Now-a-days it seems increasingly harder to get hold of tickets, whether for a sports event or for a concert, without using a credit card. Long ago, it used to be that you'd only use a card to buy a ticket if you couldn't get to the ticket office to pay for it in cash. But now many of those bricks and mortar ticket shops are gone, they've been replaced by big brokers who often can only be reached by phone or online, even those that still have physical facilities where they could sell tickets, some will tell you that you have to call to book or do it online.
It makes me wonder why ticket sellers opt to share their revenue not only with credit card companies but also third party brokers, there is an argument that using cards makes it easy to manage cash but there are computer systems that do that efficiently and you'd think retail stores have the same problem but they still accept cash.
Paying with cards would be fine if all cards were treated the same but they all tend to favour credit cards, and in some cases they'll even charge you fee for using a debit card. Am one of those people who would rather not use the credit card but on a few occasions now, i've been told i'll have to pay a ??5 surcharge if I want to use my debit card; they say it costs them more to process debit cards, but surely not ??5 more! A friend of mine who has never had a credit card before is now considering getting one for much the same reasons, but sadly for him he has no credit history to speak of so he'll only qualify for bad credit credit cards which have notoriously high interest rates as you can see. I just hope he doesn't get the bug and start spending money he cannot pay off immediately.
I also hope that ticket sellers and others can wake up and realise they've been sleep-walking into the hands of credit card companies, whom once they have control, they'll be able to charge those same ticket sellers whatever they like.
In meantime we just have to put up with being frog-matched into using something we could do without!!