Sign up for Goldstar Events – get discount and free tickets to sporting events, theater, concerts, comedy clubs, spa treatments and more

Posted on January 28, 2009. Filed under: Entertainment, Low Money Fun, No Money Fun, San Francisco Bay Area, Travel & Leisure, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

It’s free to sign up for Goldstar to get email updates and access to first-rate live entertainment tickets at half-price or better in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, San Diego, Orange County, San Jose and more!

How does the Goldstar service work?
When you sign up and become a member of Goldstar, you will tell Goldstar what kinds of live entertainment you like and the areas where you live, work and play, or are traveling to, and they’ll deliver dozens (or even hundreds) of half-price offers to comedy, music, theatre, sports, spas and more.

Goldstar will then tell you about event offers that match your preferences. Members get a weekly email summary of events with Goldstar’s special pricing, and if you also sign up for email alerts, you get late-breaking event offers tailored to you.

It doesn’t cost anything to join, and you can do it in just a few seconds. You’ll be getting out to great live entertainment and having a good time with friends and family right away.

To give you an even better idea of how you can save money and do fun things by joining Goldstar, here are some examples of discount events that were included in my most recent email alert for where I live in the San Francisco Bay area:

– SAP Open: World-class Men’s Tennis Full Price: $48.00 – $62.00    Goldstar Price: $29.00 – $40.00
This year’s tournament features defending champion Andy Roddick, plus Juan Martin del Potro, James Blake, and more international tennis stars

Stars on Ice! Iceskating’s Superstars Full Price: $45.00 Goldstar Price: $25.00 See the best of skating from Olympic and World Champion skaters performing their best routines. Sasha Cohen, Todd Eldredge, Ilia Kulik and many more skating superstars

Giants baseball game tickets Full Price: $17.00 – $35.00   Goldstar Price: $10.00 – 20.00

FREE admission to acts at local comedy clubs instead of full price $12.00 – $17.00

Extranomical Adventures’ Wine Lover’s Tour:
Customizable Full-Day Wine Tasting
Full Price: $129.00    Goldstar Price: $64.50 Sample the wines of Napa and Sonoma Wine Country on a full-day tour. The Wine Lover’s Tour is a semi-private, semi-customizable tour, which will visit 4 to 6 wineries.

discounts on local spa services like massages and facials

half price tickets to various plays and concerts at multiple local and regional theater companies and venues.

If you like live entertainment but settle for a movie or DVD more often than you’d like, you might be interested in joining Goldstar Events. Join now for free today by clicking here and you’ll never say you’re bored and there is nothing to do again.

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StubHub.com Discounted Sports, Theater, Concert Tickets

Posted on July 9, 2008. Filed under: Entertainment, Travel & Leisure | Tags: , |

eBay’s StubHub Lowballs Sports, Concert Tickets

StubHub allows season ticketholders and others to offer tickets for performances by acts like Death Cab for Cutie, Robert Plant, Coldplay, and the Foo Fighters at reduced prices.

By K.C. Jones
InformationWeek article
June 11, 2008 12:56 PM

A Web site that allows fans to buy and sell discounted tickets to major sporting events and performances has reported discounted sales, as premium concert ticket prices soar and consumers search for ways to stretch their dollars.

“Many people think that the secondary ticket market only offers inflated prices, but these numbers tell a different story — that with a little bit of bargain hunting fans can indeed find great prices for some amazing performers,” Sean Pate, head of corporate communications for StubHub, said in a news announcement. That means fans can “get out and have some fun without hurting budgets,” he said.

StubHub allows season ticketholders and others to offer tickets for performances by acts like Death Cab for Cutie, Robert Plant, Coldplay, and the Foo Fighters at reduced prices. The site reports ticket sales as low as $14 for major acts and sales for sold-out shows. Tickets for popular tours are averaging less than $90, StubHub reported, while premium tickets from other sources sell for $250 and higher.

In addition to concerts, the site offers tickets to games, theater shows, and other live events. Fans can pick their price and connect with sellers who may match them.

StubHub, an eBay (NSDQ: EBAY) company, offers guarantees that buyers will receive real tickets in time for their events. The company has partnered with nearly 60 teams in the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, and the National College Athletic Association. It also works with individual artists, including Madonna, and companies like ESPN and American Express.

However, the practice of undercutting ticket prices may get StubHub in trouble with the city of Chicago. Last month, city lawyers filed a lawsuit against StubHub and parent company eBay for failure to collect taxes on event tickets purchased online. While online sales have been exempt from local taxes for the most part, the city contends that since eBay’s customer services center is a physical presence that the online auction site and its companies should be subject to local tax laws. EBay has rebuffed the charges. The case is pending.

BudgetMaven Tip: While I am sure StubHub has many satisfied buyers and sellers, before you buy those Madonna or Red Sox tickets, you may want to check out some of the StubHub reviews on epinions.com and comments at the ConsumerAffairs.com website.

Have you had a StubHub.com experience you want to share?

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