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Buying Concert Tickets From An Online Ticket Reseller? What You Should Know.

I was recently given the task of purchasing a concert ticket for a young friend of mine. He needed a ticket for an Alice in Chains / Deftones concert at Key Arena in Seattle and he insisted on the general admission ticket (on the floor) so that he could get close to the stage. The problem was the general admission tickets were sold out, but he had given me a few links to some online concert ticket resellers that had floor tickets available, so I checked out the links...

The face price of the concert ticket for general admission was $63, and if purchased through Ticketmaster there was an added $12 service charge, making it a $75 ticket. At the first online ticket reseller website I checked out (I won't name names here) the cheapest GA ticket available was $87. Not too bad, I thought, so I clicked on the "buy" button. On the next website page I was dismayed to find that the ticket reseller had a $21 "service charge" and in addition to that charged $15 just to mail the tickets! (and the $15 mailing charge was the cheapest option.) All together that came to $123! Outrageous! I quickly exited the website and checked out the other online ticket resellers only to find that they all charged the same extra fees. Sure, that's how they make their money, but to me this was unacceptable. However, I did find better options for purchasing sold out concert tickets online...

1) Ticketmaster resellers: On the ticketmaster website they do have a "ticket resellers" page where you can purchase sold out tickets (if the concert tickets are handled by Ticketmaster). The ticket prices are set by the sellers but the sales and delivery are handled by Ticketmaster. I found a general admission ticket here for only $75 and was happy to find that Ticketmaster did NOT charge any extra service fee on top of that and they even mailed the ticket to me for free (with the standard shipping option). So I got my concert ticket here for the same price it would have cost if I had bought it from Ticketmaster before the tickets sold out. Sweet!

2) Craigslist: you can always find concert tickets sold on craigslist, but the ticket prices vary widely and you've got to be careful you are not ripped off by a scammer. However, most tickets sold on craigslist are genuine and I did find a couple people selling tickets for my concert at only a small mark up. I didn't follow up on them since I bought my ticket through the ticketmaster website.

As far as the online ticket resellers go, I find their added service and delivery charges to be outrageous and unacceptable and will never buy a concert ticket through them, no matter how badly I want into the concert. Heck, I'd rather stand outside the arena and listen to the music coming out of the walls than pay their prices. 'Nuff said!

By Paul Diamond Blow - Paul Diamond Blow is a musician, spoken word artist, punk rock star, kung fu master, and part time Space Commander living in Seattle, WA. He has an A.A. degree in Audio Engineering/Digital Audio production, ...  

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