HOW TO BUY TICKETS SAFELY
How To Buy Tickets Safely
There are many credible-looking websites set up for the express purpose of making a lot of money for their owner and we only ever advise our users to purchase from primary ticket sites “Skiddle”. Skiddle is an example of a legitimate, primary ticket outlet.
Primary Vs. Secondary Ticket Sellers
Secondary ticket sellers are rife and one thing most have in common is that they will generally charge you way over face value; this is always a warning sign that you’re using a secondary ticket outlet. Our advice would be to buy your tickets from an authorised ticket agent approved by The Producers and specified on our “Site”.
Protect Yourself Against The Fake Ticket Sites, Scams And Touts.
Once again we must re-state that we only recommend buying from our authorised ticket “Agency” which is appointed by the Producers and specified on our website. If you do decide at your own risk, to purchase from anywhere else this is what you need to look out for:
- Look for sites that have a full limited company name that you can look up on Companies House.
- Make sure there is a VAT number on the site.
- Avoid like the plague sites that are based abroad. You will find difficulties reclaiming your money or getting a refund if they don’t provide your tickets and reporting it to the authorities will be even more difficult as they use it as an excuse to wash their hands of it.
- Go to the website www.who.is and type in the website name in the bar. Hit enter and it will tell you where and who the website name is registered to. Just scroll down to the part where it says “registrant”. If it’s overseas, a PO Box address or anonymous, don’t buy from it.
- Don’t buy from eBay or Gumtree unless you like gambling and are happy to accept that you might not get your tickets or a refund. There is very little protection here and a number of scams have been successfully run via these sites.
- Even if a show is sold out initially, keep checking back with the authorised sellers. Some shows have more tickets released either nearer to the date or on the day of the gig. Don’t give up!
- Companies are required by law to show the face value. If it does not or shows the sale value well above the original value then it is not a valid agent.
As a result of the high demand, many fans will turn to the resale (secondary) market to get their tickets, but they run the risk of being ripped off or defrauded if they buy tickets from unscrupulous touts on the street or on unsecure sites. Many will be left out of pocket and face being turned away at the festival gate if their ticket turns out to be counterfeit.
- Don’t agree to meet strangers to hand over money for tickets. They could take your money and run. Besides, it could be dangerous to meet someone you don’t know.
- Make sure that any online exchange you use is reputable. Anyone can build a website or buy links on Google. Ask if they are in business with any major organisations or teams. Search to see if they’ve been written about by major publications.
- Never buy from a source that doesn’t give clear instructions, terms and conditions. Good resellers are happy to explain what your rights are and what their responsibilities are.
- Don’t buy tickets outside the event. This is where a great deal of fraud occurs. The “Picassos” of fraudulent tickets are now able to create forgeries that look as good as the originals, by the time you get to the door and are denied entry the street seller will be long gone.