• Report: #865921

Complaint Review: Ticketmaster

  • Submitted: Mon, April 09, 2012
  • Updated: Mon, April 09, 2012

  • Reported By: Kelly — Corona California United States of America
Ticketmaster
1000 Corporate Landing Charleston, West Virginia United States of America

Ticketmaster did not release my tickets to me and will not issue a refund! Charleston, West Virginia

*Consumer Comment: Parting company

*Consumer Comment: Your story is confusing

*Consumer Comment: Curious

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I am writing in complete frustration for the lack of professionalism you at Ticketmaster provide.  I can honestly say that in all of my dealing with any customer service department and/or supervisors, Ticketmaster has far surpassed in lack of just that customer service.  I will proceed with the details of everything that transpired to lead to such dissatisfaction.

 

My husband and I called Ticketmaster on our way to the Dodger Stadium in Arizona on Friday March 16th.  We had not received our tickets in the mail and called to have the tickets at will-call for us to pick up.  We were told this is no problem as long as we could verify who we were.  The representative asked me for my order number, which I did not have with me.  He then asked me for my credit card number to locate the order.  At the time I was not sure if I used my debit card or my credit card so I proceeded to give him my debit card numbers and none of those were correct.  I then realized that it was my credit card and I did not have that with me. 

 

He said he could look up the order using the venue and then my name and then he could verify the last 4 digits of the credit card.  Once he found my order, he asked me for the last 4 digits of my credit card, which I provided him with.  He said this was not correct.  I kept telling him that it was correct and I gave him my name and last 4 digits again.  He again said it was not correct.  After being on the phone with him for over 30 minutes, I told him I would call my bank and call him back to verify once again.

 

I proceeded to call State Farm Bank, which is the provider of my credit card.  State Farm verified the last 4 digits of my credit card as being correct and being the same I had been giving the Ticketmaster representative.  State Farm bank could not provide me with the full credit card number, as that is against their policy, but they did verify that the last 4 digits I was providing to Ticketmaster were correct.  They also verified the charges to my account for the tickets purchased and gave me the transaction ID number.

 

I then proceeded to contact Ticketmaster for a second time and spoke to another representative.  We went through the entire conversation once again and I gave him my last 4 digits of my credit card.  He too said it was incorrect.  I explained that I had my license and other forms of ID on me along with any information he needed to verify my Ticketmaster account.  None of this was acceptable.  After an hour of frustration, and the Ticketmaster representative refusing to release my tickets to me at the venue, I proceeded to get the bank on my husbands cell phone at the same time as Ticketmaster so we could speak to both together.  I told the Ticketmaster representative that I could provide him with the transaction ID number from the bank, but he would not accept that.  So, after another hour of being on the phone and being very frustrated, Ticketmaster would not release my tickets to me. 

At this point I asked the representative what to do because we were at the venue and I needed my tickets.  He then said there was nothing he could do and he needed to hang up if we could not get him the correct information.  I told him I was giving him the correct information and that he had incorrect information on his end, but he was not willing to do anything at all for us. I then told him that I would deal with it when I got home from our vacation and that I was extremely upset because I have never heard of not being able to get my tickets when I was giving him all of the information requested. 

 

I was so upset that I didnt even want to go in and watch the game, which had already started.  We had family with us and they were all inside the stadium.  My sister came out very upset at the entire ordeal and purchased 2 tickets for us to get into the game, since you would not release my tickets to me. 

 

We got back from our vacation and I did some more research on my credit card to verify once again that the tickets had been charged to my card and I was giving correct information to the Ticketmaster representative.  I also found my Order Confirmation and confirmed the same information.

 

I went to work on March 29th and called Ticketmaster with all of the information and asked for a refund of the tickets that you would not give me the day of the event.  The representative said she could not give a refund as the event had already past.  I had to explain the situation once again to her and asked to speak to a supervisor or manager. 

