Avoiding the ticket broker blues

Avoiding the ticket broker blues

(ANGIE'S LIST) - If you're trying to find tickets to a big sporting event or you want to get into a sold out concert, ticket brokers are eagerly waiting for you online. But prices can vary and scam artists are lurking.

Angie's List founder, Angie Hicks says online ticket shopping may be easy, but you need to know what you're paying for so you don't pay too much.

"Comparing prices actually can be difficult because when you're looking at prices you may not realize the final price until you go through the checkout funnel with added fees" said Hicks.

Angie's List put together these tips to protect yourself when buying tickets through a broker:

  • Before you buy tickets, find and review the terms of sale or terms of service information on the broker's website. If license information is included, attempt to verify it through the regulating agency.
  • Check to see if your potential broker belongs to the National Association of Ticket Brokers, a non-profit trade group that has a code of ethics members agree to follow. Search the NATB website to see if the broker you're dealing with is registered as a member. The NATB also processes consumer complaints.
  • Don't buy resale tickets with cash. A credit card transaction is more secure. If the tickets are counterfeit, you may be able to get your money back from the vendor or you can dispute the charge through your credit card issuer.
  • To get the best deal, check several broker websites to determine current market value for what you want. Always look at the seat location and the amount charged. The only fees that brokers should charge are the ticket price and delivery fee. A typical delivery fee is $15. The broker's website will not show this charge until you get to the checkout screen. Verify the total cost of the transaction before entering credit card information.

For more information you can contact the National Association of Ticket Brokers at (630) 510-45994. You can also find out more on the NATB website.

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