Published: 29/01/2019 - By Jason Palmer
It’s happening: your favorite band just tweeted their concert schedule for the months ahead, and you happen to be near the concert location! After realizing this, you go check for the full list tickets. It’s online, most likely, so the world wide web is where you head to. Fingers typing fast, the search results show a number of concert ticket sellers.
Hold your horses, though. You may be willing to fork over the bucks for a concert happening months away, but you want to be careful, too. The reports of fans being scammed out of a concert are one too many. If you happen to be getting your tickets last-minute, your chances of getting scammed just quadrupled. Your concert experience should be a memory of excitement and not of frustration over fraud. Doing background checks on a concert ticket seller is one way to avoid the burn and hassle of fake purchases.
Take these tips to heart so that you can fully enjoy your event, from the exhilaration of scoring tickets right up to the concert itself.
Buy From Reputable Concert Ticket Sellers.
You will definitely find information about your artist’s or band’s upcoming concert on their official website and on their social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and others. Along with the schedule and ticket prices, their organizer’s official ticket partners will be listed there as well. Avoid fake tickets by only buying from official sales outlets.
Blur The Barcode!
You’re excited, of course, you are. Your coveted ticket is in your hands and you can’t help but do a shoutout on social media. If you must, you should cover your ticket’s barcode. Many fans have fallen victim to invalidated tickets because their barcode was copied and stolen by enterprising online scalpers.
Scout Fan Forums And Other Web Sources.
It’s possible that you’re not able to get from the official sources because their tickets have been sold out or you just weren’t able to buy one at the time. Chances are that you’re buying close to the concert date, and your only hope is to get tickets from unofficial sites. You can check forums and ticket-reselling websites for this. There are people with tickets who, for some reason, can’t go. If you happen to make a deal with one, you need to make sure that your scalper is legit. Background checking a concert ticket seller should be the first step in your protocol if you decide to take on this risk.
Proceed With Caution.
You should be aware that your chances of getting scammed are higher. Check the reputation of ticket-reselling sites on the Better Business Bureau. For individuals selling their tickets, set a schedule to meet at a public space so that you can check the tickets personally beforehand. It’s harder to verify the reputation of individual sellers, though.
Pay Attention To Feedback, Stars, Reviews, And Tenure.
Legitimate resellers on ticket sites are usually verified members with good ratings and reviews. Take the time to read the customer service feedback their past clients have given.
Find Out Who Owns Or Guarantees Ticket Reselling Sites.
If you are wary about such websites, one good inclusion in your background checks should be to find out who owns them. Parent companies are usually owned or backed by established popular brands.
Check The Frequency Of Returns For Money Back.
If your ticket has proven to be a fake one, verify if the ticket seller can return your money. You can find out about the ticket seller’s integrity through forum discussions and internet searches as well. Being able to honor its commitment to customers is one of the guarantees of customer service.
And when you’re finally joyfully shrieking at the concert on the event day, you’ll be glad you took the time to do background checks for your coveted ticket.