 

Now here is an even crazier story than everything that happened to us at the event.  I was given to a manager by the name of Gabriel and his ID code is ZYS806.  I had this entire conversation in my office with 3 of my co-workers as witnesses to the conversation that took place.  I have to admit, they too were very surprised at the conversation and the outcome of this entire ordeal.

 

I explained my situation to Gabriel letting him know that Ticketmaster would not release my tickets to me on the day of the event and that I was requesting a refund.  Once I explained everything to him, he asked me for my cell phone number I used to contact Ticketmaster as he had to verify the conversation had taken place on that day.  He said he was going to do some research and listen to the recorded conversation to prove that I had provided all of the correct information and this was all legitimate.  At this point I was very pleased with this as I knew he would be able to prove my story and issue me a refund.  He said he would call me back that same day so I gave him my work phone number along with my cell phone number.

 

Needless to say I did not get a return call from Gabriel.  Since I do not work on Friday and I had kept all of my notes at work from our previous conversation, I waited until Monday, April 4th to call Gabriel back.  When I called, the representative that answered said that Gabriel was not working but she would take a message for him to call me back the next day, on Tuesday April 5th.

 

Once again, Gabriel did not call me back so I called him on Tuesday.  I again had my co-workers listen to the conversation and this is where it gets absolutely crazy.  When I asked Gabriel why he didnt call me back he said that I was not the person he talked to him on March 29th.  He said that he spoke to a Marsha.  I asked him if maybe he got my conversation confused with another conversation he had that same day.  He said no he did not.  He said he remembered the conversation he had and I was someone different, that he had spoken to Marsha and not Kelly. 

I explained to him that I dont even know a Marsha and maybe he got confused when I used my husbands name Michael in the conversation, but I was the person he talked to Kelly Oliver.  He was actually being quite rude in his efforts to argue with me that he talked to Marsha and not Kelly.  After getting very frustrated that I was dealing with an incompetent manager, who was arguing with me stating I was someone else, he was absolutely rude, demeaning, and very unprofessional.  The girls in my office were even laughing when they heard me explaining to Gabriel that I was Kelly Oliver, and not some Marsha that he was trying to say he spoke to about my situation. 

 

Now that I am at this point of frustration in my dealings with Ticketmaster, I want to make myself very clear in stating that your company is very UNPROFESSIONAL and very RUDE when handling a customer complaint.  I have never been so ridiculed by a representative in my entire life of dealing with a company.  Your lack of training for your employees in teaching them how to be professional and courteous is absolutely unacceptable.  I am not only sending you this letter to express this concern, but it will also be sent to the Better Business Bureau when I file my complaint along with sending it to Ripoff Report, Channel 5 News, Channel 13 Action News, and possibly even YouTube.  I will forward it to State Farm bank when I dispute the charges on my credit card as well.  I have no doubt that because of the size of Ticketmaster, that you take advantage of patrons just like me, and there are many, many more frustrated consumers.

 

To continue with my story, I told Gabriel that I was not Marsha and he did talk to me, so lets just move forward and get to the point of my calling.  I asked him why he didnt call me back and he said that he called the number I gave him, but there was no option for a Marsha.  OK now this is absolutely ridiculous.  I said of course there isnt because there is no Marsha here, but there is a Kelly and that would have been me.  So I told him, can we move on.  I wanted to know what he found out when he listened to the recorded conversations. 

Now here is the real kicker!  After going through all of this craziness with Ticketmaster, he tells me that he cant disclose the findings to me.  OK I really had to laugh at this point because I was either going to go crazy or just laugh.  I couldnt believe that he originally told me he would listen to the conversation and get back to me, and then he is saying he cant tell me anything.  So, once again I asked him what to do next as that conversation is what will get me my refund back.  He just told me to pursue it with my credit card company.  How absolutely ridiculous is that!

