Lower Prices? Better Seats? HUH?

The Flushing Flash got sent out this morning and it included this lil gem about better seats for lower prices.
I compared the Sunday price for my tickets against the price on the the website. SAME AREA, SAME PRICE! In fact it seems all the tickets are the same.
What does this slogan mean? Lower ticket prices compared to what? Last year?
Better seats? did they fix the sight line problems?
I don’t get this ad at all.

Also interesting in this picture Wright is wearing pinstripes. That should make Shannon happy at least. I wonder how many times they will wear those during the homestand this week.

16 Replies to “Lower Prices? Better Seats? HUH?”

  1. I’m not sure, but I think the “lower prices/better seats” angle is a counter attack to ticket resellers. I’m not sure if that includes Stubhub, since MLB is now partners with them, so maybe that’s why it doesn’t specifically say it.

  2. I’ve seen commercials recently with these words. i agree with Dan that it’s an attack on ticket resellers (you know, the holder of the $0.99 Mets ticket from last year). But isn’t StubHub an official ticket reseller of MLB?

  3. All the Mets have to do to compete with Stubhub is get rid of thier outrageous ticket surcharges instead of this bogus advertising campain

    1. This is a great point. A $5 per-ticket “service fee” plus a $5 “order fee” plus a $2.50 “print-at-home delivery fee” means that two $19 Promenade Reserved tickets cost $55.50 on Mets.com That’s usury that would make even Ticketmaster blush.

  4. It is going to be interesting to see what happens in the next few years, as Stubhub continues to take away “In-season” ticket sales from the teams’ box offices. Its a double-edged sword from MLBs standpoint: They’ll sell more season tickets, with the buyers knowing that “if” they can’t make a game, they can sell the tickets without much fuss. But the downside is that there is a glut of tickets for most games, and many seats will be available well below face value.

    It would appear that there’s not much that can be done about this: If they stop allowing Stubhub, many fewer season tickets will be sold. Ditto if they opened up the entire ticketing process to a Stubhub-type system.

  5. How would they stop stubhub? The only thing they can do is eliminate it from being the official resale partner. Stubhub will still exist and prosper with or without MLB approval.

  6. I checked, and most of the time the ‘better’ seats, as in not the promenade, are available (Not to mention that in most cases, these are the seats that are selling last, so you can even go up to the box office and get them sans fees) cheaper from mets.com. Day of, unless the game is complete crap, usually it’s still cheaper for mets.com. take today. I looked for tickets on stubhub, and on mets.com. Even for promenade, it was mostly cheaper from mets.com, it fluctuated a little as I was watching to today, and you pay less fees for a smaller amount of tickets (think it was $7 each ticket plus $5 on the order for the two tickets on mets.com, which adds quite a bit)

    1. Guys great comments on the ticket stuff. I will spin off into a post when I get a chance. Will be at game next two nights so it may be weekend

  7. I had to buy from Stubhub recently b/c we needed 7 with Acela access for my mom’s birthday (Thursday day game vs. St. Louis) and with that many, we weren’t going higher than Promenade Club. I tried Mets.com first, but they only had single seats in Prom Club.

    Plus, the team sites would do better if it had the Stubhub interface, where you can hover over a section to see how many seats and their prices, or go into a section and see exactly what rows (and sometimes seats) you’re buying.

  8. I bought tickets off stub hub for the day game of the Day-Night DH 2 weeks ago. After I bought them I recieved an email from the Mets thanking me for my purchase. Then I got an email after the game to fill out the survey. So I am not quite sure who I bought the tickets from. It was also in the section next to the Home Run Apple (140), which you can’t just buy on Mets.com. I got them for $30 each, and I don’t know if that is face value or if I got a bargain. Anyone have some insight to that?

  9. I also find it interesting that there are very few “cheap” options available on stubhub this year. While I know that most of the people dropped their ticket plans, the fact that very few are going for under face value (with a ton still available at the box office), definitely gives credibility to the rumor that it was the Mets selling tickets for 99 cents last year. 99 cents + $20 in feees is still $21 to the Mets for what was essentially worthless tickets at the time.

    1. No fees at the box office (at least there haven’t been. I haven’t bought there in a while since it’s rarely worth the risk of there not being cheap seats left.

  10. I don’t know the Mets angle here. Yesterday I purchased tickets for Thursday’s game on stubhub in section 110. They were $25.00 and with tax and other fees it came out to $34.95. If I were to purchase those tickets through the Mets they would of been $120 plus ther absurd fees they charge.

  11. Speaking of absurd fees…Congressman Anthony Weiner was on Boomer & Carton this morning discussing possible legal action against these fees. Like Scott’s example of $20 in fees for .99 tix. (Click below for the interview) He suggested the teams want to keep, say, the $19 “face value”, but really wanted to bump those seats up to $29. So they add the service, order, printing fees and voila…you just paid $29 for $19 seats. See you guys tonight. LGM!http://www.wfan.com/topic/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=4753750

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