Is it Safe To Buy Concert Tickets Online?


Even though it is the 2010's, there is still some degree of a stigma involved in buying event tickets online. Many people are hesitant to do it for a number of reasons. First of all, what if the ticket you purchased to go see Garth Brooks or Alice in Chains turns out to be fraudulent?

There is nothing worse than going to your favorite venue only to find out that you have been totally ripped off. Stubhub realizes that. However, the good news is that there are measures you can take to avoid buying fraudulent tickets. It starts, first of all, with asking yourself all of the appropriate questions. Consider the following as a good start:

Have you thoroughly examined the ticket to see if it is authentic?

The first step is to give the ticket a thorough examination. You want to make sure that the ticket does not have obvious spelling errors and has the location of the performance done correctly. You also want to make sure that's the ticket has a good barcode system.

What does your gut tell you?

Do the tickets you have “feel” like real tickets? Do they look like they have been presented well? Or do they seem like they were hastily thrown together in someone’s basement? Better yet, consider this next question.

What does the ticket look like when it's compared to other tickets?

If you are a regular concert-goer, it's always a good idea to keep a ticket stub or some other souvenir to compare to your new tickets. If the ticket in question does not resemble one of your old tickets, then something might be wrong and it might not be passing the smell test. In that case, you should contact the vendor for a prompt refund.

Do the seats on the ticket really exist?

This is a biggie. Always check with the venue to ensure that the seats printed on your ticket actually are present within the building. There have been many cases where a “ticket” may be expertly made and hard to determine as a fake. In this case, that is when a little bit of homework is necessary. If your seat is non-existent, you might be able to get a replacement as long as you determine the ticket is fake before arriving at the concert.

Is the website I am purchasing the tickets from legitimate?

Check the reviews of the website and check various organizational bodies such as the Better Business Bureau to determine if this is a good website. This leads to our next question…

Am I aware of the policies of this website?

If the website seems to be legitimate, check their policies to ensure they have appropriate safeguards in place to make sure you will at least get a monetary refund if your ticket turns out to be fraudulent.

Am I buying the ticket off of Craigslist?

While this is more of a self-reflection question, it is still important. In this day and age, There are plenty of places to buy a ticket without resorting to Craigslist. You might think you could save money on this website, however, Craigslist is definitely home to tons of scammers.

If you keep these questions in mind, there is absolutely no reason why you won’t enjoy all future concerts with all of your favorite stars and not have to worry about fake tickets! You should be all about having a good time and not have to be concerned about being turned away at the gate. Due diligence on your tickets will keep this unfortunate possibility from happening.

What's your best advice when it comes to purchasing concert tickets online?


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