Calypso Association official blames advertising error for ticket price dispute

Public Relations Officer of the Dominica Calypso Association (DCA) Ian Jackson says an advertising error led to complaints about the cost of tickets for the calypso quarter finals held over the weekend.

Many patrons of that show cried foul on the DCA for charging more than was advertised and complained that the $30 charge was too high for a quarter finals show; however, Jackson said the ad, which was aired on the local radio stations, stated that the price of the show was $25 when in fact it was $30.

Jackson told Dominica News Online that the $30 cover charge has been the standard price for quarter final and semi final shows for the past four years.

He pointed out that 32 calypsonians performed at the event, so patrons paid less than $1 for each performer. Jackson added that expenses such as the payment of the band, use of the grounds and payment of both successful and unsuccessful calypsonians were also factors to be considered.

The PRO disclosed that the semi finals show is anticipated to be an even bigger show, so more costs would be incurred. He said while the two main shows make a “good amount of profits” there is great expense associated with the organization of such events.

Meanwhile, 20 out of 32 calysonians made it to the semi finals which is carded to take place on January 30, 2010.

The Dutchess, Ghetto Prince, Bopple’, Daddy Chess,  Explosion, Lady Star, Observer, Tasha P, Prosper, Mighty Logars, Beno, Sye, The Bobb, Sugar S, Scrunter, Della, Yakima and Triumph and Checker will move ahead to the next round of the competition.

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  2. just my 2 cents
    January 20, 2010

    so where dice nuh

  3. Just An Idea
    January 20, 2010

    That’s insane. If you advertised one price, then that’s the price patrons should have paid. Your excuses do not hold water. Treat people fairly for crying out loud.

  4. steve
    January 20, 2010

    Thats why i like the U.S . thats false advertising and the advertised priced should be given.

    January 19, 2010

    thats crap. who placed the add on the radio? its dis honest to charge more than was announced on the air

  6. Ras
    January 19, 2010

    So are you saying Mr. Jackson that the DCA never listened to the ad before it was aired? never heard the ad whilst it was being aired?……Take heed Mr Jackson the turn out was not as grand as expected…the letters are beginning to form on the wall

  7. Domlucian
    January 19, 2010

    This is utter crap on DCA part!! Only in Dominica people get away with such nonsense!!This just goes to show that they have no respect for the patrons!! Like it or not its $30 so you must pay!! I’m so disgusted by this!!

  8. dee
    January 19, 2010

    that’s not the point, if the show was advertised for $25, then we should have paid $25, we should not have been made to pay more because of an advertising error. The DCA should have absorbed the cost and then sue the producer of the ad, that would have been the correct measure to take.

    the fans/supporters always seem to get the short end of the stick with the DCA, it isnt the first time either.

    the DCA is taken the supporters for granted because it is the biggest show and they feel they will get a huge crowd regardthey may get a rude awakening if the continue wiht the mismanagement of calypso and the alienation of the fan base.


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