8 Tips On How To Find Cheap Concert Tickets
In this digital age of downloadable music, pay-per-view and Internet radio, it is a rather simple and cheap thing to listen to your favorite band’s songs. Despite this level of connectedness that we enjoy, though, we sometimes still want to be there for the real thing. Unfortunately, ticket prices to concerts can be high. Even a mediocre seat can easily cost hundreds of dollars. However, by employing the right tactics – and by having a little luck – you can often cut these prices significantly. Read on for 8 tips on how to find cheap concert tickets.
Join A Fan Club
Virtually every artist that sells tickets for live shows has a fan club and virtually all of these fan clubs are centered on an Internet site. Fans who stay connected to their favorite artists in this way can often benefit from lower ticket prices. In some cases, artists issue discounted presales through their fan clubs allowing dedicated fans to get tickets at a fraction of what the going price will be for the general public later on.
Buy Directly From The Box Office
Most venues have ticket offices that start selling tickets long before the concert date. If you live in the area, it may be a simple task to go down to the ticket office and purchase a ticket there instead of through a third-party merchant. By doing so, you can forego the added service fees that merchants like Ticketmaster charge which are usually in the neighborhood of 15 percent of the original price.
Buying early is usually one of the best ways of ensuring that you do not get overcharged for your ticket – especially if you suspect that the show will sell out. As the date of the concert draws near, ticket agents may bump up the prices for ticket groups that are selling quickly and resellers will probably try to charge exorbitant fees for whatever they have.
It may seem counterintuitive, but some of the best deals available for concert tickets come just before the show. This is because things sometimes come up causing people who had intended to go to suddenly have tickets that they need to get rid of within a very short timeframe. People with this problem can be found on the Internet through sites like Craigslist and eBay. However, before dealing with people through eBay, pay attention to their track records. The site can sometimes be the home of scammers. While Craigslist transactions occur in-person, eBay transactions do not.
Buy Very Late
Starting days before any sold-out concert and continuing up until the minute it begins, opportunistic resellers – or “scalpers” – often try to resell tickets at exorbitant prices. However, once the concert actually starts, those prices usually start to drastically decline. Sometimes, if you buy from a scalper 30 minutes into the performance, you can actually get a respectable deal. However, the obvious problem with this approach is that it means missing the beginning of the concert. Scalpers tend to hang around near the entrance of the venue – but not too close, as there are usually laws stipulating that they have to maintain their distance. Whenever you deal with scalpers, though, remember that you are the one with the power. You do not absolutely need to go to the concert, but his financial stability may depend on getting at least something back for what he initially paid. Make him feel that you are willing to walk away, and he will be more willing to give you a deal.
Buy From Online Brokers
On the ladder of ticket reseller legitimacy, online brokers are on the rung between scalpers and authorized merchants such as Ticketmaster. They work through sites such as Ticketwood. As with scalpers, online brokers tend to try to charge high fees in the days and weeks leading up to the event. Within 48 hours of the event, though, prices usually start to drop. Tickets bought on the same day as the event usually come at a good price. However, there may or may not be an additional service fee included which may or may not be less than what Ticketmaster or a comparable site would charge.
Do Not Use Credit Cards
In many cases – especially if you buy at the venue box office – using a credit card can result in an additional fee on top of what you are paying for the ticket. To avoid this fee, use a debit card or cash to make your purchase. The only exception to this rule would be for cases in which your credit card company offers special promotions for concert ticket purchases. If you can get such a promotion, it will usually more than offset the price of the fee.
The last way of saving money on concert tickets is probably the least fun, but the most effective: work for them. For some types of events – especially local music festivals – you can get your tickets for free or at least discounted by volunteering. Such events generally need people to help with parking, crowd direction etc. Especially if it is a multi-day event, you can often get a free ticket for putting in a few hours of work. For tickets that can cost hundreds of dollars, this can sometimes be well worth it.
If you are on the hunt for some cheap concert tickets, check out these 8 tips. They just might help you score a great deal.