Discount Tickets? Who really has the best ticket prices?

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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.

Theater

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

Concert

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

Sports

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

Conclusion

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.

Oh No, Not Another Ripoff Ticket Website

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I commented on a friends facebook page about a political topic last week and instead of receiving a reply to my comment, I received a message in my facebook message box that said, “Oh no, not another ripoff ticket website.”

Now, I didn’t recognize the sender at first as this individual is not my friend. But I have to admit, I was really perplexed over this message. I peeled back the layers of my brain to think of who this person might be and why this individual would make a personal attack on our ticket business? I decided to check for mutual friends with my friend who had posted the political topic earlier that morning.

Bingo! The person that messaged me was a friend of the guy that had the political post I commented on earlier that day. I immediately sent a message to our mutual friend and told him that I had been messaged by his friend and was not pleased with the personal attack on our business. I also blocked the person I did not know, so he could not have any further communication with me.

Our mutual friend responded and said many things including this comment about the offender, “He is a peace loving Buddhist and that is way out of character for him.”

Now this made me chuckle as I have never really envisioned a “peace loving Buddhist”. Mainly because I have no friends that I know of that practice Buddhism. So, I then responded back to my friend and agreed not to respond to the attacker. This incident, however, concerned me enough that I want to address the message I received that day.

Let me first say that BubbasGotTickets.com has never “ripped off” anyone. People have purchased hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of tickets from us and we have never heard anyone say that they have gotten ripped off.

We know that we are not always the least expensive route for ticket buyers, but we also know as I mentioned in an the earlier post, Tickets Now?, that we can also be a lot less expensive than the primary seller.

People use a site like ours to find sold out and hard to get tickets to sporting events, concerts and the theater. Those individuals are willing to pay an amount equal to what they feel the experience is worth to attend their particular event.

BubbasGotTickets.com is a much safer way to purchase tickets vs buying them from a scalper, on Craigslist or from eBay. Do a Google search and read some of the nightmare stories of people who paid large amounts of money for fraudulent tickets. Many of those people never recovered their funds.

So how do you know we are a legit way to get tickets to an upcoming event? The best way for you to verify our website is to scroll to the very bottom of our pages in the footer and hover over our Trust Guard Certificate. On the certificate, you will find our address and the phone number to customer service. You can also Google Trust Guard and read about their Verification Process. Our customer service email is: customersupport@bubbasgottickets.com and can be found in the Contact Us section of our website, which is on the left side of every page at the very bottom under the heading, “Links”.

We want our customers to feel confident when they shop with us. Bubba wants you to know that we would never rip you or anyone you know off. We want to provide you with great seats at a fair market price.

I hope this helps alleviate the concern of being “another ripoff website”!

I can honestly say, that even though I may be shaped like Buddha, I obviously don’t follow the practices of at least one person that subscribes to his teachings!

 

Tickets Now?

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I often get asked the question when a person should buy tickets to an event? My answer could be much different depending on the event.

If you are buying tickets to a concert, it is probably a good idea to wait until a week to two before. But just today I checked prices for a friend on Jason Aldean tickets to the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and found that seats for the show on 9/7 actually went up since a couple of weeks ago when we last spoke. I could not possibly know the price of every event we sell, there are just too many!

From my experience, the majority of tickets are at their highest price the when they go on sale. But I always like to say to my customers that tickets are like stocks, if the demand is up, so is the price. Industry wide price is driven by supply and demand. If something sells out in 10 minutes at Ticketmaster, chances are there will be a larger demand on the secondary market.

About a month ago, a first time buyer called me and wanted Cleveland Indians tickets. It was about 3:30pm on 8/9 and the Tribe was playing the Boston Red Sox at 7:05pm. He was surprised to see that the Indians tickets he was interested in were about $15 cheaper per ticket from our website. The new customer purchased five tickets and picked them up at Will Call. The seats also had $2 of Indians fun money on them, which can be used to buy food or souvenirs at the ballpark. So, the buyer saved $75 and got $10 worth of free food. I am certain the savings paid for his gas and food his family consumed that evening. I guess it became kind of an all-inclusive trip to the stadium?  I am pretty sure he will purchase again!

In the ten years I have followed the secondary ticket market I have seen various trends, but unless the tickets are for a major sporting event, a rare concert appearance by an artist or someone is touring for the first time, you can usually get cheaper tickets and have a bigger variety of seats from a broker immediately before the event. You can pick where you sit for a price. For most fans, this is a welcome option.

Now before I was a ticket re-seller, I used to scalp tickets at the stadium occasionally. This practice is too risky in 2012 as too many fans have been sold bogus tickets and been ripped off. With BubbasGotTickets.com your seats are 100% guaranteed. If we don’t produce, you get your money back.

One of my friends told me a horror story about buying BCS Bowl tickets to the Ohio State Buckeyes vs Florida game a few years ago on eBay and losing $5000. The person took his money but never delivered the tickets. It was an extremely painful experience for him, as the inconvenience of all the calls and emails he had to make to eBay, the police and the scam artist took hours costing him even more money. That will never happen on our site.

I guess determining if you should buy tickets now or closer to the time of the event is really not easy. I will always be willing to help my customers find the tickets they want and try to make sure they get some kind of discount. We have many specials running right now. Check the website for details!

If you are in the market for any event email me personally dan@bubbasgottickets.com. I will try to help you determine the right time to pull the trigger. Got tickets?