco. Granted, like most big-budget musicals nowadays, it comes with a painfully big-budget price ($85 for decent seats, plus surcharges). But this post isn’t about surcharge-bitching.
No, I’m furious that there’s no easy way for me to see what tickets are still available. Here’s the procedure:
1) Go to Ticketmaster site, search for “Wicked” and bookmark the appropriate page.
2) Click on a date and time.
3) Choose the number and type of tickets and hit submit.
4) Type in a captcha (code designed to foil bots). Wait up to a minute.
5) Be told there are no tickets available for that performance. Return to step 2.
Would it involve rocket science for Ticketmaster to enable a feature that lets me “Search for [x] tickets for a performance on the following dates and times” or “Search for [x] tickets for a performance between these two dates…”? I mean, that ~$10/ticket or so must be paying for something, right? Oops, forgot I wasn’t going to be complaining about their usurious ticket surcharges…
Oh, and did I mention that they want us to pay $2.50 per ticket to use our own printer paper and ink printing out tickets… but will pay postage and labor and material costs to print out tickets and mail ’em to us? Aaaaaaaaaaaagh!