A concert, sporting event or theater show is coming to town and you missed out buying tickets or you couldn't buy the perfect seats when they went on sale. It's amazing how many ticket buyers think the only way to get verified tickets to an event is through the Venue Box Office, Ticketmaster or Live Nation.
However, some empty-handed ticket buyers will search for tickets on Craigslist or eBay. Some ticket buyers are afraid to purchase tickets from those websites because they believe there is no accountability or bylaws in place protecting them from scammers.
Lehigh Valley Event Tickets wants to help take some of the mystery out of buying event tickets and help Ticket Buyers understand safe buying practices and ticket terminologies.
KNOW WHO YOU ARE BUYING TICKETS FROM:
This is the number one rule no matter what tickets you're buying. When it comes to buying tickets online or in person, don't just look for the cheapest prices and then just buy them.
Research the Ticket Seller's full name on Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social sites to get a better idea of what kind of business or person you're dealing with. If you can not find a social page of the person you are buying from with the correct information about them and a picture to match the name, it's a big time red flag.
Google the contact phone number for a matching contact name and view all search results for any additional information pertaining to the Ticket Seller's phone number. If you cannot find anything matching the name to the phone number, that could spell trouble.
Don't do business with anyone you're not comfortable with or someone you cannot call if an issue arises before, during or after you purchase. Do business with someone who will not only provide all the information about the tickets, but a lot traceable information about themselves too.
Scammers will tell you everything you want to hear about the tickets and nothing about themselves that is traceable. So do not be afraid to ask so you can research.
EBAY TICKET SELLERS:
Ticket Sellers on eBay provide very little information about themselves, except for their Seller Rating and Location. All ticket transactions on eBay are handled by PayPal. There is no guarantee that the tickets you ordered will be verified tickets, be for the exact date you selected or will be in the exact location you selected.
The only guarantee you have on eBay if fraud happens is, PayPal will refund you after an investigation is completed and the ruling is in your favor. However, PayPal will not reimburse you for any aggravation, disappointment and suffering.
PRIVATE TICKET SELLERS:
Private Ticket Sellers from online classified websites such as Backpage or Craigslist will provide you everything about the tickets, but very little information about themselves unless you ask.
All information provided by a Private Ticket Seller could be false and untraceable. Therefore you must be smart enough to research and gather as much legal information before meeting to purchase tickets from them.
The first step before buying tickets from them would be for you to personally view the Ticket Seller's "Photo Drivers License". In order to know you are viewing a valid Photo Drivers License of the Private Ticket Seller, ask for a Major Credit Card so you can match the first and last name on both cards.
The next step would be to take a picture of the Photo Drivers License with your cell phone. If the Private Ticket Seller refuses to provide two cards with matching names and or refuses to allow you to take a picture of the Photo Drivers License, then you must walk away.
All transactions with a Private Ticket Seller are cash only or with PayPal. There is very little guarantee about the tickets being verified, so protect your money by using PayPal when buying from a Private Ticket Seller.
CERTIFIED AND LICENSED TICKET BROKER:
All Certified and Licensed Ticket Websites Brokers event tickets are required to provide a toll-free phone number and at least one email address on their ticket website. All Certified and Licensed Ticket Brokers are monitored, reviewed and are held accountable if they're not complying with the high standard of customer satisfaction when selling tickets to you.
All ticket transactions on a Certified and Licensed Ticket Website are by credit card and PayPal only. This provides a safe and secure transaction for all Ticket Buyers.
Certified and Licensed Ticket Websites will never display photos of the tickets for sale. But on Backpage, Craigslist, eBay and many other online Classified Websites, you'll find countless photos of tickets on display from Private Ticket Sellers.
If all the ticket information and or barcodes are visible for the world to see, there is a great chance the information could be or is being used by a scammer to sell duplicates and or fake tickets everywhere possible.
You will never know your tickets are duplicates or fake until you attempt to enter the venue. You would be amazed at how many people continue to get fooled because they didn't research the Ticket Seller first or even know what the genuine tickets should look like.
SAFE PURCHASING PRACTICES:
If you're meeting a Private Ticket Seller face-to-face, make sure it's in a public place. Criminals know you'll be bringing cash for those tickets, so it's probably not a good idea to meet anyone in an isolated place because it could cost you more than your money, maybe your car or even your life.
Many suburban and city police departments are allowing Ticket Buyers to use their precinct for ticket transactions. It's a great idea, just call ahead in advance to use this free and safe option. If a Private Ticket Seller refuses or makes excuses not to meet you at any precinct, you should walk away.
What happens if the event is canceled? This has happened and sometimes events are canceled minutes before they start or even after they started.
Getting a refund from a Private Ticket Seller could take time or may never happen if you didn't research and ask for the right legal information before making the ticket transaction. This is important because you are dealing with a person you never met before and may never see again.
Even if you finally do make contact with the Private Ticket Seller, you have no written guarantee and legal action may be required for a full refund of your ticket transaction if the person starts playing games. Just imagine, the Private Ticket Seller could be thinking he/she is getting a refund from the box office and is now keeping your money too.
All Certified and Licensed Ticket Brokers have a 100% Money Back Guarantee written on their website and will credit your account as soon as the event is canceled and officially not rescheduled. However, they will not issue a refund if the event is rescheduled and you wish not to attend or cannot attend the new date.
Hopefully, you feel more confident and smarter about buying event tickets now. Don't forget, buying authentic tickets from a Licensed and Certified Ticket Broker is safe, secure and a guarantee that you will enjoy the event.
But if you don't care about the risk and only care about the bottom line, then take a chance buying tickets with a Private Ticket Seller. Hopefully, you do not become a victim of a ticket scam.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions about tickets or concerns about Lehigh Valley Event Tickets by calling our "TicketMediator Live Support" toll free number at 855-859-4032. We're here to help you because we value your business.
Lehigh Valley Event Tickets is the largest and most trusted secondary online marketplace in the greater Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Hershey, Phillipsburg and Reading metropolitan area. We have countless real authentic tickets available everyday for events sold-out or not.
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