And you thought buying tickets for Fenway was a headache. Well, of course it is, but this is bad too:
Via Deadspin comes the tale of one Red Sox fan living in Cincinnati, who dared to think he could simply purchase tickets to see his favorite team play the Reds later this year at the Great American Ballpark. The Reds ingeniously though set up the sale for these games so that fans would have to purchase tickets in four-packs, that is for every Sox game, you’re forced to purchase tickets to three other games additionally. We love these little scams. It gets better.
From The Consumerist: “When he called to complain, the rep told him that since he was a Red Sox fan from Boston, he should be used to paying high prices. The rep also advised him to buy tickets to other big series, such as the Cubs or Indians, and scalp them. That's right, the rep advised him to buy tickets, then scalp them.”
Perfect. Buy tickets you don’t want, turn around and sell them on Stubhub, and business partner Major League Baseball will make an additional commission on tickets nobody really wanted in the first place. Everybody wins.
Except…well, the fan I guess.
Odds are that this was probably just someone in the ticket office trying to help give this fan a solution, but it strikes us as a little odd that it comes on the heels of the league’s big partnership with Stubhub. Also, as if we didn’t know already, if there’s a way to make money on teams like the Red Sox, other franchises are going to take full advantage of it.
Sooner or later, I fully expect Southwest Airlines to force passengers to purchase tickets to four other destinations if Red Sox fans want to fly from Manchester or Providence to Baltimore. Then again, they have their own problems to deal with, so that may be a ways off.