Photo Video
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 30: Joey Votto #19 of the Cincinnati Reds bats during a game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on June 30, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Tony Medina/Getty Images)
Hide Caption

Don't get scammed by phony Reds tickets

Don't Waste Your Money

a a a a
Share this story
Show Related Headlines
Related Articles
Buy Cincinnati Reds tickets
More Reds Stories

You can feel the buzz in the air outside Great American Ball Park.

And like countless other Cincinnati Reds fans, Robin Wessler and her daughter Erica would love to attend a divisional playoff game this week.

"We would love to go," Wessler said. "But we don't have a ticket, so we'll probably watch it on TV."

Tuesday tickets going fast

The good news, according to local ticket reseller 333-SEAT : Plenty of tickets are available, and still at decent prices compared with two years ago when the Reds went to the playoffs for the first time in years.

That's because there is a whole National League Championship series to start planning for, which looks very likely at this point, so fans are not all fighting over seats to one game as they did in 2010.

But tickets to the Tuesday evening game are now going fast, as there's a chance the Reds could wrap up the first series against San Francisco with a three-game sweep. 

It looks unlikely that a game 5 would be needed (the Reds have to win just one more), so all the demand is now for the Tuesday, Oct. 9 game at Great American Ball Park.

Indeed, when 9 News checked StubHub Monndy morning, Oct. 8, we found:

       -Upper deck View Level and Bleacher seats starting around $75, and going well over $100.

       -Lower mezzanine seats start around $90 each, though most Mezzanine seats are now over $100.

Caution about bogus tickets

But how can you be sure you get legitimate tickets, and not some counterfeit reprint?

The Reds had an issue with invalid tickets on opening day, and with the move toward downloadable, printable tickets, scammers are finding new ways to defraud buyers.  

Downloadable tickets are supposed to be coded so they can be printed and used only once, but con artists are always finding new ways to get around security precautions.

How to protect your purchase

The Reds say you should use a legitimate reseller that has a good Better Business Bureau rating, and a money back guarantee if you get conned. ( StubHub and 333-SEAT meet both criteria)

With a street vendor or a private party eBay seller, you are taking your chances. If someone has already entered the ballpark with that bar code, your ticket will be denied at the gate. And you can't get your money back.

So be careful so you don't waste your money.
______________________

Don't Waste Your Money is a registered trademark of the EW Scripps Co.

"Like" John Matarese on Facebook

Follow John on Twitter (@DWYM)

Copyright 2012 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Print this article

Comments

Hmm... It looks like you’re not a WCPO Insider. or Subscribe now to contribute!

More DWYM
Need MRI or CT scan? How to save hundreds
Need MRI or CT scan? How to save hundreds

John Matarese shows a great alternative to expensive hospital scans

Apps that can be dangerous for children
Apps that can be dangerous for children

Is it really a friend or is it a predator? Unless you are actively monitoring your child's smartphone and tablet apps, you are not…

Free Shred Day this Saturday
Free Shred Day this Saturday

John Matarese has details on a  major free shredding event

How to get rid of old electronics for cash
How to get rid of old electronics for cash

Do you have an old computer or an ancient cellphone sitting around your house? With Earth Day upon us, it’s the perfect time to do away…

Popular app turned out to be a fake
Popular app turned out to be a fake

John Matarese warns why trusting apps just because they are popular is not a great idea

Swifty gas station closings mean end of an era
Swifty gas station closings mean end of an era

John Matarese reports on the end of full-service gasoline.

App of the Week
App of the Week

Check out John Matarese's latest money saving smartphone apps.

The olive oil you buy may be a ripoff
The olive oil you buy may be a ripoff

John Matarese has a caution about some supermarket olive oil

Magazines now ask you to renew constantly
Magazines now ask you to renew constantly

John Matarese has a caution for magazine subscribers

Best places to find free public Wi-Fi
Best places to find free public Wi-Fi

John Matarese lists the best places for finding free public Wi-Fi and a caution before you use the service.