The Cure forced Ticketmaster to refund some of the outrageous fees

The Ticketmaster robber barons charged some Cure fans a service fee more than the cost of the ticket.

Get a load of these chisels:

Outraged fans began sharing the evidence on social media. For example, a screenshot showed a service fee of $11.65 and a setup fee of $10 per ticket, plus an overall order processing fee of $5.50, levied for those using the Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program. The total cost of four $20 tickets was over $172.

Imagine you buy four tickets for a total of $80 and these thieves charge you $172.

The good news is that, unlike greed kingpin Bruce Springsteen, The Cure stepped in on behalf of their fans and shamed Ticketmaster into issuing partial refunds. Robert Smith of The Cure announced this Thursday with two tweets:

After further conversation, Ticketmaster has agreed with us that many of the fees charged are unduly high and, as a gesture of goodwill, has offered a $10 per ticket refund to all verified fan accounts for transactions at the lowest price. lower and a $5 refund per ticket to all verified fan accounts for all other ticket price transactions, for all Cure shows at all venues; if you have already purchased a ticket, you will get an automatic refund; all tickets on sale tomorrow will incur a lower fee.

In general, Ticketmaster now charges four separate fees in addition to taxes and the purchase price. There are service fees, order processing fees, delivery fees, and set-up fees. That’s not counting the “over-the-top” prices that sent Springsteen’s tickets to thousands of dollars, which the “working-class hero” actually defended.

For its part, Ticketmaster has not only engaged in this indefensible behavior for two decades, but the outlet’s behavior has also escalated… And despite the best efforts of some good guys, like The Cure (such a good band ) and Pearl Jam, nothing changes, nothing improves, crony capitalism and institutional corruption continues because all the “good people” get richer…uh, I mean richuh.

How is it possible in a free country that Ticketmaster is as bad as it is and retains its monopoly? Ticketmaster is like a government program, not a company operating in a free economy.

Ticketmaster has certainly stolen my share of money over the decades. My wife and I were avid spectators. We’ve seen everyone…Springsteen, Petty, Tina Turner, Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart, Aerosmith, Santana…many of them more than once. While I wouldn’t trade those memories for anything, knowing that Ticketmaster took advantage of us always left a bad taste in those memories.

Nor would I trade free market capitalism for any other system in the world. He literally healed poverty and gave me and my family a quality of life that no pharaoh ever knew. None of this makes the sin of greed acceptable.

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