When Ticketmaster E-Tickets are Lame
I'm all for convenience and moving towards a paperless society. And I love Ticketmaster's PDF ticket option -- which if you're not familiar, you should be. Order tickets online, they email you a PDF ticket, you print it out, and BAM you've got your tickets. I love this.
That was until I bought them as a gift for someone.
There's something tangible about putting paper tickets in an envelope, gifting them to someone, and having them open the envelope to discover tickets to an event they want to attend. PDF tickets are on letter-sized paper, and are roughly 85% advertisements, depending on the event and the venue. Your options in gifting them, as I see it, are threefold:
1) Email the PDF file to the person
2) Stick the 8-1/2 x 11 paper ticket-slash-commercial in a manila letter envelope, and gift it as you normally would, or fold said ticket-slash-commercial down to a smaller size before putting it in an appropriate sized envelope
3) Tell the person verbally, "Hey, I bought you tickets for XYZ!"
Lame, lame, lame. Sorry, I just think those are all lame options. The 8-1/2 x 11 paper ticket is terrible looking. There's just no way that looks right as a gift. And emailing a PDF seems so...impersonal. And telling someone what you bought them seems wrong. I dunno, maybe I'm just being stupid.
All I know is I've got two days until my brother and I have to give these tickets to our Dad, and I still don't know how we're going to present them to him. You Bet.
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