Choosing a Box Office Ticketing System
These days, smaller organisations who sell tickets to their events no longer need to use a pen and paper method to record ticket sales or the services of a major ticketing company to sell their ticketing system. There are now a number of ticketing software systems available which provide an economic way of managing ticket sales not only through your local box office but via Web site sales and sales via agents or other resellers.
Generally speaking, providers of box office ticketing systems either sell the software or they operate a fully hosted system where the main ticketing and payment processors are installed on the providers servers. In order to recover the development costs, the sellers of software systems may charge several thousand dollars for their system, but generally this would be a once off charge apart from maybe a maintenance contract or additional costs for software updates. For small to medium organisations however the fully hosted system may be a more appropriate option since in this case the service providers charge only on the basis of every ticket that is sold through the system which may either be a dollar per ticket charge or a percentage of the ticket price. The fees under this system can vary from about $0.50 per ticket or about 2% on the ticket price upwards depending on the additional services that are provided, such as handling credit card payments or posting out tickets.