Ticketmaster is now out in the open that they will use their power to pick and choose winners and losers and ignore the idea of equal and fair access to people- under the law. In January, the ticket company restricted ticket sales to a popular championship by zipcode- and now “conspiracy theorists” are proved right about the abusive practices by the company.
“Fans were able to start buying tickets Monday to watch the Cincinnati Bengals play in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs at their home stadium in Missouri.
Tickets went on sale at 8 a.m. ET, but Jackson County taxpayers in Missouri get to purchase them first, according to Ticketmaster. To qualify, fans must use a credit card with a billing zip code in Jackson County.
For the rest of the general public, a limited number of tickets went on sale at 11 a.m. ET. Ticketmaster is starting single tickets at $445 and they go up to $1,595.”
San Franciso Gate reported on how Ticketmaster backtracked after public pressure about the restrictions:
Controversial restriction on 49ers-Rams NFC Championship Game tickets abruptly disappears on Ticketmaster
The notice on Ticketmaster that restricted NFC Championship Game tickets to those with Los Angeles-area ZIP codes had abruptly and unceremoniously disappeared from the ticketing site’s website by Monday morning.
Previously, a fan attempting to buy tickets would see a notice alerting them that “Public sales to the game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA will be restricted to residents of the Greater Los Angeles region,” and, “Residency will be based on credit card billing address at checkout.”
Suspicions rose immediately that Ticketmaster was picking winners and losers, and restricting certain people from getting tickets:
It appears the Rams are already afraid that the 49ers will again make SoFi Stadium their home — they're trying to restrict ticket sales for a potential NFC title game by geography.
IMO pathetic and also premature — LA isn't even in the title game yet pic.twitter.com/G8VmbG9muv
— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself) January 23, 2022
After the ZipCode notice disappeared there was a COVID notice, according to people who were shopping for event tickets:
I’m in Houston and this is the only NOTE that pops up when you go to buy tickets. pic.twitter.com/Yr8OrHRn6L
— Deem (@49ersDeem) January 24, 2022
Complaints about Ticketmaster are epic- online, including people from around the world:
I hate ticketmaster queues. pic.twitter.com/8Jm1NrXFrC
— Hayley gets deja vu 🍓🍦 (@sourhaylss) January 24, 2022
“Why do we request your address, zip code, postal code and or phone number?
Why do we request your address, zip code, postal code and or phone number?
The information requested may be used for a variety of purposes related to the ticket purchase transaction. These purposes can vary by transaction, but include, for example, allowing us to: ship/deliver tickets and/or receipts; respond to customer service requests; review and enforce limits on the number of tickets purchased per event and to help prevent credit card fraud.
UH-HUH… CREDIT CARD FRAUD-RIGHT?
The company must have known they had an issue, as reported online 9 years ago where a man from Australia reports having trouble getting tickets due to his zipcode:
And exposed online 9 years ago, that their cover of “credit card fraud” is nonsense:
Here the poster says he tried a different credit card- and is told that he will need to establish an account- giving the ticket sellers more private information about himself to be able to purchase the tickets.
There were plenty of problems with asking about zip codes:
But TicketMaster, what if I don't know all the cities or zipcodes in the 13 states I'm willing… https://t.co/F1cBtcIgs2
— Beautiful Believer🎶 (@BYBeliever) November 23, 2017
@Caroguida Hi. Zipcodes are a system of postal codes used by the US, with only numbers, no letters.
— Ticketmaster (@Ticketmaster) December 23, 2012
— Katie 'WEAR A MASK' Cullen (@Kiaxet) November 14, 2014
So – it appears that Ticketmaster is busted. Back to that Championship game:
A spokesperson for Ticketmaster referred SFGATE to the Los Angeles Rams for all policy changes. The Rams then told SFGATE that the policy was lifted after all available tickets were purchased during a presale over the weekend.
“The Rams implemented the restriction because the regular season finale vs. the San Francisco 49ers saw so many Niners fans in the stands the home team had to go to a silent count on offense. It was such a problem that the wives of Matthew Stafford and Andrew Whitworth have begged Rams fans not to sell their tickets to opposing fans,” Eric Ting wrote for SFGate.
JUST ANOTHER FAILURE BY THE GOVERNMENT POWERS MEANT TO WATCH THESE ISSUES
TicketMaster may need to be investigated for having a monopoly.
We're keeping an eye on this one. Much like the U.S., Canada should be fighting the Live Nation/Ticketmaster monopoly. https://t.co/ZjMzSugJsF
— Fan Freedom (@FanFreedom) January 21, 2022
What these advocates are trying to sell you on is:
1) Seamless distribution experience
2) Eliminating fraud
3) Owning a piece of “the show” with a non-fungible token license
This is all snake oil so that additional royalties can be distributed amongst the primary vendors.
— Wob (@WobBurner) January 19, 2022
If readers who want to go down a rabbit hole- on the problem with giving TicketMaster too much power- check this out:
Going down a rabbit home about Ticketmaster- https://t.co/XcCapIg2tC
— Kari Baxter Donovan Media 🇺🇸🎆🥊🔥🍊 (@Saorsa1776) January 26, 2022