Buying event tickets
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The DoneDeal guide to buying event tickets
Concert and event tickets
- Exercise caution. For all major events thousands of counterfeit tickets flood the markets
- Is the ticket an e-ticket or a physical original ticket? e-tickets can be reprinted numerous times
- Be extra vigilant if prompted to lodge money into a bank account or to pay online on the promise the tickets will be posted to you
- Meet the seller in person and examine tickets carefully
- Individual sellers are not licensed or bonded, so you have no comeback if sold a fake
- Always ask if the ticket was originally purchased from an official agent
- Check with Ticketmaster or the official distributor of the tickets to verify their authenticity
Identify forged tickets
- Examining the ticket in detail should help detect a counterfeit.
- Compare a genuine Ticketmaster ticket, for example, issued in the last six months with the one you are thinking of buying
- Does it contain similar information such as seat information, section, restrictions?
- Compare font size and logos
- Read the information on the ticket carefully, look for misspellings, wrong dates, wrong telephone numbers
- Take a UV (ultra violet) light and shine it on both sides of the ticket.
- Security markings will be revealed when you do this. If it’s fake/counterfeit they won't. (Keep in mind that not all genuine tickets have these security markings.)
- The genuine ticket will be of good quality paper and the print won't smudge. Scrape your finger on the ticket to test the quality of the ink