Last updated on December 5th, 2019 at 11:44 am
The Internet opens the door to virtually every form of live entertainment. While most people know they can purchase event tickets on specialised ticket websites, they may not be aware of all the features and benefits associated with buying tickets online.
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Not all vendors offer the same price for tickets
If you visit London, the locals will tell you that buying tickets directly from the arena or concert hall is not the way to go. Buying tickets in advance can provide you with a large discount or at the very least guarantee your seat.
Website pricing discrepancies
Not all websites are the same. There can be big differences in price depending on where you buy. With a few quick clicks, you can shop around for the best deals. For example, concert tickets for the German electronic band Kraftwerk had a wide range of prices. One website was charging £300 for upper-level seats while the Royal Albert Hall (where the show took place) was charging £68.00 for the same tickets.
It is always advisable to check several different sites when buying tickets online for theatre, concert or sporting events. Make sure you note the exact seating assignment so you will be able to accurately compare pricing from site to site.FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT IDEAS
Why buy tickets online
There are several good reasons why you should buy tickets online. Firstly, if you buy directly from the source (the event venue) then it is generally a cheaper option as the venue will charge the set amount. You can also choose (price dependant) the location of seating you want. Some concertgoers have a preference for sitting nearest to the stage as possible. This generally carries a premium price.
What type of tickets are available to buy online?
Any type of events tickets you can think of can be bought online. London's West End plays, opera performances, symphonies, rock concerts and other entertainment and arts-related shows all make tickets available for purchase online. Plus, virtually every sporting event around the globe offers tickets on the Internet including baseball, football, hockey, tennis, the Olympics, basketball and more.
How to buy tickets online
Here a few simple tips for buying concert tickets online.
- Sign up in advance to the concert venue's website (this will ensure you don't waste valuable time signing up on the day the tickets go on sale).
- Ensure you have the correct payment type to purchase your gig tickets. Most venues online sales systems will take credit and debit cards. Some will also allow you to buy tickets with Paypal, Google Pay, and Amazon Pay. These type of systems make it much easier to buy tickets online, especially when using a mobile phone or dedicated app to make the purchase.
- Be ready at your computer or mobile phone when the tickets go on sale. Most fans of popular music artist will want to buy up the best tickets first. Don't get left behind! Be patient as you will probably end up in a line waiting for your turn to buy the tickets.
- it's important that you make sure you have a steady Wifi signal. If you are not at home or the office, there are plenty of coffee shops that offer fast and free Wifi, don't you use your mobile network minutes as you may be waiting a long time.
In most cases, if a last-minute emergency comes up and you are unable to attend the event, you lose your money unless you're able to find someone locally to buy your tickets. However, some sites are now offering a ticket buyback service. If something unexpected occurs, simply contact the website you bought the tickets from and they will buy them back, usually with only a small commission.
Buying tickets online in advance will save money
Shopping for tickets online is convenient and allows you to make purchases in advance before shows and sporting events sell out. This always gives you a better selection and frequently it can also save you a good deal of money. Many sites offer “pre-buy” reservations allowing you to reserve your tickets before they go on sale.
Savvy web surfers will take a few minutes of extra time to compare various websites to make sure they are getting the best deal possible. With so much available, it only makes sense to buy all your tickets online.
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