So you want to go to a gig? And you didn't get hold of tickets when they first went on sale? First of all just because tickets for the gig are being sold on e bay, don't assume that the gig must be sold out! That is what the ticket touts want you to think!
For example tickets for Razorlight are (at the time of writing) selling on e bay for more than face-value. Ludicrous! Most of the official sites still have tickets! The only venue that is sold out at this time is Swindon. Two weeks ago I saw a weekend ticket for The Calling in Hyde Park sell for well over £100 - two weeks on, you can still buy them from official ticket sites for £80.00.
If you want to buy tickets to see your favourite band follow these simple rules:
1. Trawl through the official ticketing sites first - you may be pleasantly surprised - and at least you'll know that the tickets will definitely arrive and will be genuine!
2. If the gig you want to go to is sold out - check out the band's official website or NME's website you may find that they have added another date at a venue where all the other dates have sold out.
If after trying the above you find that the gig you are desperate to go to is definitely sold out, then it's time to look on ebay. Follow these simple rules:
1. How do you know if the person you are buying from a tout? Look at their feedback, click on the item numbers - if all they have sold are tickets, then it's a pretty fair bet that they are a tout. Try to avoid buying from them if you possibly can. Ticket touting is illegal and it is touts buying up masses of tickets that prevents genuine fans from getting hold of tickets. If, on the other hand, they have not sold any tickets in the recent past, they are likely to be a genuine ebayer who happens to have a spare ticket.
2. Does the picture show actual tickets? Or just a band logo or picture? If it's the latter, then the seller probrably only has a booking confirmation and will promise to send you the tickets when they arrive. Avoid this if possible as you don't need the stress of wondering whether they are going to arrive or not.
3. Know the face value of the tickets you are bidding on - I've seen tickets advertised as having a face value of £40.00 when I know for a fact that all the tickets were only £25.00!
4. If the seller is reasonably local to you, ask whether you can collect in person. A genuine seller will have no problem with this.
If this guide helps to give ticket touts a hard time then it will have served it's purpose. Good luck!