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Initially, the concert tickets will only be available in Philadelphia Redbox kiosks

A trip to the supermarket usually means picking up a gallon of milk or some bread, but why not grab some concert tickets while you're at it?

Redbox, the DVD rental kiosks usually set up in supermarkets, will now offer concert tickets in addition to movie rentals. The move aims to give the company a bit of an edge in the entertainment business.

Initially, the concert tickets will only be available in Philadelphia Redbox kiosks for testing purposes. As of right now, the Philadelphia kiosks are selling seats for a Carrie Underwood concert on November 28 at the Wells Fargo Center arena. Tickets are also available for Nascar races at the Pocono Raceway and for Villanova University football games.

To top it off, Redbox is only charging a $1 service fee per ticket. This is significantly cheaper than that of Live Nation's Ticketmaster, which could actually make Redbox's ticket venture pretty successful. The only downside is that you won't find any tickets for huge events in these kiosks -- just whatever's left of local events.

Redbox has been crushed under the weight of competition with the likes of Netflix and Amazon when it comes to movie rentals. Both Netflix and Amazon offer subscription models for a much larger selection of movies and TV shows that can be streamed directly to a user's computer. Redbox has had a hard time keeping up with these models, and is looking for new methods for revenue.

This new venture into concert tickets can also benefit the ticket industry, which is constantly trying to get rid of unused seats in venues. While giving them away or selling them at a huge discount are a couple of ways to go, doing either of these is obviously not profitable -- and Redbox could help to sell the leftovers.

Mark Achler, Redbox's vice president for new business and strategy, said that having concert tickets in the kiosks could help sell tickets thanks to "impulse buyers."

"We can help move inventory," said Achler. "We can be incremental without being cannibalistic."  

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Long time lurker thanks to Anandtech...
By thesavvymage on 10/4/2012 8:54:26 PM , Rating: 2
Usually just check out these links for like the past year after being linked from Anandtech... however made an account just to say this.

ANYTHING to get around abusive fees by LiveNation! 9$ "fee" for a 20$ ticket to a local concert sucked... to be honest a 29$ ticket from the venue would feel better than having that fee slapped on by LiveNation, its just the principal of it.

RE: Long time lurker thanks to Anandtech...
By mcnabney on 10/4/2012 10:56:33 PM , Rating: 2
I am going to an event tomorrow night. My choices were:

at gate: $15
advance: $12+$7.95 convenience fee from Ticketmaster

F Ticketmaster!

RE: Long time lurker thanks to Anandtech...
By Dr of crap on 10/5/2012 8:15:44 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sorry, but IT IS a convenience fee!

Come on now these ticketmaster onwers have to pay for the cars and homes they have built up over the years.

It's for your convenience. You got to pay twice what the actual ticket price is. Isn't that fun!

By theapparition on 10/5/2012 10:05:31 AM , Rating: 3
Not only that, but Ticketmaster is besieged by bots that buy up all the good tickets as soon as they are released for popular concerts. Those bots are run by ticket distributors (read as legalized scalpers) who then jack up the prices for that "gotta get my little daring front row to Justin Beiber" person who will pay anything.

Ticketmaster says they've been trying to clamp down on the bots, but in reality, they don't care since they are selling out AND collecting the huge fees resultant from the sales.

Be it Ticketmaster or LiveNation or any other promoter, it's all scam. And it will continue to be a scam until all consumers stop paying for it.

This would be great...
By batjohn on 10/4/2012 11:56:44 PM , Rating: 3
Ticketmaster these days tries to add on any fees they think they can get away with and almost all seem outrageous. I remember when they added on the convenience fee if you bought the tickets online and print them yourself with no human interaction they charged you extra. If you buy the same tickets over the phone and have them mailed to you there's no added fee (or if you buy them at the venue).

Why is it more expensive for me when I'm saving them money (don't have to take up the time of someone on the phone, no postage, no paper, no ink)? I save them money and it costs me $8?

RE: This would be great...
By Motoman on 10/5/2012 9:36:29 AM , Rating: 3
...because Ticketmaster is an abusive monopoly, that's why.

Death to Ticketmaster.

Japan already did it
By Lonyo on 10/5/2012 10:36:07 AM , Rating: 2
I'm in Japan at the moment, and eventually managed to buy a concert ticket from a machine in a convenience store chain.

Pay a 100 yen "charge" (about $1.50 or less) and then you pay for the ticket and get it printed off when you go to pay.

Very convenient.

It's a shame the rest of the world is so far behind in many ways.

RE: Japan already did it
By Moishe on 10/5/2012 4:30:38 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, but there is the fact that it is much more difficult to do it here in the U.S.

Tickets are highly local. All the good concerts are about 1 hour from where I live. I think this is a great idea for Redbox to do this, but I think that there would be no tickets for me.

They'd have to include a selectable mile radius, search feature, and then print tickets on the fly. In other words, they are another etix, ticketmaster, etc.

I support that if they do it right, especially if they support the small venues that I can get to.

I would like to buy a ticket...
By Motoman on 10/5/2012 9:57:28 AM , Rating: 2 her pants.

Oh, and death to Ticketmaster. When it comes to abusive monopolies, they're right up there with eBay/PayPal.

RE: I would like to buy a ticket...
By Moishe on 10/5/2012 4:32:42 PM , Rating: 1
She needs to lose the sweater.

Screw ticketbastard.

Screw Ticketmaster
By makius on 10/4/2012 9:02:03 PM , Rating: 2
The subject line pretty much sums it up... Anything that has the potential to screw the scam that is Ticketmaster is fine by me... they've already screwed me enough.

By Dr of crap on 10/5/2012 8:23:28 AM , Rating: 2
I hope this works really well and it becomes a great way to get tickets - and most importantly takes money away from Ticketmaster! That fact alone makes me want to use it!

WHY hasn't someone else hasn't tried to come up with a better, CHEAPER for the ticket buyers, way to handle tickets?

Redbox took down Blockbuster, now let's go after Ticketmaster!

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