Pearl Jam's initiative to play only at non-Ticketmaster venues effectively, with a few exceptions, prevented it from playing shows in the United States for the next three years. Ament later said, "We were so hardheaded about the 1995 tour. Had to prove we could tour on our own, and it pretty much killed us, killed our career."
Most of the parties in the live event value chain participate in these service fees either directly or indirectly
The banking bill was enacted July 21 and addresses everything from mortgage lending to complex securities. An amendment to the 2,000-page legislation applies to Visa and MasterCard, and mandates that over the next eight months, the Federal Reserve determine a swipe fee rate that is "reasonable and proportional" to processing costs, stripping the companies of their rate-setting role.
While the interchange fee changes affect only debit cards, other new rules coming out of the federal reform bill give merchants more flexibility in deciding how they want to charge for goods and services. The legislation clears up some confusion, making it clear that merchants may offer customers incentives to use cash instead of debit or credit cards. It also allows them to legally set minimum purchase thresholds to use a card.
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"But as Hubbard acknowledges, even the new system can't give you the complete price for a ticket — it can't incorporate delivery fees or processing fees per ticket until after you click through. (In a random search, a single ticket for Lady Gaga's August 30th show in Saint Paul would cost an extra $8.05 after delivery and processing fees — plus additional taxes — were added.)"
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