Ensure your Baseball Tickets are the Real Deal

Baseball season is in full swing! A fun way to spend a summer afternoon or evening can be cheering on your favorite baseball team to victory. If you want to go to a game and are not a season ticket holder, purchasing from a secondary market can be useful. Be sure that your tickets are the real deal and that you are purchasing from a reputable broker though!

Follow BBB’s tips for safe ticket purchasing:

  • Check out a ticket seller/broker at www.bbb.org . Do your research and see if the company is a member of the National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB). Members of this group offer a 200% guarantee on tickets that don’t arrive on time for a game, concert or show.
  • Understand the difference between a ticket broker (legitimate and accredited reseller) and a ticket scalper (unregulated and unlicensed ticket seller).
  • Verify the ticket broker’s refund policy and get it in writing. Only buy from a ticket reseller that provides clear details about the terms of the transaction.
  • Always pay with a credit card so that you have some recourse if the purchase goes awry. Never use cash or wire transfer money to a stranger.
  • Avoid obstructed view seats or seats that don’t exist by asking for the section, row and seat number for any tickets purchased.
  • Ask questions and get all of the answers you need to feel comfortable with your purchase.

If you believe you have purchased a counterfeit ticket, report it to the NATB’s hotline at 1-630-510-4594. Visit www.bbb.org for more helpful tips you can trust.

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About Caitlin Driscoll

I have been the Public Relations Director of the Better Business Bureau of Western PA since November 2011.