Indy 500 Tickets are in High Demand! Your BBB Provides Tips on How NOT to Get Ripped Off

May 11, 2011

The Indianapolis Motor speedway, the world’s largest spectator sporting facility, plays host annually to three events in three major racing series: the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race (IZOD IndyCar Series), Brickyard 400 (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series) and Red Bull Indianapolis GP (MotoGP World Championship).

This year commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 mile race and recently the speedway also celebrated the 100th anniversary of its facility (2009). These two milestone events have generated lots of excitement for the speedway and the race, promoting increased ticket sales for the upcoming races this May.

“Special events provide opportunities for the selling of counterfeit tickets,” says Tom Bozikis, Vice President of Policy and Standards at the Tri-State BBB, “so be careful with your purchase.”

To insure you end up with authentic tickets and a safe transaction, the BBB has a few tips below to consider:

  1. If a “Good Deal” seems too good to be true…..question it!  Great seats and high demand tickets for popular events are expensive for a reason. They are truly hard to get!  If you are offered a deal that is much less than offered elsewhere, question it.
  2. Do your Research.  Check out the ticket distributor with your BBB then review the company’s policies for customer satisfaction.  Also check out your tickets.  If buying online, ask to see a picture of the tickets to confirm the seats match with the venue and research how the tickets should look, to confirm your tickets are a match.
  3. Be careful how you pay.  Wiring money for any transaction is a non-traceable form of payment, so if you don’t receive tickets, it will be very hard to follow up. Most reputable businesses offer the option to pay by credit card or Paypal, which often provides a safer method with dispute resolution services.
  4. Buying from a scalper is like a game of roulette.  The tickets could be exactly as promised or a waste of time and money. If you want guaranteed seats to an event, it’s best to work with a reputable source. Also keep in mind, that in some states, it is illegal to charge more than the face value for tickets.

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