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"A warning to anyone who purchases Polar Express Tickets from , make sure you only have one tab open when you order your tickets because" if you have two open to be looking at different parts of the website, even if your cart says you have the amount you intend to buy, it will wind up purchasing items in another tab and giving you a confirmation, charging you double what you intended. Even after calling IMMEDIATELY on Friday after hitting submit and seeing the error, the customer service representative told me she couldn't help and to call back Tuesday when her boss would be there. Tuesday I called and the Supervisor still hadn't returned to work and I was told to call Wednesday. At this point the girl also said tickets were nonrefundable and I should try to sell them myself. I told them it was either a computer error or their sites error that I was charged for something in another tab and she told me she'd tell her supervisor and they'd get back to me Wednesday, literally scoffing at me while she was talking. Even upon explaining that I'm a single mother trying to afford this for the first time, on a low income, wanting to provide my kids with something special for Christmas, they were still unwilling to help me. The Supervisor didn't even call me back herself, the same girl who laughed at me (in her disbelief that I wanted something to happen so I could afford the best holiday possible for my kids, I mean come on, this is over 100 bucks of extra charges) called me to let me know they wouldn't help and that I should try to sell them myself or "give them away"...I've literally been trying to afford to be able to get tickets for this for the past 3 years now, but as a college student and working mom trying to support a household solo, this was the first year I could. As a teacher I will be informing my fellow staff, students & parents and posting on Angie's list as well as online. I asked if they intended to put a warning on site to not have multiple tabs open and the girl told me, well, we tell you to double check your cart...I again stated the cart I was purchasing in only had the 3 tickets that I selected myself.

-Jessica H.

"He said we had a High Transfer Rate which is a return signal for internet. Said an Amp needed repair, which was located on a pole outside, which could be close" or even down the street. Seems to be resolved for now.

-Beverly W.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.


You have to put your self in the shoes of a business that is in business to turn a profit of some sort. All businesses have different overhead which in turn decides what their bottom line would be on their services. I personally would not go with an unlicensed professional for this type of install. You are messing with gas, venting issues, electrical wiring{electric water heater} and updated code issues such as a drain pan and tempature and relief drain lines for heaters that currently do not have them. I do agree that there are some companies that are way out of line for their installs but most of these companies are the really big companies that have very high overheads  I would assume. Tank type water heaters have changed over the last several years and with these safety changes come bigger prices. The price of steel thanks to China is skyrocketing and tank type water heaters are made of steel. Most wholesale plumbing supply companies cannot match what the big box stores are selling at retail to consumers. I happen to think from research that heaters such as Rheem, Bradford White and AOSmith who have been in business forever make a better product than what you can buy in the big box outlets. You also have to take in consideration the location of the water heater that is being replaced. Is it in the house, basement, garage or attic. Most 40 and 50 gallon water heaters that are purchased in a plumbing wholesale store in Texas cost between 300-340 for a 6 year warranty heater with 6 year on parts and tank. Speaking of warranty. Most big box companies will take a least 24 hours to a week to get your warranty problem taken care of. Most reputable plumbing companies will give same day service if they installed the heater.

So lets break down a typical install at cost to a licensed plumber in Texas

Heater: $315, water shut off $6.50, water flex lines or unions to code $20, gas flex line and cut off to code $12, misc fittings $15, Total $368.50 Lets add a 35% profit which is some what low  for a business $129, Total 497.50

This doesnt  include permits, pan and drain or any venting issues. The vent must go from the heater to the outside of roof using double wall vent.

Cost of permit on average $60

Most plumbing companies allow for 3 hours of time for a water heater. This includes picking the new one up. Delivering out to house. Draining and removing old water heater. Hauling off old heater. Installing new heater up to code. Going down to city and pulling permit.

Average Labor charges for heater installs $400

That would make this install run without extras on any code issues $957.50

I just had a 50 gallon gas water heater installed in my house for $1200 but I needed a pan installed. I used a licensed plumber.




Todd said it best.

An itemized list / cost breakdown, more often than not is used against the contractor when it is shared with other builders who will then beat it.

Good contractors use good people, and good people cost more.  Just the cost of having the appropriate insurance / bond can be the difference between winning a job or losing it ot a 'lower bid'.

It is the rule of three; there is Good, Cheap and Fast.  You can have any two:  Good and Cheap, won't be Fast; Good and Fast, won't be Cheap;  Cheap and Fast, won't be Good!

When comparing bids, it isn't the cheapest or the 'nicest' person you should select.   You should understand why there is a large price difference (it shows there are gaps in your design program or what you have asked for specifically, which means there may be arguments later).  If most of the bids are in line, and one is way high or way low,  you want to know why before dismissing or selecting them.

A price-only decision almost always costs more in the long run. 

Good luck!

