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Thread #164624   Message #3941656
Posted By: Joe Offer
04-Aug-18 - 08:46 PM
Thread Name: Rant Warning: Booking Fees on Tickets
Subject: RE: Rant Warning: Booking Fees on Tickets
Our local campus of the University of California has tickets for a September performance of Lyle Lovett for $79, plus $10 service charge for tickets. The $10 charge stays the same, no matter how many tickets or how much the price. Years ago, I skipped a Doc Watson concert at this same theater because the ticket service charge was too high. Wish I could remember how much it was at the time, but I think it was considerably higher than $10.
I guess I don't mind a $10 fee, but free is better.

The Sacramento theater-in-the-round has tickets for Little Shop of Horrors for $83, plus $10.50 per ticket "convenience fee," plus $3.75 "processing fee" no matter how many tickets you buy. This theater sells tickets through a commercial enterprise called, which may be why the service charge is much higher than it is at the university theater.

So, I stick to performances in our little town 50 miles from Sacramento. I saw a nice production of The Producers for a senior price of $22 (no service charge for online purchase); and local house concerts are $20-$25 at the door, with never a service charge.