10 Ways Restrictive Paperless Tickets Are Bad for Fans
1. No More Gifts: Restrictive paperless tickets are tied to your credit card and photo ID, so you can’t give them away to friends or family as a gift, or even at the last minute if you cannot attend a game or a show.
2. Ticket Holders Lose Everything: Some restrictive paperless tickets cannot be transferred or resold at all. So if you are thinking of buying tickets to the concert in advance, better make sure your kids don’t plan to get sick or your boss isn’t thinking of sending you an important business trip.
3. Minimum Pricing on Resale: If fans are allowed to resell their tickets, teams, venues and ticket companies often set a minimum resale price that is close to or at face-value. Good luck selling those rainy day Mets or Cavs tickets for face value.
4. Bye Bye Cheap Tickets: Have you been enjoying cheap tickets sold by season-ticket holders? Kiss those great bargains good-bye. No more $1 NBA or MLB tickets.
5. Snooze You Lose: Do you have a job that stops you from sitting at the computer at 10am when tickets go on sale? Then you’re out of luck. Thanks to restrictive paperless tickets, there will be no way to get tickets to sold-out shows.
6. Don’t Be Late! Buyers of restrictive paperless tickets must enter the game or concert together. So if one of your party is late, everyone waits outside. Imagine how much fun that will be in Minnesota in February or Florida in July.
7. More Waiting. More Lines: Paperless tickets cause delays at the door as credit cards and photo IDs get checked. And the lines are especially slow when folks have forgotten to bring the credit card they used to purchase their tickets – though the arguments can be entertaining.
8. More Fees, Less Convenience: If you are allowed to sell your ticket, Ticketmaster and other ticket agencies will be happy to charge even more fees for the convenience of transferring your ticket – even when you transfer it for free.
9. Monopoly: With restrictive paperless tickets, Ticketmaster could dominate ticketing even more than it does already. Are you ready for higher prices, more fees and poorer service?
10. No Thanks for the Memories: Remember when you treasured the ticket stubs from your first concert or ballgame – or perhaps you still collect ticket stubs today? Better print out your confirmation email, because that’s the only keepsake you’ll get from paperless tickets.