Consumer finance Web site WalletPop recently took a look event ticket deals on StubHub, Craigslist and Ticketmaster and more often than not StubHub came out ahead in offering fans the best prices.
The informal study, part of the site’s “Saving Money” section, looked at the various places to buy sports, concert and theater tickets, and gave high marks to StubHub for often having a good selection of seats and additional fees that were lower than those charged by Ticketmaster.
However, that was primarily for sports tickets, for which StubHub has long been a leader in offering low prices. For example, in the WalletPop video below, contributor Jeremy Hassell describes how he found New York Mets tickets for a game this summer on StubHub for $7 each that would have cost $20 to $25 on Ticketmaster.
“Because season ticket holders are always looking to resell seats, StubHub is a great option,” Hassell said. “Yeah, you still have to pay a service charge, but price wise it beats Ticketmaster just about every time.”
The comparisons in the video, and in the accompanying WalletPop story by writer Lou Carlozo, are not geared for brokers or experienced ticket buyers and sellers, because much of the presented information they already know. But, for regular consumers, who may be confused by all of the choices in the primary and secondary ticket markets, the report offers a basic primer on where to look for ticket bargains.
Carlozo goes into greater detail about the price disparities, stressing that for non-soldout concerts, Ticketmaster if often the best place for fans to go, and for theater tickets, booths such as New York’s TKTS can often offer great prices.
The story also singles out several broker sites, such as Lastminutetickets4less.com and Ticketsinventory.com, for also offering good deals.
Last Updated on September 15, 2010 by By Alfred Branch Jr.