How to Buy Sold Out Concert Tickets

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You can't wait to get tickets to the big show. It's your favorite band and they're finally coming to town. Nothing is worse than the sinking feeling you get when you discover that all tickets are sold out. Or are they? This guide will explain how to buy sold out concert tickets.

Things You'll Need

  • Time
  • Patience
  • Computer

How To Buy Sold Out Concert Tickets

  • The first thing you should do is check every available local outlet. If tickets are no longer available at the arena, check with local music stores, radio stations and other media outlets, as they frequently purchase advance tickets to resell or giveaway.

  • Go online. Check the band's website. Some bands allow you to buy tickets directly through their website, which may or may not be separate from the commercially available supply of tickets. If it's a local or regional band, email or message them and ask if they can help you get tickets.

  • Scan the classifieds. It never fails that people will purchase tickets to an event and then not be able to go, check to see if anyone has any concert tickets for sale in any of your local newspapers. As an alternative you can place and add yourself and see if you get a response. Also you could post a listing advertising your desire to buy tickets on your local message boards.

  • Go to the concert anyway. If it's the big day, and you've still failed to find tickets, don't give up yet. People frequently sell tickets which they are unable to use right before the show. They can usually be spotted standing outside of the arena with signs that say "tickets for sale" or something similar. If you arrive early, most likely you can buy tickets this way.

Tips & Warnings

  • Network. Put the word out that you are looking for tickets. The more people who know, the more likely you are to find tickets.
  • Don't get taken advantage of. Be wary of scalpers and scam artists. These people frequently sell tickets for sums that are greatly above face value. In addition to being illegal, these tickets can also be counterfeit.

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