You would think that in the world nowadays, with smart phones and the Internet, it would be very easy to trade last-minute tickets for sporting events. We have learned that this process is stressful and expensive as an enthusiastic seller and buyer.
The problem itself is simple: When that calendar looks clear you buy tickets to events months in advance. However, things start to fill up those white spaces as the days goes on and pretty soon, you will realize that some tickets has to be dumped.
The thing is that most people are honest, and all they want is to sell their tickets for face value, and then get a cheap deal on seats or turn a small profit. Regrettably, there are only a few venues where fans can sell and buy tickets, and all of them have imperfections that make you doubt if in the end it was worth it. These broker or middle-man websites collect in inordinate amounts of cash to your problem, and many of them do not provide quality service.
We can start with Craigslist. Craigslist is simple enough to use, and Craigslist lets users to search through listings without having to adhere to any rules or make an account. It has no time limits on listings, no final-value fees and it comes with no spam mail. However as the most basics version of an online marketplace, Craigslist is beleaguered with listings that, as we can say it like this – you don’t need if you don’t want.
Some sellers overflow the site with the same listing, and there is no assurance that you will get any sort of reply after inquiring about a set of tickets. And there is even the worse thing, you can easily get scammed. Although PayPal can return your money and track down the scammer who can take your the cash and never sent the tickets, you will have to scramble to find last-minute tickets on eBay.
The website definitely has its benefits, like the auction feature, which lets you to gain more money for tickets as your buyers duke it out. Also, it lets user’s list tickets on the day of the game. However, the website pushes a awkward communication system on its users, which can cause confusion and delay in making the real exchange after an item is purchased.
EBay charges fees for listing items and also takes a final-value fee out of each sale which is worse for sellers. However the real scam comes when you, as a seller, get paid via PayPal, the online payment system that all of us have used. Also, PayPal takes a cut out of the transaction, which is a problem because they are owned by eBay!
Also, the site is littered with listings from confusing and sketchy sellers forcing the prospective buyer to read every listing cautiously. We have all had formative eBay experience where we received something dissimilar from what we had hoped to purchase.
As we all know – time is money, and the eBay buyer looking for a deal certainly has to spend some time searching. Nonetheless, eBay prices have a tendency to be lower than they are at StubHub, the giant in the sports-ticketing world.Read More