I remember for Popmart Columbus we got tickets through Propaganda. Our tickets were okay, but not great, because all the good tickets were bought up by Ohio State students and faculty, who got first dibs.
Elevation Tour I remember just going to my local Kroger grocery store and buying them from the customer service. I remember when I bought my Elevation tickets, the lady working the counter was judging me because they cost so much, and said "well if I were you I'd just buy the CD and stay at home". Ugh... JUST GIMME MY DAMN TICKETS!!!! I remember buying tickets to the South Bend, IN show (5 hour drive from my small town in Ohio), and the customer service rep just kept saying "You do know these are in Indiana, right...?" "You do realize South Bend is in the northern part of Indiana, right?" YES I DO REALIZE THAT, IT'S THE CLOSEST DATE TO ME, AND I WANT TO SEE THEM ONE MORE TIME BEFORE THEY TAKE ANOTHER 4 YEARS TO TOUR AGAIN! I'm glad those days are over.
Once Vertigo rolled around we pretty much had the same setup as we do now.