6 tips to avoid getting scammed when buying tickets
With so many great shows selling out left and right we are concerned that some fans may lose their hard-earned money to fraud. Here are some basic tips when buying tickets to ensure you are not scammed:
- Ask friends first
If you have any friends that frequent our events, check with them first and see if they have a spare. Often peoples schedules change, they end a relationship, or they just bought an extra ticket because they know better
- Use Stubhub
Stubhub – for the most part – is a safe place to buy a legit ticket. Be prepared to get taxed. You pay a premium for security and customer service.
- Use a Peer-to-Peer Social Ticketing Site
Cashortrade.org is a website for selling or trading tickets. It isn’t 100% safe – but the chances are higher that tickets will be legit.
- Social Media Contacts
If all else fails turn to social media. It is best to check the official event pages. A word to the wise – If buying on FB, make sure the person you are buying from has a real profile.. and not some page with no comments, likes, timeline posts, etc. It also helps to pick someone that has a good amount of mutual friends.
Craigslist should be the last resort. Be safe when conducting craigslist transactions and look for safe places to meet. I.e. at the police station, fire station, or sanctioned monitored meeting spots.
- Buying at the Venue
This is where people get ripped off the most. It is very common for scumbags to sell copies of print at home tickets. Once they are scanned once they will not work. Try to only buy hard copy tickets from our ticket vendors. These cannot be copied easily. Ask the seller to wait in line with you to make sure it scans. If they will not do this chances are they are trying to hustle you.