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Please leave at least two empty seats together.

by | 28th November 2012 | 26 comments

Jimmy Carr is coming to our local theatre next year, having always been a fan I thought it would be good to get a couple of tickets and have a night out… How wrong could I be.

Looking at Ticket Masters site there was plenty of good seats in the front stalls, so I picked a couple and clicked Buy, only to be faced with the following message.

You have left a single seat

You have left one seat stranded at the end of a row or stuck between selected seats. Please leave at least two empty seats together.

I tried again, same result, we phoned ticket master, and got the same response, there were 23 groups of 3 seats available in the front stalls and they simply refused to sell them unless we took 3 seats, blaming it on the venue.

That’s not the end of the story, it isn’t simply a rant, as there is a solution…

  1. Open another browser or incognito window.
  2. Place 1 seat in you basket ( a timer will start giving you 3 mins to complete the transaction.
  3. In your main browser session, refresh the screen and you will now see the other seat has disappeared leaving a group of 2 seats available.
  4. Book em!

26 Comments

  1. Laoise

    Thank you for this!!

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  2. Georgina

    This is brilliant! Thank you so much!

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  3. Kevin

    Thanks so much for posting this. Really helped me out.

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  4. Deryck

    Thank you, got my wife and I the perfect seats this way. 10/10 would do again.

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  5. Oliver

    Great Tip Thanks!

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  6. Steve

    Works perfectly, thanks!

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  7. Iris

    Thanks so much! Just bought two great seats for Phantom of the Opera show as a present for my Mom’s birthday 🙂

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  8. Maria

    Thank you! Worked like a charm. I jumped the gun and called the ticket office at the ballpark before I googled (silly me!), and now I have to tell them “false alarm.” 😉

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  9. Ronald

    Genius! That worked perfectly to get 2 seats on a 3 seater row at Hollywood Bowl. Thanks so much!

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  10. Lewis

    Thanks for this, Kevin Bridges isnt an easy guy to get tickets for! 🙂

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  11. Scott

    Just got my two tickets for Kevin Bridges using your workaround. Brilliant !!!

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  12. Shelby B.

    You. are. the. shit! My boyfriend and I were trying to get tickets to a hockey game and every time we would find tickets on a website, you would have to buy the three. This worked! We got two tickets and it was even No Fee Tuesday so we got out of the service fees too! 🙂 Thanks for this. You are brilliant!

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  13. Mike D

    Simple brilliance

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  14. Adam W

    Thank You 😀

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  15. Jon

    You can also use this trick to get better positioned seats when the ticketing site pre-selects seats for you. Simply place seats into the basket in other browser sessions until you have the desired seat positions.

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    • Andy

      Good thinking!

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  16. Lisa

    You are a legend. What a ridiculous policy! I mean I get it, but when all the tickets left are in lots of three and I only want two, refusing to let me buy them is probably illegal.

    Thanks a bunch!

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  17. Matt

    Awesome, thank you!

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  18. Anon

    Still works. What an absolutely insane policy, but I’m thrilled to have found a workaround – thanks Andy! Ace work!

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  19. Derrick

    Thank you!

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  20. Brad

    Saved the day. Thank you.

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  21. Matt Smith

    BRILLIANT!! thanks for this, kind of feels like “sticking it to the man” This really is the shit!

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  22. RODRIGO

    AMAZING!! THANK U VERY MUCH!!
    NOW I GOT MY TICKETS TO SEE GAGA <3

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  23. Robert

    dude… you’re awesome, that worked perfectly

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  24. Frustrated

    This no longer works, fyi

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    • andyp

      To be fair, I’m amazed it lasted as long as it did.

      Reply

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