Online Tickets

Standing in a long lineup waiting to buy tickets is a thing of the past. Most people who are planning on attending a popular concert now buy their tickets online, which they can do without ever leaving their home. In fact, online ticketing has caught on so well that there are literally hundreds of sites competing for your business. So how to you choose? What's the best way to go about buying a ticket online?

The important thing to remember is that while many online ticketing retailers are legitimate, there are also scammers out there who want to steal your credit card number. If you're lucky they'll just take your money, if you're not, they'll take your whole identity and start buying luxury items under your name. To keep this from happening, never type your credit card number into a site that your web browser and internet security software have not deemed safe.

As far as deciding which online ticketer to use, the best way to choose is to visit the website of the venue where the concert will be held. Sometimes the venues themselves will have their own online ticketing systems, but more likely they will have contracted with a specific ticketer (like Ticket Master) and will direct you through making your purchase. This is still easier than walking the few blocks from your home to the venue to buy your ticket, as a real-time map will show you what seats are available.

Another way you might choose an online ticketer is by visiting the official website for the band. Often they will post a link or a telephone number where fans can go and buy their tickets. One thing you should not do is simply Google "buy tickets online" because you'll get a lot of junk returns from scammers and ticketers who aren't authorized to carry the tickets for the concert you want.

Make sure you log on and buy your tickets as early as possible after they go on sale to have the best choice of seats. Have your credit card number and personal information ready because transactions on ticketing sites will time out if you take too long and you may lose your chosen seat to another fan. And just because you're paying by credit card, don't be tempted to overspend on premium packages or you'll end up going to in debt or in need of a second mortgage on your house. (already in financial ruin? Visit Cannect for mortgage advice.

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