Pressure. Nerves. Stress. Anxiety. We have all felt those, I suspect. Those feelings are pretty common when it comes to buying concert tickets, right? Strange that what I have learned buying tickets now help in the middle of a pandemic.
My usual tactics before buying tickets include doing some research. What is the venue like? I try to find a map with individual seats, if possible. Usually, then, I print it out, make notes about where I would want to sit the most. Then, I even try to find pictures of what the stage looks like from that spot. Next, I make sure that I have all information for the pre-sale. Is there a password I need to use? If so, when will it be released? How many tickets can I buy? (This, of course, requires a plan with my friends.) What ticketing operation will be used? Do they have a way to line up early, virtually speaking? After all that, I make sure that the ticketing agency has my information recorded with an account of my address, credit card, etc. Anything that I can share ahead of time will make it easier at the moment the sale goes live. Lastly, I ask around about how the pre-sales on that site works. Is it a situation where I need to refresh frequently or need to be prepared for refreshing a lot more than just five minutes? I try to get as much information as possible.
On the day of the sale, I try to get ready a few minutes ahead of time, making sure that I’m logged in. Of course, I also bring out my credit cards in case the pre-saved information did not work. I make sure that I have all of my passwords handy for the weird situation that a credit card would not work. Then, I take a lot of deep breaths, check in with Rhonda or any other friend who is also trying for tickets. I give myself a lot of self-talk about how I can do this, how I have done it successfully in the past while reminding myself that getting in the venue is most important. This statement is usually followed by another reminder about how I could always try for better seats later with the secondary market. Overall, I tell myself that it will all work out as I take many deep breaths and will my stomach to settle.
In thinking about pre-sales, I cannot even begin to count how many I have done over the course of my life. All of my experience came in handy this past week and not because I bought concert tickets (oh, how I wish I could!). No, it helped me to buy groceries! Yay, groceries. Oh, how much things have changed!
Here’s the deal. I will not let my parents go to the grocery store right now. On top of the fact that they are elderly, my dad is immune-compromised. He is in the greatest at-risk group. So I could go for them but…I worry that if I get sick, I cannot help them if they need something. This led us to try to figure out a different way. Through research, we discovered that our grocery stores allow customers to order online and pick up the order. Cool. That would work. My mom decides to try it. She fills her cart with groceries she needs, proceeds to pick out a time and nothing. It was exactly like that moment when you refresh for concert tickets and the VIP package you covet is sold out. Frustrating. Upsetting.
The next day, Mom and I do a little research. She calls the store. I look online for tips and suggestions. Is there something she could or should do differently? The store tells her to just keep trying and that tomorrow slots might be available. This leads us to wonder if the slots get filled earlier in the morning than when she has been trying. Brainstorm! What if midnight is like the time when tickets go on sale? We decide to try it. Again, she filled up her cart and waited for the magical time to select a pick up time and….drumroll..success! Yes! So, yesterday I picked up her order and after our Zoom party today, I will pick up mine.
Speaking of our Zoom party today, remember that it is at 11:30 Pacific, 2:30 Eastern. If you have the Zoom app, click on it at that time and you will be prompted to enter a meeting number, which you’ll need to contact us on either Facebook or Twitter to receive. Once you are in, you will see everyone else but will be muted. Please find the chat on the toolbar to talk to all of us and this will allow us to hear the video playlist. Then, we can “talk” about what we are watching as much as we want. Feel free to bring friends and a beverage or two of your choice! I, for one, am looking forward to it! It will be the best way to spend the last day before I go “back to work”!