 

So, without staying on the phone any longer and continuing to get ridiculous responses from your incompetent representative, I did tell Gabriel that I was very frustrated and upset at the entire dealings and outcome with Ticketmaster.  I told Gabriel I would call my credit card company, but I also told Gabriel to have his manager call me so I could discuss this with someone yet higher up than him.  I also told Gabriel to make sure his manager knew that my name was Kelly and I again gave him my phone number. 

 

Guess what?  I still have not received a return call from his manager.  Can you believe this?  Just goes to show that I am completely correct in all of my statements about Ticketmaster and your lack of professionalism or concern for your customers.  I will also say that I will NEVER again purchase anything through Ticketmaster.  I will go anywhere else and even pay more money to avoid any further dealings with your company.


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#1 Consumer Comment

Parting company

AUTHOR: voiceofreason - (United States of America)

I don't normally part company with the posts of Robert or Ashley, but I do here.

Kelly never wrote that she suddenly had the mysterious credit card used in the transaction. She managed to confirm the credit card's last 4 digits with the card issuer, and also confirmed that was indeed the card used for the transaction. For whatever reason, the Ticketmaster rep either had the wrong card data on their screen, or was reading it wrong, maybe due to screen glare, dyslexia, who knows?

At that point, despite all that Kelly did NOT have on her, she'd given enough data to confirm the transaction and the card used for it. Perhaps the card number is entered in more than 1 field when Ticketmaster takes an order, and while the correct number went to State Farm to complete the transaction, an incorrect number was entered into whatever this rep had to rely on.

And she made it clear that the verified transaction was with the credit card, not a debit.
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#2 Consumer Comment

Your story is confusing

AUTHOR: Ashley - (U.S.A.)

You state:

"My husband and I called Ticketmaster on our way to the Dodger Stadium in Arizona on Friday March 16th.  We had not received our tickets in the mail and called to have the tickets at will-call for us to pick up."

 "The representative asked me for my order number, which I did not have with me.  "

" He then asked me for my credit card number to locate the order.  At the time I was not sure if I used my debit card or my credit card so I proceeded to give him my debit card numbers and none of those were correct.  I then realized that it was my credit card and I did not have that with me."

"Once he found my order, he asked me for the last 4 digits of my credit card, which I provided him with"

Okay. So you left for the venue without the tickets and decided to call along the way and see what they could do. You decided you didn't need to bring a copy of your ticket order with you, so that you could have your order number or proof of purchase. They tell you that they can look it up by credit card and you did not bring your credit care with you on the trip. Next part of your story you mysteriously have the credit card to give him the last 4 digits? Are you SURE you weren't repeatedly giving him your debit card number?

I'm just really confused why you think they would release the tickets when you didn't have any of the information they needed to do so. If you had just bothered to bring your reciept with the order number there would have been no issues. Moral of the story? Make sure you have your tickets situated before you go on the trip.
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#3 Consumer Comment

Curious

AUTHOR: Robert - (U.S.A.)

Obviously something happened with your order, part of it seems to be that you don't even know how you ordered the tickets.  But you seem to think that the guy on the other end was lying to you when he told you that the numbers did not match.  Do you think he was lying to you and just wanted to pick on you?  Exactly what purpose would that serve?   What would keep someone from getting your name and venue and over the phone insisting that you are the person, then when you show up at the venue your tickets that you actually had are now voided.  You would be the first person screaming that they didn't verify the person like they should have.

Do you and your husband both have a Debit Card on the same account?  Very often even if it is the same account the debit card number will not be identical.  So even though you gave them YOUR last 4 digits perhaps it was his that was used(or vise versa).

How soon before the event did you order the tickets?

Why did you wait until you were on the road to contact them?   Even the Ticketmaster site says the following...

If you don't receive your tickets within 3 business days of the event, then please call to your local Charge-by-Phone for information on how to proceed.

Not only that but while you were at home you would have had all of the proof you needed and they could have probably done something.

When you arrived at the stadium did you attempt to talk to the Will Call people directly?

 

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