From those trying to get tickets to the Ellen show to those interested in seeing Olympic events there are more and more reports of ticket scams every year. There are many advantages to the Internet but one of the drawbacks is definitely that it is easier for untrustworthy people to get a hold of unsuspecting customer's money and giving them nothing in return. So, if you're traveling to see your favorite singer in concert or want to go see a musical in the city than you should definitely take precautions when buying your tickets. Here are some tips to help you avoid getting caught up in a ticket scam.
The first tip is a pretty obvious one. If you're able to buy the tickets right from the venue you're going to or a place like Ticket Master that's going to be the safest route. If you're traveling and want to take in a performance of the famous Anne of Green Gables or are booking tickets to a show at Roy Thompson Hall than you're going to get the best service (and usually the best seats) when speaking directly to the source. Pick up the phone and buy straight from the box office or if you're in the area stop by the theatre. While it may be a little more work than ordering online from the comfort of your unit or elsewhere, it's certainly the best way to get what you pay for.
Unfortunately, there are always going to be times when you want tickets to a sold out concert or can't find what you're looking for through the main distributors. That's when many people are now turning to online auction sites like eBay and community sites like Craigslist or Kijiji. While there are some people who have legitimate tickets to sell on these sites, it is also the main breeding ground for illegal ticket sales.
If you're dealing with an auction on eBay there are some things that you can look for to help you determine the reliability of the seller that you're dealing with. Every seller has a rating that they get from past sales where the buyer commented on the transaction. This could be for them selling an extra pair of custom orthotics they had made, to a person selling used tires or stamps for collectors. The more positive feedback and successful transactions that have occurred with that buyer the safer your money usually is. For extra reassurance, read all of their negative comments to make sure there is no mention of a scam.
With Craigslist and like sites you are usually dealing with other people within your city. Some people suggest that when you agree to make a purchase you should make the money and ticket exchange in a public place. This way you will know that you're getting what you paid for. You should never send money over wire transfers. If they're living in outside the city and your downtown there's no reason you can't meet in a coffee shop in the middle.