If you have done a Google search for Justin Bieber tickets, Laker tickets or any other event tickets you know that there are many websites to buy tickets from. At first glance it is a little overwhelming to see all of the different sites that pop up when you get your search results.
At the top of the page you usually see at least three advertisements in a pink box, to the right there are even more ads and then below the pink box are the natural results. Google puts search results in the order of most relevant to your search according to Google’s criteria(whatever that really is?). Website owners spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to advertise and get to the top of the page naturally. Does this really matter to your bank account? Probably not!
What really matters to most people searching for tickets is where they can find the best deal. So, let’s do an apples to apples comparison of the sites you may see on the pages of Google and see who really has the best ticket prices?
We have selected four popular sites to include in the ticket price comparison. We were going to include TicketsNow.com as the 5th website, but you have to be a member to check prices on this site. No thanks!
Here are some of the most popular events and what four different websites will charge you for a pair of tickets to go to these events. The location of the tickets that are being compared are close to what the average ticket costs to attend the event. Price shown is for 2 tickets with a discount, if one is offered. Tickets are same venue, same date and are in the same exact location. Best price available is in BOLD.
Book of Mormon Broadway tickets – Average ticket = $258.22 (Front Mezzanine Row B)
Stubhub – 2 x $244.00 = $488.00 + $48.80 fee + 16.95 standard shipping = $553.75 No discount offered.
TicketNetwork – 2 x $213.00 = $426.00 + $78.82 fee + $15 standard shipping = $519.82 Discount after purchasing first item is $20.00 on future order.
Bubba’sGotTickets – 2 x $213.00 = $426.00 + $76.68 fee + $15 standard shipping = $517.00 After $25.13 discount = $491.87 Use discount code: SAVE
TicketZoom – 2 x $200 = $400.00 + $92.00 fee + $15 standard shipping = $507.00 After $8.00 discount code = $499.00 Discount code: SAVE
Justin Bieber tickets – Average ticket = $329.60 (220 Row 18)
Stubhub – 2 x $274.00 = $548.00 + $54.80 fee + 16.95 standard shipping = $619.75 No discount offered.
TicketNetwork – 2 x $266.00 = $532.00 + $98.42 fee + $15 standard shipping = $645.42 Discount after purchasing first item is $20.00 on future order.
Bubba’sGotTickets – 2 x $266.00 = $532.00 + $95.76 fee + $15 standard shipping = $642.76 After $31.39 discount = $611.37 Use discount code: SAVE
TicketZoom – 2 x $250 = $500.00 + $115.00 fee + $15 standard shipping = $630.00 After $10.00 discount code = $620.00 Discount code: SAVE
Laker tickets – Average ticket = $129.94 (208 Row 9)
Stubhub – 2 x $114.00 = $228.00 + $22.80 fee + 16.95 standard shipping = $267.75 No discount offered.
TicketNetwork – 2 x $106.00 = $212.00 + $39.22 fee + $15 standard shipping = $266.22 Discount after purchasing first item is $20.00 on future order.
Bubba’sGotTickets – 2 x $106.00 = $212.00 + $38.16 fee + $15 standard shipping = $265.16 After $12.51 discount = $252.65 Use discount code: SAVE
TicketZoom – 2 x $100 = $200.00 + $46.00 fee + $15 standard shipping = $261.00 After $4.00 discount code = $257.00 Discount code: SAVE
The comparison of these four ticket websites found BubbasGotTickets.com to be the least expensive. This was an apples to apples comparison. Ticket buyers are encouraged to compare ticket prices on these sites, use available discount codes and to look at the final price before purchasing. Below is a summary of each site and what the sites really offer.
Stubhub uses a cartoon looking tree they call “Ticket Oak” and claim they have “Solid Deals” but we could find no discount code for the site. Stubhub does offer a rewards program that offers 2% for every eligible purchase. This is not a significant discount and in fact has several restrictions. Stubhub Fan Rewards Program
TicketNetwork offers a code for $20 on a future purchase, but under certain conditions. The initial order has to be over $250.00 to be eligible not including fees and shipping.
BubbasGotTickets offers several discount codes. The discount code: SAVE can be used on any purchase and has no restriction on the purchase amount and can save ticket buyers a significant amount.
TicketZoom claims in almost every pay per click ad to save 75% off purchases and up to $100 when in fact their discount code: SAVE only actually offered a savings of $10 on a $630 purchase.