With “March Madness” upon us, college basketball fans across the country are looking for tickets to see their team in the “Big Dance.” However, consumers should to be smart when searching for and purchasing tickets to ensure they are buying from a trustworthy source. Various websites already show a lot of tickets on the secondary market for sale to the games, so BBB reminds fans to use good judgement to avoid fraud.
Better Business Bureau (BBB) has teamed up with the National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB) to raise awareness and educate consumers about the smartest ways to buy tickets on the secondary resale market. The NATB, a BBB National Partner, is an association of more than 200 professional ticket resale companies who abide by a strict Code of Ethics with numerous consumer protection measures such as a 200% money-back guarantee.
“The most important thing fans need to remember is to do some research upfront,” said BBB President Jim Hegarty. “Check bbb.org to read about past customers’ experiences, and verifiedticketsource.com to make sure the seller is an NATB member. Don’t pay cash, don’t buy from a stranger, don’t use an unsecured website and don’t believe the too-good-to-be-true deals.”
BBB and the National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB) have a few tips for fans to remember when buying tickets:
ABOUT BBB: Better Business Bureau has been assisting U.S consumers and businesses since 1912. It is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing trust in the marketplace. In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 165 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 4.7 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. Today, BBB serving Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa is supported by approximately 10,000 Accredited Businesses that have voluntarily committed to adhere to BBB’s Standards of Trust.
ABOUT NATB: The National Association of Ticket Brokers was formed in 1994 to establish an industry-wide standard of conduct and to create ethical rules and procedures to protect the public. Today NATB is comprised of more than 200 professional ticket resale companies. While the goals of the NATB are many, its primary goal is to represent the interests of legitimate ticket brokers by promoting consumer protection and educating the public about the industry. This is done by assuring the public that when dealing with an NATB member, they are working with an honest, reliable broker that will deliver what is promised. In addition, the NATB provides a platform that allows the public to report unethical conduct by ticket brokers.