THE SUMMER OF MUSIC
It's summertime and that means it's concert season! While going to shows should mean light-hearted fun, buying tickets can be a big pain. With the evolution in digital music, the music industry makes most of its money from live
events, so tickets are more expensive than ever and often sell out. Here we explore some trends in ticket purchasing and offer tips that will enhance your ticket-buying experience.
It pays to wait
If you're flexible about where you sit, or you just want general admission tickets, prices drop substantially 48 hours before an event.
Join the club
Tickets to sold-out events are available before official sales through fan clubs or credit card rewards. If you can't risk waiting, join the club and get them early!
Enter the secondary market: check StubHub, Craigslist or eBay, where tickets are sold up to the night of the event.
Watch out for fakes
Especially if you're buying directly from an individual seller you found on Craigslist, and if the ticket is an email printout. Those are often fake.
ITs a balancing act
For major pop artists, such as Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga, venue size inversely affects ticket prices. The bigger the venue, the more prices drop post-release. The smaller the venue, the more expensive they become overtime.
Don’t go first
Try to avoid the first night of a multi-night series of shows for an artist, as they are generally the most expensive.
Avoid shopping cart time-outs
Often you're nearly done and then your shopping cart times out! Use an express checkout service like Dashlane to get yourtix as quickly as possible. Don't lose your place in line!
Use discount codes
Search Twitter and Facebook for early and discount codes. Sponsors, retailers and artists often share them with their followers.
Don't miss out
Join Songkick to track new concert dates for your favorite artists.
Get the best seat
Use SeatGeek's ranked seating charts to get the best seat for your money.
TICKET BUYER’S FEES
Online ticket-buying is super-convenient but what's up with all the fees? Depending on the site, fees can be zero to 40% of the ticket price!
$099+35% BrownPaper Tickets
8% Empire Tickets
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