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!

 

Christmas Events and Traditions

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If you are like me you are always looking for fun things to do with the family around Christmas time. I really think Amy and I have treated the kids to a lot of great Christmas experiences.

One of our favorite things to do as a family is drive around in her van and look at Christmas lights. In order to get the full effect and of course hear the music, you have to roll the windows down. Did I forget to say turn the heat up first before rolling the windows down? lol

Our kids absolutely love Christmas. They get very fired up to see their friend Buddy the Elf show up in odd places every morning after returning from the North Pole during his nightly check-in with Santa Claus. Buddy is an Elf on the Shelf. Buddy makes snow angels out of sugar, leaves treats for the kids and reminds them to be good or else. Or else no gifts!

Our family uses the Santa tracker on Christmas Eve and leaves cookies out for the jolly old fella when he brings our gifts. Our stockings are stuffed with goodies and each child receives gifts in all the same wrapping paper so they know which presents are theirs. Kylie, Owen, Aidan & Makenna also get new pajamas every year. This particular gift is opened the night before Christmas, so the kids can wear their jammies down to open their presents.

CHRISTMAS 2008 

Oh the Chandler’s find many fun things to do at Christmas time. My wife’s family has a tradition of making Santa cookies every year. The cookies are delicious and she shares with our friends but never lets anyone have the recipe. Ancient Chinese secret you know?!?!

One of the local live events we have watched is The Nutcracker at the Cleveland Playhouse. Our church musical at Trinity Lutheran Church comes complete with a full orchestra and is a must attend. On the TV, the movies Elf and A Christmas Story play non-stop in December at our house. I have my fill of both shows every year! Of course we would always like to venture out to see and do new things.

There are four Christmas shows I would like to see in 2012 that we have not seen yet and l am sure some of these shows are Christmas traditions for many families. Amy and I would love to take the kids to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Lost Christmas Eve, the B96 Jingle Bash in Chicago and Jim Brickman: On A Winter’s Night. Let’s take a closer look at these events and see how much a ticket costs to attend a performance.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular - Multiple Cities, 11/9 – 12/30

The Rockettes will be rocking the stages in St. Louis, Dallas, Nashville, Chicago & New York City with their annual Christmas extravaganza. Santa Claus will be coming to town and will be bringing the high stepping ladies and beautiful pageantry in this one of a kind Christmas celebration(Preview Show). What will it cost to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2012?

  • Average Ticket: $92.99
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Lost Christmas Eve - Multiple Cities, 11/15 – 12/30

The electric sounds of this classical to heavy metal ensemble will travel east to west this winter. The Lost Christmas Eve will be revived from it’s initial 2004 introduction. TSO will bring the story to fans through an unmatched live performance on stage this Christmas season. So, what is the price of a Trans Siberian Orchestra Tour 2012 ticket?

  • Average Ticket: $96.36
B96 Jingle Bash - Chicago, December 2012

Last years show was amazing according to those in attendance. Enrique Iglesias, Jason Derulo and LMFAO were the stars of the event. This year fans may see One Direction, Pitbull or both artists. The date of the event and all performers will be announced shortly for the #1 winter party in Chicago . How much is a B96 Jingle Bash ticket?

  • Average Ticket: $178.48
2011 Jingle Bash
Jim Brickman: On A Winter’s Night - Multiple Cities, 11/2 – 12/31

A piano man like no other, Jim Brickman is the biggest revenue producing piano player in modern history. Brickman pours his soul into his music and captures the hearts of his listeners. He will perform On A Winters Night over 40 times this Christmas season. What does it cost for a Jim Brickman tour ticket?

  • Average Ticket: $69.00

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?