How to Buy Concert Tickets on eBay

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How to Buy Concert Tickets on eBay

It can be devilishly difficult to lay hands on concert tickets when they first go on sale. In some cases, as little as 10 per cent of tickets are available for public sale, with the majority being released in advance for fan club members and ticket presales. By the time tickets are available for public sale, the eager rush takes care of the remaining few within the first few hours of the box office opening.

eBay is a handy source to buy concert tickets. A number of reputable sellers offer tickets to a wide range of UK events at competitive prices. Before shopping on eBay, know what to look for to simplify the buying process. It is important to know a little bit about ticket jargon, such as seating allocations and ticket types. Learn how to search effectively using category choices and item feature selections to find the right tickets for the right price. Evaluating the item ensures that buyers get what they want and know what they are paying for. Learn about the seller for peace of mind and to shop with confidence.

Factors to Consider When Buying Concert Tickets on eBay

Most venues, especially those where popular artists perform, hold thousands of people. Where the seats are in relation to the stage can make an enormous difference to a concertgoer's experience. This is not the only factor to consider, but plays a major role when choosing tickets.

Details on the Ticket

Checking the date, time, venue, and artist is crucial when looking for the right ticket for a particular concert. These details should be included in the item listing and may even be visible in the photo of the ticket.

Seating at the Concert

Check whether the ticket is for a seat or if it is a standing ticket. If multiple options are available, choose the one that is comfortable and the optimum distance from the stage in relation to the available budget. It is best to be familiar with the venue seating plan as this makes it easier to see where the available tickets are located.

Arrangement of Multiple Seats

If you are buying more than one ticket, ensure that the seats are next to each other. Seats may be behind or in front of others, which is not a bad option if nothing else is available. General admission tickets often admit people to an area where seating is not reserved. This section may be standing only.

Ticket Price

The selling price of the ticket may not be the same as the ticket's face value. Some ticket resellers offer tickets at slightly higher prices than is marked on the ticket, especially for sold out concerts. It is important to note the difference in value and consider whether it is worth paying a premium to see the show. If the show is cancelled you may get a refund for only the face value of the ticket.

Paper vs. E-Ticket

If you are buying a paper ticket, ask whether the seller has the physical ticket in his or her possession. Watching the concert date approach without the ticket you have paid for can be somewhat nerve wracking. In most cases, sellers state clearly whether they have the tickets and when they shall be delivered. Of course, delivery is not an issue when buying an e-ticket. E-tickets are available for some concerts, but it is always best to check. Paper tickets are generally more difficult to forge and some buyers prefer the tangibility of buying one of these.

The table below summarises some of the important factors to consider when buying concert tickets on eBay. As with all online purchases, it is important to check the details before committing to a transaction.



Ticket details

Check date, time, venue, and artist


Seated or standing

Reserved seat or general admission

Check venue seating plan for position in relation to the stage

Seat groupings

When buying more than one ticket, check whether seats are next to each other, in the same section, or spread across the venue


May be less, equal to, or more than the face value


Check the policy in case of a cancelled show

May be a face value refund or non-refundable

Delivery time

Check the delivery date for the tickets to ensure they are in hand by the concert date

Ask whether tickets are in the seller's possession

Ticket type

Paper ticket or e-ticket

Check whether a printout of the e-ticket is required or just a reference number

Sellers rarely post the seat numbers, but many provide the section, row, and seat information. If this information is required, then contact the seller by using the "Ask a question" link.

Searching for Concert Tickets on eBay

To find concert tickets on eBay, simply type a phrase, such as "O2 Arena", into the search field, which can be found on every page, to see the items available from sellers. Alternatively, choose one of the suggested autocomplete options to see the results of popular searches. Doing this shows you all the items tagged with the keywords you have chosen. To refine your search, choose the most suitable category and item features. If you would like to further narrow or to expand your search results, use the advanced search option.

Evaluate the Item

Always take the time to evaluate the item properly before buying on eBay. To learn all that you can about an item, click on an individual listing to view the item listing page. All the information you need to make up your mind about a listing can usually be found here. This includes details such as the full item description, buying options, the seller's accepted payment methods, the terms of the seller's returns policy, postage and packaging costs, and the seller's feedback information.

Always read the full item description to ensure that you are buying the right concert tickets. If the seller has not included all the information that you need to make an informed buying decision, contact him or her with any questions you have by clicking the "Ask a question" link. If you are not sure about any aspect of the sale, ask the seller before moving forward with the purchase.

Always add the postage and packaging costs to the final selling price of the item when buying on eBay. This gives you the total cost of the item. E-Tickets can be delivered via email and sellers rarely charge postage and packaging when selling this type of ticket.

Evaluate the Seller

The seller feedback feature makes it easy to get to know the seller. Simply click on the number next to the seller's username to view his or her feedback information. Buyers are encouraged to leave feedback about sellers' products and customer service at the conclusion of each transaction. This allows sellers to improve if needed and gives future buyers an idea of what to expect when buying from specific sellers. Take the number and type of items sold into account when viewing this information.

Detailed seller ratings provide additional information about aspects such as the seller's communication, the accuracy of the item description in the listing, the reasonableness of postage and packaging costs, and how long the seller took to dispatch the item.

Remember to leave feedback for the seller once you have received your concert tickets. If there is a problem with your tickets, try to resolve the matter with the seller. Most sellers want their customers to be happy with their products and service and do all that they can to resolve issues.

eBay Shops

If you find a seller whose products and service you like, visit his or her eBay Shop. Some sellers specialise in ticket resales and may have tickets to other concerts available. Finding and using the seller's eBay Shop means that you buy from someone you know and trust.


Some concert tickets, especially for events that sell out fast, can be difficult to come by. eBay sellers offer an opportunity to buy a variety of concert tickets. As there are so many sellers on the site, competition is healthy and prices remain fair. Know what to look for when buying concert tickets. Always check the date, time, venue, and artist to make sure that you are buying the right ticket. Check the seller's returns policy in case the concert is cancelled. You may pay more than the face value for the ticket, and most sellers are only willing to refund the face value. If you are buying a paper ticket, remember to ask about delivery times.

To find the right tickets in the perfect location, know how to search. The search field can be found on every eBay page and you can find what you need by inputting keywords related to the tickets you want. Use category selections and item feature choices to narrow the results displayed. If you would like more control over your search or would like to search in more detail, use the advanced search option.

Before buying on eBay, evaluate the item by checking the information included on the item listing page. You can always ask the seller questions if you are unsure about any aspect of the listing. Also take the time to learn about the seller by checking his or her eBay feedback information.

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