Monday, November 03, 2003
Announcing: Ticket Exchange - maegwen @ 10:19 PST
In the last few weeks since Tuesday Trilogy tickets went on sale in the U.S., many people have written in to say that they have found themselves with extra tickets for one reason or another and don't know what to do with them. For some people, eBay simply isn't an option. So, with that in mind, I have a low-tech proposal.

What I'd like to do is facilitate the bringing-together of people who have tickets with those who need tickets. The rest will be up to you. This "Ticket Exchange" will be conducted as follows:

If you HAVE tickets:

Send an e-mail to, with the following information:

  • A screen name (For example, "Eorlas the Ticket Seller" etc.)
  • Your real name
  • Theater to which you hold tickets
  • The town and state the theater is located in
  • Number of tickets
  • Face Value of the tickets
  • Any fees incurred when you purchased the tickets (Handling, etc.)
  • If at all possible, I would like a scan of the tickets, but this is not required.

    NOTE: You MUST have ACTUAL tickets, not electronic tickets. If you have nothing more than an E-Ticket confirmation page, please do not participate in this exchange. If you wish to participate, please go to your theater and PRINT OUT the tickets before offering them for sale.

    By sending this information, you agree to sell this ticket at NO MORE than face value + fees + whatever shipping costs are incurred, if any.

    * * *

    If you NEED tickets:

    While I understand everyone's enthusiasm, you must understand that demand far outweighs supply. In order to keep this as fair as possible, PLEASE READ AND UNDERSTAND the following procedures and guidelines:

  • Depending on the number of "tickets available" e-mails received, there will be ONE POST per day on the TORn home page announcing a ticket opportunity.
  • Posts will be made post-7pm EST, when a ticket is available.
  • You MUST WAIT until an announcement for a theater has been made before e-mailing. It is possible that you will be asked to include a "code word" in the subject line to ensure that you have waited for the post to be made.
  • DO NOT E-MAIL your ticket requests in ADVANCE. THERE IS NO WAITING LIST.
  • Please do not e-mail other TORn addresses, as they will have NO information regarding this project.

    I am sorry if it seems that there are so many "rules" about this, but to attempt to handle an influx of mail regarding tickets that are *not yet available* is simply too overwhelming.

    When a post is made, the FIRST e-mail I receive -- AFTER THE POST IS MADE -- expressing interest in that ticket will be put into contact with the ticket-holder.

    You will do this by sending an e-mail to, with the following information:

  • The subject line should contain the phrase specified in the home page announcement post. I will be looking for e-mail specifically with this subject line. Anything else will be disregarded.
  • A screen name that can be published on the TORn home page
  • Your real name
  • An e-mail address you can be reached at, or a phone number, if you are comfortable with giving out that information.

    DO NOT E-MAIL IN ADVANCE OF ANNOUNCEMENTS, PLEASE. THERE IS *NO* WAITING LIST. By expressing interest, you agree NOT to resell this ticket for ANY AMOUNT higher than what you yourself pay for it.

    * * *

    So, what happens then?

    Once the interested party contacts me, I will e-mail the seller and pass on the relevant contact information. I will at that time announce on the TORn home page that the Exchange is concluded. The seller will then reach out to the interested party and make the arrangements for the sale. How the sale itself is conducted, or the manner of the ticket exchange, is outside of our control.

    These are all good faith agreements, and I am trusting in the honor of LOTR fans. However, what happens once the seller and the purchaser are put in contact is not the responsibility of myself or

    This is the most fair way I can think of to try to help fans get tickets to each other. It is not perfect, of course, but I hope that at least in making the attempt that we can make some LOTR fans a bit happier.

    Good Luck!