Post # 1
I don’t know about anyone else, but when I try to buy tickets to an event when they are released, they are always sold out within 30 seconds. Always. Of course the next day you can go on Craiglist or any ticketing agency to see an abundance of tickets available, for twice the cost!
I find it infuriating and frustrating-how do they scoop up all the tickets so fast? Anyways, I have always wanted to see Michael Buble live and he’ll be touring in the fall. To join his fan site is $30 which gives access to the presale tickets (which started yesterday). Is it worth it? I don’t really want to spend the money and find it’s just as difficult to buy tickets through the presale as it is in the general release.
Does anyone have any experience buying presale through a fan membership?
Post # 3
@kmarie719: I can’t say much about fan sites b/c I don’t belong to one, but the tickets sell out super fast b/c scalpers who don’t have day jobs buy out all the tickets the minute they sell, hence why they pop up on StubHub or Craigslist the next day.
One thing to consider besides fan sites is getting a Citi credit card. They have special early presales for Citi cardholders. I was able to get insane seats to Madonna a few years back by using my Citi card (they give you a special Citi member presale code). Plus there is a variety of concerts that have this option so you don’t have to spend money joining a billion fan clubs – just have the credit card.
Post # 4
@kmarie719: if the presale started yesterday. It’s already too late. Join for the next time. All the fan sites I’m on are free but I definitely get better tickets.
ETA. Also know if the tickets go on sale at noon you need to be on AT noon.
Post # 5
@kmarie719: I know that some venues also have extra presales as well if you give them your email. They let you in an hour before to grab tickets some even offer discounts too
Post # 6
@MrsNewDay: So is it a deal with ticketmaster, or the company promoting the tour? I don’t really want to get another CC just to buy concert tickets since I rarely ever go (maybe once a year or every two).
And I hate scalpers and ticketing agencies. Every year I try to buy Patirots tickets. I go on half hour before they go live, I enter the queu, and boom 10:00:01am sold out-so aggravating!.
@luvmesumhim: You are right that signing up now wouldn’t help me but the site says ‘first round’ so I am thinking there may be another round of presale?
I mean $30 isn’t a lot, and would be less than if I end up having to buy off CL, I might just try it and see what happens…
Post # 7
@MrsNewDay: American Express does a similar deal with early access to tickets. I’ve noticed that the shows that have an Amex presale do not have a Citi presale, and vice versa. I bought tickets for The Postal Service through the Amex presale, but couldn’t do so for a show 3 days later at the exact same venue because it was for Citi members only.
Some bigger artists are starting to crack down on scalpers. I bought tickets for a Atoms for Peace show and they sold all tickets as will-call and required everyone to provide photo ID to receive tickets. That way, tickets couldn’t be resold because you could only get the tickets after verifying that you were the original buyer. Most of the smaller shows I’ve been to haven’t implemented this, but I’m seeing it more with bigger arena events.
Post # 8
@kmarie719: I believe it’s a deal with Ticketmaster as you go to the Ticketmaster site to buy them, and then they offer you that Citi Presale option. I like the other perks that come with my Citi card, but yeah, no point if you are not an avid concert-goer.
And yes, Pats sales are crazy. I grew up in MA so I know the deal…
@bleusteel: Yes, AMEX is another one, but I use Citi so I wasn’t sure what the AMEX perks were. Oh, that is why tickets are being sold Will Call only to the concert-goers (need ID). Good! It’s infuriating how hard it is to get already expensive concert tickets nowadays.