Looking to buy concert tickets this summer? When it comes to most third party tickets, you can tick-em off your list.
With excellent venues in Boston and across the state, Massachusetts hosts a wide array of musical acts for all to enjoy. As concert tickets increase in price, a myriad of third-party sites like Craigslist and eBay offer a chance for people to sell their extra concert tickets – sometimes with the promise of a great deal. However, the “deals” on these concert tickets are far and few between. And there’s more than just high prices to be concerned by.
In July, Consumer Affairs staff looked into ticket prices for shows in the Boston area on third-party ticket reseller sites. Two-day pass tickets for this September’s Boston Calling Festival start at $213 through ticket resellers though are sold for only $140 directly through Ticketmaster. Staff found some tickets to be priced as much as $335, averaging $279 – a $130 increase over the original price.
More importantly, consumers have no way to verify that tickets bought on Craigslist or many other websites are authentic. You may not be stuck with just a hole in your wallet from inflated prices, but you may be left disappointed standing outside the concert venue as well.
The following tips will help you better protect yourself from concert ticket scams:
- Use the original ticket retailer when possible. Buying a ticket on a third-party site like Craigslist or eBay doesn’t always guarantee you an authentic ticket.
- When buying from a ticket reseller, check that the reseller is licensed. The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) licenses resellers. This ensures that consumers are given protections from exorbitant price increases, accidentally buying fake tickets, and more. You can visit the EOPSS website for more information.
- Check the ticket seller’s guarantee policy. Some ticket sellers, like StubHub, will guarantee the authenticity of tickets and others may not. Always read the fine print.
Read our full press release regarding our investigation on our website.
Something To Be Thankful For: Price Scanning Accuracy posted on Nov 19
The Massachusetts Item Pricing Law was written to ensure that food retailers remained consistent and accurate in how they charge consumers. Since its last update in 2013, the law has been extended to cover consumer-use price scanners and automated check out systems. The Division of …Continue Reading Something To Be Thankful For: Price Scanning Accuracy
Thinking of Joining a Health Club? Read the Fine Print. posted on Nov 14
With the holiday season fast approaching, and the New Year soon after, many consumers are already starting to consider health club memberships as part of their 2015 resolutions. Last year, our office surveyed local health clubs and found that getting a good deal on health club …Continue Reading Thinking of Joining a Health Club? Read the Fine Print.
IRS Scam Alert: Don’t Be Tricked into Paying Debts You Don’t Really Owe posted on Oct 3
Recently, the Hotline received three calls about this scam in just one week, so it is important for consumers to know how it works and how to avoid being scammed.