Concerts on the Cheap
By now you know how much I love my live music and concerts. But being a college student means I don’t always have the funds to work with. However, a fellow frugal music fan turned me on to some tricks you can use to get yourselves cheaper tickets, even for popular acts, aside from spending loads of time keeping an eye out for deals on special events.
Mailing Lists and Newsletters
This is one of the best ways to make you one of the first to know whose playing where, usually ahead of major announcements. You’re best move is to sign up to newsletters and mailing lists for big ticket outlets like Ticketmaster, TicketCity, 365 Tickets and LiveNation. You will get alerts telling you when both pre-sale and on sale tickets are being released. Or you can join the mailing list for your favorite bands fan club, where you can sometimes get exclusive deals that are offered to their members.
Many people aren’t aware of this, but buying your tickets directly from the venue hosting a show can mean getting your tickets at a lower price. Why is that, you ask? Well, buying direct means there are no delivery costs or booking fees and you often get yourself an added 10% to 15% off.
There are some reputable online marketplaces where people can sell and buy tickets in a secure and safe environment. One of these is hosted by Ticketmaster, called GetMeIn.com. Another good one is PRNewsWire.com. On these sites you can often find tickets to shows that are sold out, or find people giving away an unwanted ticket to a show that is coming up fast for a discount.
Buying in Advance
If you feel safer buying from a major ticket outlet there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Instead of buying tickets when they first hit the open market, it can sometimes pay to wait a bit until prices drop. However, when you have a major artist playing at a smaller venue, tickets can often go up as the date nears. In these cases it can be worth getting your ticket in advance because it will be cheaper. Lastly, if it’s a show that will be playing more than one date, don’t opt for the first night of the show, These tend to be the most expensive tickets.
Online Auction Sites
We can’t forget good old eBay as a place to go for cheaper tickets. More times than not you can get a bargain on tickets being sold that were unwanted or where a person is unable to attend. Ebid and Bonanza are two other sites to check out and Ticketmaster even do their own auction site for bidding and selling. Just make sure you check any reviews and seller ratings before buying because you can get some dodgy sellers from time to time.
I hope these ideas will help you find tickets you can afford so that you can enjoy more of the concerts you love. Happy ticket hunting!