Concerts are always fun shows to watch and more so if you are watching your favorite artist or artists. Concerts in order to be staged need to be profitable in terms of audience percentage, because aside from giving entertainment they are also staged to make a profit. Concerts assess their profitability by how much they raked in from their sponsors and ticket sales versus their expenses ranging from venue rental to professional fees of artists.
Tickets are very important and essential in concerts because they provide a means of getting into the concert and represent the amount you paid to see your favorite stars. Tickets normally contain the ticket amount and type of seat you bought, the serial number, and concert details. But admittedly, people are getting better and better at creating fake tickets that they sell to other unsuspecting individuals. They look like the real thing that if you didn’t know what you were looking for, you’d probably get duped.
Here are some of the things that you need to look out for so that you won’t get duped into buying the fake ones.
- Before you make a ticket purchase, check the posters, TV and print ads as to what ticket outlets or establishments will be selling concert tickets. Buy from these sellers only. Make sure that you are buying your concert tickets from certified ticket sellers or establishments. Don’t just rely on word of mouth information when it comes to tickets.
- If you are purchasing tickets way ahead of the concert date then you should be aware that your ticket will contain a bar code as well as serial number. If the ticket you are about to purchase doesn’t contain one then ask for it from your seller. If they are unable to do so, then you might want to double check if the establishment selling the ticket is a certified seller. Insist on a serial number unless you are buying tickets on the day of the concert itself on the ticket window.
- Compare your suspected fake ticket with another ticket bought from a certified vendor. More often than not, the quality of the paper will tell you if what you are holding is a fake ticket. Forgeries aren’t yet that sophisticated that they can reproduce the type of paper with the exact same texture.
- You could also check your tickets’ validity through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster is one of the most certified ticket vendors for concert tickets around. They have a website you can go to and they also have a number where you can call to verify if the ticket you are holding is a fake one or genuine.
Be very vigilant when you are buying your tickets, because you never know you might be buying fake tickets and wasting your money in the process. As much as possible buy tickets from certified sellers and be wary of ticket sellers that might sell tickets at a way lower price than their usual amounts.