Ticket Broker reviews in Columbus


I ordered NFL tickets in the beginning of August. After 2-3 weeks I inquired about the tickets I had not received. The rep stated that I would get them closer to the game day as to avoid replication of the tickets. It is now 3 days before game day and still no tickets. I have called every phone number on the site and left emails with no response. So ...More today 10/09, I get a rep that tells me that the tickets shouldn't have been split up (I only needed two) and I had been refunded 125% of the package price. I checked my cc statement, no refund. She told me that it had just been reversed yesterday. I explained to her that I needed tickets as they were a gift for out of town guests. She told me that "It's over and done with" and there's nothing she could do about that. She also did not tell me why I hadn't received any communication about what happened. She did try to offer other tickets at a higher price. This is unacceptable, now I have to try to find more tickets for my guests who will be arriving tomorrow (I am sure that's gonna cost an arm and leg). I am taking the time to leave this feed back to warn other potential customers. WORST FIRST EXPERIENCE EVER WILL NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THIS COMPANY AGAIN!!!!
- Brandi H.

After attending the latest Vikings game I decided to purchase tickets for the Vikings Packers game Nov. 23rd. These were to be an 'early' Xmas gift to my family. I searched a number of ticket re-seller websites and found these to be the best priced. I studied EVERYTHING on their website looking for anything about any ...More fees and found nothing.
I don't often make purchases like this so I was extremely careful. I selected the seats, filled in payment info, reviewed the 'final order' before hitting submit. It thanked me for my purchase, said the total was $620.00 and gave me an order number. Within minutes I received an e-mail.
Contained in the e-mail were details about it costing another 40.95, for taxes and fees! I called the contact number listed. He was the actually ticket holder. I asked for an explanation and he said at the very bottom of the order it says total does not include state, local or other taxes if applicable. Folks this info is listed in "Notes" section and it is one short sentence in small print! I asked him how I could have calculated the fees before making the purchase and he said you can't, because it depends where the actual ticketholder resides, their laws apply. This gentleman was in Mpls.
This actual ticket holder said he gets this complaint all the time and he said he wishes would highlight this information or make it more prominent. He agreed that it can appear to be VERY misleading.
I know the company might not be Minnesota based but I know many Minnesotans buy tickets on line. I wanted to share this information so they are aware this can occur. As a side note I once before bought tickets from and this did not happen. I suppose in that case the actual ticket holder was in another state where taxes and fees don't apply.
I think it’s a crime and VERY misleading that they don't CLEARLY discloses that there may likely be additional fees not list in the total price. I was lead to believe that my credit card was charged $620.00 but in actuality I paid an additional $40.95. It is for this reason that I gave them an OVERALL rating of “F”. As they say, BUYER BEWARE!

- Michele T.

Very . I wanted baseball tickets, reviewed what was available, sent my cc number and printed the ticket. They were exactly what was offered, and the entire activity was less than 10 minutes. I have used SubHub move than 10 times in the past, and it always works exactly as described.

- Connie P.

The original price quoted for 7 tickets was $336.00. Once it was "processed" additional charges of $30 for shipping and $94 for "extra charges" were added. Apparently there is a small disclaimer in the terms and conditions that says they can add these charges. Also that no refunds are ever issued.
When I contacted them ...More to complain about the 37% up I was told too bad.
I still don't have the tickets after 13 days.
- Marcia L.

I attend events at the Youkey Theatre-Lakeland FL and receive emails regularly from the Theatre regarding upcoming events. I received what I thought was my usual email from the theatre regarding the upcoming Bill show. However, the email was a look-a-like from this , a VERY GOOD look-alike as I purchased ...More my tickets for the Bill show via this email believing it was the official Youkey Theatre site. The tickets were $178 each for Pit (front row) seats and there were only 2 left...exactly what I needed. So I purchased them. Well HUGE MISTAKE on my part for not reading the fine print. I was actually purchasing the event tickets through this and got scammed big time. The real cost of the tickets were $73.50 each. added a fee of $209.00 above the ticket price (for a chili recipe) and an additional "service fee" of $97.90 and $15.00 shipping!!!!! The "Great Chili" recipe came with this comment, "We hope your event is as hot as the chili !!!" I am usually very cautious when purchasing anything online, but fooled me; their email and sales site page was so close in similarity to the Theatre's official site that I thought I was purchasing directly from the theatre site like I normally do. Of course I have no recourse in this particular transaction because covered their scam well in the fine print. Lesson learned, scam me once shame on you; scam me twice, shame on me. PLEASE BEWARE OF PURCHASING TICKETS FOR EVENTS ONLINE AND DO NOT PURCHASE ANY TICKETS THROUGH A SERVICE CALLED ' ' AKA MIKESTICKETSHACK.COM!!!! READ THE FINE PRINT PLEASE.
- Laura R.

The response time was fantastic, and the seats were exactly what we were looking for. They emailed us the invoice and overnighted tickets to the client, saving us and our client time. We seek the services of Event Witness for all our VIP clients, and have never been disappointed. and his staff are friendly, expedient, and ...More always deliver quality seating for venues.
- Jessica M.

It was phenomenal, from start the finish the commuication with excellent. They really take care of each and every guest as well as individual needs. Not only are the venues the best of the best, but when you add in amazing food and beverages, prime seats, and the to get up close and personal with your favorite sports’ biggest ...More stars. It’s a combination that is second to none, and is sure to leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. can handle large groups, including corporate outings, to small groups and individuals.
- Alissa R.

and team is very professional and reliable. He answered any and all questions. I never questioned his honesty. He came through every time with the best! The tickets were delivered on time as expected. Look forward to doing business again soon!
- Jennifer B.

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