Posted January 8th, 2006, 06:12 PM
Peter and Frank bought two seats for Monday Night at $275. each.
We immediately were charged for them.
It was explained on message from Atlantis exactly what the seats were.
HotAtlanta, are you having doubts that RICH will not come through?
Understand that tickets are not printed early because of counterfeiting.
It's not that I don't trust Rich, as I know that he is doing/will do what he can. The problem (inherent in any such purchase) is whether or not the tour operator who has promised Rich the tickets actually gets them. I'm not trying to sow doubt, but this is a huge venture for the local groups involved, and the rule of supply and demand will prevail. If for some reason, any snafus arrive, (whatever that might be), Rich has no real leverage and is at the mercy of those who promised their services to him. I'm not worried about the money (Credit chargebacks negate that risk), I'm just worried that Rich's provider somehow doesn't come through.
Rich himself made a similar comment, albeit half in jest, when remarking about the cash outlay that he was experiencing in securing that number of tix for his pax. The quoted amount was something north of $150K. Rich has been up front about the fact that he is only charging face value + the amount to cover his CC processing fees, and is essentially not making a profit on these. That's a huge cash risk for Rich, given that he never promised the availability of Sambadrome tix when he sold the cruise, and really could have just pointed us in the direction of other vendors. That was the way the Athens Olympics tickets were handled, and no one seemed to think less of him for it.
Therefore, his work towards getting Sambadrome tix for the pax is an unexpected surprise, and one that he should be commended for. Granted, there is a slight difference to the way those two events are marketed and sold to international travellers, and there was more certainty that legitimite Olympics tix could be had in the open market. However, the issue remains that Rich did not have to do this on his own, and certainly not by putting a low six-figure outlay at risk on his part. It's just one of those things that is at the top of my, "What can go wrong" list, and I'll be very happy once I have the tix in hand.
Hopefully we'll meet before we get on the flight home.