Sunday, May 28, 2006

links for 2006-05-29

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

links for 2006-05-24

Monday, May 22, 2006

links for 2006-05-23

Friday, May 19, 2006

links for 2006-05-19

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Wikipedia

I love it! Wikipedia!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

links for 2006-05-17

Friday, May 12, 2006

links for 2006-05-12

Tuesday, May 9, 2006

links for 2006-05-09

Saturday, May 6, 2006

links for 2006-05-06

Friday, May 5, 2006

links for 2006-05-05

Thoughts on Ticketmaster and Price Sensitivity

I just tried and failed to buy Radiohead tickets for Kane.

So then, to see how I could improve my "Ticketmaster skills" I did a blogsearch on Google for "Ticketmaster." Instead of getting tips on how to successfully buy high-demand tickets, I just found a lot of hatred and anger towards Ticketmaster.

Despite fans' rabid hatred, though, it seems like people use Ticketmaster anyway. They have no alternative! It looks like Ticketmaster will mark up fees 60%+ for concerts. How can they do that? Why do they have the power to do so?

It seems to me whenever there are multiple parties between and different motivations of decision makers, egregious pricing can result.

Ticketmaster has contracts with concert facilities, who negotiate the convenience fee the fans pay. Since the facility isn't paying the fee, they are less incented to reduce the fees. In fact, it seems they have incentives for the fees to be higher (they are getting a cut I think.)

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

links for 2006-05-04

Tuesday, May 2, 2006

ShopWiki

ShopWiki is a website that I noticed last week.

I think it's a great idea! The site is essentially a shopping guide / wiki which indexes everything that can be purchased online.

So part of the site is sort of similar to My Simon or Froogle in that it lets you do price comparison. Where I think the site takes off in comparison though is that there are wikis on the site where users can add information/facts on buying something.

When I first came across it, I sort of thought it was neat, but wasn't sure if I would ever use it. Then today I was thinking about making a purchase, but I wanted to do some research beforehand. Right now there's not really any single place to look to do research. If ShopWiki can be a kind of content aggregator of some sort, for example, linking to all the product reviews on a certain type of product and collecting information and putting into an easily searchable place, I think it could be really awesome.

Before people make a purchasing decision, they need objective information to figure out what they're going to buy. There's tons and tons of reviews and articles on things everywhere on the web, but right now they are sort of all over the place. Having one place to find information is really appealing. Also, the community aspect of sharing and people helping each other out is another awesome characteristic of this site.

Of course, they still need to build up their content, but it looks like team behind the site has pretty impressive Internet credentials. Let's see what happens with this site! I also think it's neat the company is based in NYC, home of tons of media/advertising firms.

Sorry if this sounds like a commercial, I don't know anyone involved with the site and just came across it on the Internet... I just think it sounds like a neat idea.

Monday, May 1, 2006

links for 2006-05-02

Fast Food Nation Trailer



Wow, YouTube is so cool!

Windows Live Sort of Sucks

A9 seems to be using Windows Live as its search engine now and it really sucks!!

When I search I often get 2 or 3 results compared to Google's thousands, and when I did a search for "time in nyc" they sent me to website squatter rather than a real website!

I wonder why they are using Windows Live? Must be cost/other Microsoft incentives.... at the long-term expense of attracting users to A9... bleh!!