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Ticketmaster, that uninvited friend

Ticketmaster, THAT shitty friend. They were a mainstay of my youth in a small western New York town, going with as an uninvited friend to every show. Our only non-local show options still 1 hour+ drive away, usually at the same amusement park. Ticketmaster, hashing the vibes with their fines of fun. Sure, you can see your band but there’s an extra fee for listening, one for dancing , perhaps another for singing. Ticketmaster is your friend who knows all the right people & places and that all comes at a cost. I owe Ticketmaster some of my best times. In my infancy of a music fan, I knew I wanted them to have my money but I was suspicious at what I was really buying.

I have since moved where the options have opened and interacting with Ticketmaster is few and far between. Not because I don’t go to shows but instead I go to many shows but in a place with numerous venue/ ticket agent options.

If perhaps you lived under a rock or really didn’t care at all in 2013 Ticketmaster settled a case.

«Read below for some details»

In 2003, the Schlesinger v. Ticketmaster class action lawsuit was filed, alleging that Ticketmaster failed to fully disclose to consumers all aspects of its UPS and order processing fees. While vigorously defending the lawsuit, Ticketmaster settled the case in 2013, with the court granting final approval of the settlement in February 2015.

The settlement class generally includes all consumers who purchased tickets on Ticketmaster.com between October 21, 1999, and February 27, 2013 (the “class period”).

As part of the Schlesinger v. Ticketmaster settlement, Ticketmaster agreed to provide:

  1. To each class member, one discount code (worth $2.25 off a future purchase of primary tickets) for every purchase made on Ticketmaster.com during the class period, up to 17 discount codes per person.
  2. To class members who used UPS delivery during the class period, one $5 UPS discount code for every purchase made on Ticketmaster.com that included UPS delivery, again up to 17 UPS discount codes per person.
  3. To each class member, one ticket voucher (potentially redeemable for two eligible general admission tickets for select events at Live Nation owned or operated venues, subject to availability and limitations) for every purchase on Ticketmaster.com during the class period, up to 17 vouchers per person. The Settlement Agreement limits the value of vouchers that are to be redeemed in a given year. Please be aware that due to high demand and limited availability, we expect these tickets to be redeemed quickly.

Redeem Discount Codes on Ticketmaster.com. Ticket voucher redemption is complete for 2017. Any unused vouchers will remain in your account. If you would like to sign up to receive periodic notifications by email when new eligible events are made available, please visit here.

 

But basically, we actually have to do stuff because we did questionable stuff with your money before. So If we might have done some shady shit, here’s some free shit. Sorry about that, but we’re only partially acknowledging it.

Free shit sounds way nicer than it really is.

This free shit isn’t exactly easy to redeem.

We all have until June 2020 but there is no guarantee you will ever jump through all the hoops, at the right time.

  • First, you log into your account. Hopefully remembering IF you had one
  • Check into your active vouchers. So there they are. I’ll just use them…
  • Oh
  • I last checked on 11/8/17 and they are all used up from this year
  • This is where I’ll just have to speculate because I have not been able to find the right time to actually redeem them. The last time I checked  all the ones that were previously opened for vouchers. which my guess only lasts a few moments after released. All guesses mind you
  • There’s a list of instructions on how to redeem the codes. Oh hell

It does seem very interesting to offer this all as a settlement when they all seemed to be all used before I can get my grubby, little hands on them. Does that mean their settlement is  an empty offer? Can their entire settlement really be paid off if it’s always already used? Is it even possible for all the vouchers to be used by 2020?

I’m completely intrigued and curious as to when I will be able to pass all the tests that Ticketmaster has laid before to see if I am truly worthy of these vouchers. I will press on and update as I can. If I don’t make it through the trials and that pesky Southern Oracle gets me, please try to redeem in my absence.

Wish me luck