Ticketmaster and Wal-Mart Enter into Horrifying Corporate Partnership
You can’t price match something that you buy from a monopoly.
Further contributing to both the destruction of small businesses and the collapse of the music industry, gigantic corporations Ticketmaster and Wal-Mart have joined forces to create a soulless, money-grabbing partnership.
There will now be Ticketmaster kiosks in Wal-Mart stores across New Jersey and New York, as well as one in Pennsylvania.
The machines won’t be entirely self-serve, as a store employee will be required to complete every transaction. So while it seems convenient to pick up tickets while you’re buying your Ol’ Roy dog food, you will still have to deal with a person to do it. If it’s anything like trying to get help on a store’s self-service cash register, then the ticket-buying experience could be about as speedy and enjoyable as the debt ceiling debate.
They will also be offering deals exclusively for Wal-Mart customers, which will exclude smaller businesses from picking up any revenue they could make selling tickets.
There’s no word on whether Ticketmaster will still charge the same amount of already-outrageous and often-unavoidable service fees, but it really seals the corporation’s deal as the monopolizing monster of event admission.
“By integrating ticketing into Walmart stores, we are able to offer fans this very convenient way to learn about upcoming events, purchase and take home tickets without leaving their neighborhood,” said Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard in statement.
Of course, you can already buy Ticketmaster tickets online, which means not only do you get to stay in your neighborhood, but you don’t even have to put on pants. So the element of added convenience doesn’t even feel like it exists.
It might be worth asking if they’ll match a lower price on service fees like the mega-chain does on other items, but since Ticketmaster already has a stronghold on the events it sells tickets for, there really is no alternative save for scalpers and Craigslist.
Kind of like how there are virtually no alternatives to Wal-Mart in some towns because the corporation has driven them out of business.
[via A.V. Club]