Cedar Point changing ticket partnership?

Monday, August 1, 2005 10:20 PM
I was just watching local television here in the cleveland area. I noticed that a local drug store chain has picked up ticket sales lately, possibly cause i work there i notice more.

But then today on a new commercial pushing camp snoopy and peanuts events in the park, they said pick up discount tickets at Discount Drug Mart. So i am thinking are they doing away with Tops who has had a long partnership with them for at least 8 years.

So has anyone heard anything with this going to the new competitor. Dont get me wrong i love em both but Tops has hit the bricks by cutting back on things within their stores in northeast Ohio. So does that mean that old and whily Parvis Boodjeh has extended the amount of services he gives his customers.

Insider information i have heard is that tickets actually have sold well in certain stores ours is pulling around a couple hundred a month. So with that being said did cedar point jump ships.

Monday, August 1, 2005 10:32 PM
i know Tops is suffering big time, and all stores will be closing before the year ends. The name will change and the workers will be re-hired as long as they are not union
Monday, August 1, 2005 10:39 PM
really i kinda thought that might happen cause i know the meat department was phased out, and i know it doesnt make my job easier now with two in relative distance of where i work.
Monday, August 1, 2005 10:41 PM
Why do you think that it's exclusive to any one store? Don't you think they'd like to get tickets out in front of as many people as they can?
Monday, August 1, 2005 10:52 PM
Well yeah i think so but with Tops going slowly down, why does a certain local drug store with very little ties or not as much financial clout begin a partnership. I mean its smart in a business sense but what other places sell these to us up here.

What i have to add also is that with there being drugs marts all over the state, but relatively unknown to most who know ohio, i have to say that this could betroublesome unless they get them directly from the park. *** Edited 8/2/2005 3:05:45 AM UTC by MagnunBarrel***

Monday, August 1, 2005 10:57 PM
That's how it operates out here in the Chicago area for SFGAm Jeff.

Dominicks foods sold tickets and passes for years and then up until a few years ago, Jewel foods took over and have been selling them ever since. Neither grocery sold park tickets at the same time.

Monday, August 1, 2005 11:55 PM
Same here in WNY for SFDL. Tops carried tix and passes for years, now Wegmans sells them. Its always been one or the other.
Tuesday, August 2, 2005 1:02 AM
I don't think you're understanding what I'm getting at. If I want to sell tickets, I can call up the sales staff and tell them I want to sell tickets. I know this because I've asked.

Now there are often marketing agreements that might be exclusive, sure. So-and-so gets plugged in TV spots for selling tickets, but that doesn't mean they're the only ones to do so.

Tuesday, August 2, 2005 4:49 AM
Well, I've worked extensivly in Retail, and I can comment from experience.

If, say, Target starts selling tickets to Disneyland at a discounted rate, Disneyland is doing it because they want to get those tickets out to as many as possible. But why is Target doing it?

Because they're trying to get people in the door to buy those tickets, and notice that they need that cute little skirt that is on sale, or that new CD that just came out today. Now, if Wal-Mart or K-Mart are selling Disneyland tickets at discounts as well, then Target isn't benifiting as much as if they have it exclusively. It happens all the time. In fact, that is how it usually happens.

Most 'bonuses' like that are exclusive to one chain per region. Not because of the park, but because of the Chain.

Now there are often marketing agreements that might be exclusive, sure. So-and-so gets plugged in TV spots for selling tickets, but that doesn't mean they're the only ones to do so.

Apples and Oranges. One is Advertising for the Park (or whatever is selling tickets) and they'll do that with whomever is willing to promote them (because they're getting paid to plug), the other is the second hand seller enticing the customer to come in. Like I said, They can't do that if Wal-Mart or K-Mart is selling them, because then the people that would come in to Target exclusivly to get those tix have the option to go elsewhere, and they aren't spending money at Target.

Second Hand selling is more about the Second Hand Seller than the Park. The park just gets the added benifits. Less payout in staffing, kinda like why it is cheaper to buy online instead of at the park.

Tuesday, August 2, 2005 6:55 AM
It's not like Tops is an exclusive outlet. Meijer anyone?

Plus, I believe the man in charge of such things is an "old time" friend. :)

Tuesday, August 2, 2005 8:26 AM
Chitown: Do you remember a time a while back when Jewel sold GAm tickets before Dominicks did? I dont know if I'm mis-remembering or not....
Tuesday, August 2, 2005 9:28 AM
The Meijer where I live, only sells PKI tickets and season passes. Although, on Pepsi cans, there's discounts for Cedar Point, and on Mountain Dew cans there are discounts for Holiday World. No place around here sells CP tickets or season passes. All PKI.
Tuesday, August 2, 2005 2:18 PM
Nice subtle hint, Walt!

You've also got recreation centers, AAA and even big high schools selling tickets around here. There's not exclusivity outside of the marketing tie-ins.

Wednesday, August 3, 2005 12:46 AM
I've bought Cedar Point tickets from Meijer, so it's definitely not just Tops.

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