TOPEKA (KSNT) – Find a great deal for World Series tickets online? Chances are good those great tickets are worthless says the Better Business Bureau( BBB).
With the Kansas City Royals in the World Series for the first time in 29-years, demand for the very pricey tickets is sky-high. But finding tickets online that will get you through the gates is a risk – unless you know who you’re dealing with.
The BBB is warning that buying tickets in the so-called “secondary market” – or tickets from other than an approved, licensed seller is risky.
“The most common ways secondary-ticket sellers scam baseball fans is by delivering counterfeit tickets or simply not sending the tickets,” says BBB president Hegarty. Hegarty, who heads the Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa for the BBB adds “Even if the tickets do arrive, they are sometimes not for the seats the seller advertised, which can mean the fan is stuck with seats that aren’t next to each other, or not in the sections they were bargained for.”
The secondary-ticket market for sporting events (where tickets are sold by professional brokers, speculators and season-ticket holders) is a $10 Billion a year market according to StubHub.com.
Hegarty notes that because World Series tickets are so hard to get under ordinary circumstances, tickets being offered online can seem like a great deal – but BBB says fans should be skeptical of online auctions, classified ads and bulletin boards using person-to-person sales.
Some tips when you’re looking for tickets:
– Looks for websites with the Better Business Bureau seal, then click on that seal to see if it actually takes you automatically to the BBB website.
– Make sure the site has a secure payment processing system (usually with https://” in the URL).
– Be wary of sellers who try to lure you from a legitimate site with a “private” transaction offer
– Never pay the seller by wire transfer, you have no way to get your money back if the tickets don’t arrive or are not what you paid for or are counterfeit.
– Use a credit card so you have some recourse if the deal falls apart and never pay cash.