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Dynamic Priced Tickets

So the Mariners stink. Again. It's been 10 long years since they reached the playoffs, but for penny-pinching seamheads, there's a silver lining to the decade of ineptitude. This past year the team began selling Dynamic Priced Tickets, which adjusts the cost of admission based on opponent, team record, and other factors that affect demand. If this was 2001 and the franchise was on its way to 116 victories, Seattleites could expect some serious price-gouging. But these days a midweek game against the Cleveland Indians, for example, is a recipe for record low attendance. Fans will still pay top dollar for games against Boston, New York, and other popular teams, but tickets for lesser matchups are marked down to as low as $5. With all the empty seats, it's easy to upgrade once inside Safeco. And all that leftover cash almost makes it possible to afford enough stadium beer to make the feeble Mariners offense entertaining. KEEGAN HAMILTON

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