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The countdown to Christmas is officially on, and it's likely you're frantically shopping for those last-minute gifts! If you've got any regular concert-goers in your family or in your friendship groups, you'll know this time of year can be incredibly expensive. It's the same every year, the biggest artists all announce their tours at the same time, you try to secure tickets, and then you find them re-listed for five times the amount an hour later!
You’ve probably heard of Ticketmaster Platinum, you might have even been fooled by the platform previously as they advertise ‘the best seats in the house’ via ‘platinum’ deals and this can lead to buyers being fooled into paying three times the regular price, when they’re not actually getting seats with a first-class view! After investigating, Seat Surfer found that people who pay more for the Platinum tickets may end up in seats that are no better than others on general sale. Worse still, you could actually be sitting in some of the worst seats in the house - nightmare!
While Ticketmaster states the goal of the service was to give fans ‘fair and safe access to the best available tickets while enabling artists and other people involved in staging live events to price tickets closer to their true value' - don’t be fooled by this money-grabbing tactic this Christmas!
The Advertising Standards Authority recently forced Ticketmaster to change the wording around selling their ‘platinum' tickets; however, we still feel the site is incredibly misleading. Unbelievably, Ticketmaster admitted to holding up to 9% of tickets back before on-sale dates so they could sell these at ‘platinum' prices later, so, next time you're waiting to secure seats for your favourite artists and a huge portion of seats disappear into thin air, that's probably why!
Seat Surfer has been doing some investigating over recent weeks as huge concerts have been going on sale and our findings have been outrageous!
Tickets to the Canadian singer/songwriters tour sold out in under half an hour with many fans being left disappointed; however, you'll still find those pesky ‘platinum' tickets on sale via Ticketmaster today, some of which are located towards the back of the arena, and that's just unfair and cruel! Ticketmaster should be promoting honest and fair ticket prices in a market that is becoming incredibly saturated with greedy resellers!
Correct as of 8th December 2018 - Bublé tickets selling for as much as five times the original value.
It’s set to be ‘The Greatest Show’, you probably dreamed a dream of seeing , star of stage and screen on his first UK tour next year, but with tickets selling out for some venues within five minutes, only a lucky few secured seats. Ticketmaster’s ‘platinum’ seats could break your bank account this Christmas if you’re eager to go, with seats ranging from £126.30-£281.30 - unreal!
On Saturday 8th December 2018, we found tickets for Hugh Jackman’s 2019 tour selling for up to five times face-value!
Here at Seat Surfer, we offer the opportunity for real music fans to buy and sell tickets at fair prices with price caps, ensuring you don’t get ripped off! So next time you’re thinking of using Ticketmaster Platinum, Please don’t get drawn into purchasing from this absurd service this Christmas and save your money to enjoy the festive season, we promise you'll find better seats, at a lower price elsewhere! We have thousands of listings available for 2019's biggest tours,
We’re also giving away Ed Sheeran tickets over on Facebook page with the winners being announced on Christmas Day - wow! Make sure you’re in it to win it.
What do you think of Ticketmaster Platinum? Have you used it? Let us know! And, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at Seat Surfer!