When selecting a ticket to the upcoming Kanye West and Jay-Z concert, view where friends have already snagged seats and opt to purchase available seats in the same section. Or, buy tickets in a completely different section if that's your game. Show friends or all-event attendees where you're sitting by tagging your seat via Facebook once the ticket purchase is complete. Over 9,000 interactive seating maps are available on Ticketmaster and Live Nation's websites, upping the chance of your local venue using the social service.
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- Ticket sellers Ticketmaster and Live Nation are expected to merge. — New York Times
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- Walt Disney Studios has entered into an exclusive long-term distribution arrangement with DreamWorks Studios. — ComingSoon
Last weekend I went to a NHL hockey game and purchased the tickets online from a random ticket site (which I'd love to name but won't) because all the tickets on Ticketmaster were sold out. I didn't think twice about it or question the legitimacy of the alternate ticket site I used. When I received the tickets, I was shocked to learn they were print-out tickets purchased directly from Ticketmaster and they each said $46 dollars on them—I paid a whopping $88 each. Not only did this shady ticket service purchase mass quantities of tickets so others couldn't buy them off Ticketmaster, but they jacked up the price to an exorbitant amount.
Thankfully a judge has granted a request by Ticketmaster to block RMG technologies from buying or facilitating the purchase of tickets from Ticketmaster's website for the purpose of reselling them. RMG Software (their sketchy site says it all) is said to be responsible for helping scalpers get tickets which they later sell for an increased price. "We recognize and respect the necessity and reality of a vibrant resale market, but we will not tolerate those who seek an unfair advantage through the use of automated programs," Ticketmaster Chief Executive Sean Moriarty said in a statement. Hear ye, hear ye!