Many consumers enjoy the convenience of buying sporting event, concert and other live event tickets online. Promoters of these events often offer tickets on their websites or through their ticket brokers' sites.
When tickets to popular events are hard to get, you may be tempted to buy tickets from a scalper. A scalper is someone other than the promoter or broker who buys several tickets (often large blocks of tickets), and resells them (often at a much higher price). Even someone selling personal tickets he or she can't use may be considered a scalper. Buying tickets from a scalper may seem convenient but it carries risks.
Did you know?
Getting your money back from a scalper may be difficult, even if the tickets:
Even if the tickets are genuine and otherwise valid, some event promoters may deny you admission, or deny you a refund for a cancelled event, if they discover that you have purchased your tickets from an unauthorized agent or scalper.
Legitimate event promoters are easy to find and have some obligation to resolve problems associated with their tickets.