Getting affordable tickets to the hottest shows in
town can seem impossible.
Not only are tickets expensive, many shows sell out
Consumer Reports explains why and has some useful
tips on how to get good seats at a decent price.
News 8's Martha Koloski has more.
Shari DiPaola bought a ticket online to see her favorite
band for hundreds of dollars.
Then she realized she over paid.
I saw that the cost was in the 50 something dollars.
I was mortified.
I was so angry.
Software called bots allows brokers to scoop up tickets
at lightning speed and resell them online at a huge
So how do you avoid getting gouged?
One thing you can do is go through the official ticket
seller like Ticketmaster, and create an account.
That way, you won't have to log on and enter payment
details during which time a bot can go in and grab
Take advantage of presales
through sites like TicketCrusader-dot-com
and PreSalePasswordInfo-dot-com And look out for credit
card promotions which offer card holders first dibs
We also found if you visit the resale sites closer
to the event itself, ticket prices can plummet.
So patience really does pay off.
Consumer Reports tracked prices for a Los Angeles
Dodgers baseball game through sites like ScoreBig,
FanxChange and SeatGeek and found more than a 50-dollar
difference compared to the box office price.
On the day of the event, for a similar ticket the
price went down almost 80-dollars to about 23-dollars.
And forget going to a concert in a group.
Buying fewer tickets ups your chances for success.
As for Shari, she learned from her high priced mistake
and plans to change how she'll buy tickets from now
I felt foolish absolutely ridiculous for spending
that much money." I'm not going to do it again."
The effort to crackdown on the use of bots has already
The House of Representatives just passed a bill that
would make it illegal for people to use them and make
it illegal to sell bot software or tickets knowingly
bought through bots.
The bill is now pending in the Senate.