I recently just heard yet another travel horror story that was chock full of bad experiences, but seriously lacking common sense.
A friend of mine who thinks of himself as the savviest of shoppers recently bought tickets to a high profile event only to find out when he got to the gate that they were FAKE. Bunk, fraudulent, imitation tickets, if you will. After throwing the biggest man hissy fit with the ticket office, the clerk asks him “where did you purchase these tickets?”. His response was, “Craigslist”. It doesn’t take a genius to know that they laughed in his face and sent him on his merry way.
This is such a common occurrence and people just seem to not understand. Buying anything off of Craigslist other than “lightly used” furniture, the occasional home appliance, or even workout equipment that the previous owner obviously used as a coat rack is a BAD IDEA.
Especially with any ticketed event, there is just absolutely no way to establish credibility of the items until you get to the gate and possibly get turned away. No body wants to start off what is supposed to be a fun experience with hearing the words, “sorry guys, these tickets are not valid”. When purchasing tickets on Craigslist, there is NO safety net, there is no money back guarantee, and more often than not gate agents will NOT give the tickets back to you because they don’t want to take the chance that you will turn around and try selling them in the parking lot to another unsuspecting schmuck.
I understand that theme parks, concerts, and sporting events are expensive and in addition to paying full price for a ticket, being required to pay “processing fees” can drive anyone to seek out less reputable means of purchase. Like momma always said folks, “if it seems like it’s too good to be true, it probably is”.
Theme park tickets can be found at discounted rates from so many reputable sellers, like AAA or Costco Travel. If you are a teacher, there are almost always discounts online through websites like Tickets at Work. Nearly every theme park has some type of military discount, just make sure to have valid military identification when you ask the person in the ticket window.
For sporting events or concerts, StubHub and SeatGeek are very reputable and you can find good deals if people are desperate to get rid of their tickets. I personally think it’s great that StubHub even has it posted right on their homepage that they offer to reimburse you if it turns out the tickets are fake.
I know that I sound like Debbie Downer over here, but with festival season right around the corner and football season winding down this is the reality we are facing. Buy your tickets from reputable sellers. If you can’t buy direct, look for reputable second party ticket sellers. Leave craigslist for other, hopefully less questionable, items.
Remember to be safe out there folks, and always use the item that every person should travel with, common sense.
As always, anyone can travel.
©Bree and Arielle Travel 2017