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Buying Tickets On eBay - Are They The Real Deal?

Jun 18, 2008
Is a big event coming up soon and you are having troubles finding tickets? If so, you might want to consider looking to eBay as a resource for finding tickets to your favorite events, concerts, sports games, and other ticketed events. However, the one thing you want to be aware of when using an avenue such as eBay to purchase event tickets is that not everyone is being honest.

It is important that before you part with your hard earned money you make sure that they person selling them is honest. Also at the same time you need to make sure that they will be giving you genuine tickets and you will get what you want in relation to the seating. To make sure that you get what you paid for there are a number of steps you need to take.

How To Make Sure That Your Tickets Are Genuine

The first that you should be doing is checking the seller of the tickets out. EBay has two great programs which buyers can use one that offers feedback on the seller and the other which rates the seller. Using these two programs can help you to determine whether the seller you have selected is right for you or not. Look closely at their history, are they someone who has sold tickets before? Look at the feedback given, have they been prompt and honest with other buyers? Also did the buyers get what they asked and paid for? It is for this reason that eBay have designed this system so one can quickly determine whether the seller is right or not. As you look at the feedback and ratings of a seller make sure you choose those who have an overall rating of between 97-100%. Yes, they may have a couple of bad reviews does not mean that they may treat you in a similar fashion to those who have provided negative feedback.

The description is something that should immediately tell you if it is the genuine article or not. Along with the seller providing details of when the event happens, they should be providing you with details about the event itself and where within the event location where the seats are situated. You may also find that they tell you the venue name and in some cases they may even provide an interior map of the venue which clearly shows where the seats on the tickets you are purchasing are located.

It is important that you know what you would be expected to pay for these tickets. Most people are not allowed by law to sell any tickets they have for more than they were originally brought for. So do your homework and carry out some research in relation to the event, the venue where it is being held and know exactly what someone would have originally paid for the tickets before you put in your bid.

If you feel something isn't right or need to find out more then do not hesitate and contact the seller. EBay has a great way that allows you to contact the seller before placing a bid if you have any questions that need answering.

A number of sellers will opt to upload a photograph of the actual tickets on to the auction site along with the description. You may even find that they also provide evidence of proof of purchase by placing a copy of the receipt alongside them. This is certainly more proof to show that they are the genuine article, but not always will this be provided, unless the tickets are those which are very highly priced.

Trust your gut instincts at the same time, if something does not feel right, go with it, your conscience generally knows best. Lastly, you should also use a trusted form of payment, typically PayPal or your credit card. PayPal offers what is called Buyer Protection, which could protect you if something were to happen to the tickets.
About the Author
Getting tickets for events that are sold out is not that hard. If you would like more information about buying tickets on eBay then please go to Get Sold Out Tickets by clicking on the link here.
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