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Guidelines For Buying Tickets Online

Posted by Dave On December - 18 - 2008

chargers_season_tickets_2008.jpgUnless you plan on tailgating outside the mall while your wife goes Christmas shopping, tickets are a pretty important ingredient to completing your tailgate. If you don’t have tickets to the game or concert that really limits your tailgating options. I recently had the pleasure of meeting Reed Terry from Sports Tickets 411 and he offered to write a guest article on the Do’s and Don’ts of buying tickets online. After all, if you don’t have tickets, it makes it kind of hard to go tailgating. Here is Reed’s advice on the how to navigate the perils of online ticket purchasing.

The emergence of the internet and its applications over the last few years has changed our way of life. The effect of the internet has been felt in almost every sphere of human life. Buying things and reserving tickets online have provided not only comfort but also price advantages to the consumer. As a result, the number of people who use the internet for booking tickets for their favorite cultural events such as concerts, plays and other shows and sporting events such as basketball, baseball, soccer, and football games has been rising steadily each year. But one cannot say for sure that the booking facility on the internet is mature and foolproof. There are too many loopholes left in the online reservation system to feel comfortable about the whole thing. Greedy and dishonest people with the required hardware and software know-how can digitally pickpocket people in the name of online booking.

Guidelines For Buying Tickets Online

Know thy website: When you buy sports tickets on the internet, you must have reasonably good knowledge about the organization which is running the website you are dealing with. Normally, the websites of reputed and accredited ticket broking agencies are safe bets. But if you are dealing with an unknown website that offers unbelievable price reduction, you better be careful. You do not want to find out that you have an invalid ticket when you reach the stadium on game day. Check out with the official website of the team or league such as NFL, MLB, and NBA. Check the list of official ticketing agencies. If the website that offers you tickets is in the list, then you can proceed. On the other hand, if it is not there, it does not mean that the website is fake. But you need to do further research to verify the trustworthiness of the website.

When in doubt, seek help: There are several consumer protection agencies out there. If you are not sure about the genuineness of a particular website, you can contact these agencies. A premier agency in this regard in the USA is Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division. They maintain a list of organizations against which they have received complaints from the public. The absence of the name of a particular company does not mean that that the company is genuine. It only implies that no complaints have so far been registered against that company.

Credit card is always better than cash or check: Credit cards provide more security to the transaction than other modes. Also, buying with credit cards provides the option for claiming damage if the event is canceled or you are denied entry into the stadium.

S for security: If you have the option, deal with secure websites. Checking the spelling of the address of the website on the browser window provides you an idea about the secure nature of the website. If the address starts with “https” instead of the usual “http”, then it is a secure website. You need to understand that “https” normally appears only when you reach the transaction window.

Other than the above-mentioned aspects, good websites normally spell out contingency plans and refund options clearly if the game or concert is canceled or the user wants to cancel the ticket.

For more information, please visit NFL Tickets Information Online. A sports site filled with great information on every team and all venues around the country with articles on how to get cheap NFL tickets online.

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One Response to “Guidelines For Buying Tickets Online”

  1. You can also get some great deals on tickets from online classified sites like Craigslist and Free Ticket Classifieds. You still have to worry about fake tickets but if you pay with something like Paypal you are covered.

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