Baseball season is upon us, and many of us fans are buying our tickets to watch the Amazin’s.
You listen to the commercials and head over to the Mets ticketing website, Mets.com/Tickets. You look for a game that you are interested in, and see that tickets “start from $15”.
You proceed to purchase the cheapest available ticket for yourself (typically in the Promenade Outfield and/or Reserved). You then log in to your MLB.com Account, only to see that your subtotal isn’t $15, it’s $23.
That’s $8 of fees on a $15 ticket, or 53% of the original ticket price. To reiterate, you are paying 53% extra on your ticket in processing fees. That’s obscene.
You can call the Mets over the phone, select any pickup option, yet you will still have to pay these fees.
Here’s the thing, though. In order for something to be a “fee”, there has to be a way to beat it. Airlines do the same thing, and like them, the Mets only allow you to do beat it through the toughest method of purchasing tickets: Going to the stadium, in advance.
That’s right, the way to avoid these ridiculous surcharges is the only method that requires the Mets to physically talk to you in person, print out the ticket on expensive ticket stock and give you a pocket schedule.
Here’s the problem, you can’t take advantage of this day of game.
Across the board, ticket prices go up day of, so you’d have to go to designated advanced ticket windows at the previous game, or make a trip out to the ballpark just for the fun of it.
Of course, sometimes there are even cheaper deals on StubHub or through BOGO promotions, but for those of you who don’t take advantage of those or go to games solo, you can rack up huge savings by purchasing tickets in-house.