Woman warns about Garth Brooks ticket sites

Don't Waste Your Money

If you weren't able to get tickets to Garth Brooks' three sold out Cincinnati shows, you have one more chance at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1.

That's when a fourth show goes on sale.

But before you grab the first tickets that pop up, one woman has an important warning.

Google For Tickets

When Garth Brooks announced his 2017 world tour, longtime fans like Karen Lavelle of Northern Kentucky jumped on their laptops, and Googled for tickets at 10 a.m., the moment they went on sale.

Lavelle was thrilled that tickets for this show would be reasonable. "The ad said all tickets $74.98, so no matter where you sit, everything was the same price."

But when she and her friend entered their credit card numbers, she was stunned.

"They were $130 each," she said. 

It turns out Lavelle didn't buy her tickets from Ticketmaster, the official seller, but from a third party seller, Vivid Seats.

"There were a bunch of them on this site," Lavelle said, "with prices from $350 down to $95, they were all over the place."

She and her friend had bought from a third party ticket site, not realizing it in the heat of the moment when tickets went on sale.

It happens all the time, because ticket buying is a stressful experience, and you don't have time to sit back and think.

Ticket Master or Master Tickets?

Earlier this year, I spoke with Belinda Johnson, who thought she was buying Maroon 5 tickets from Ticketmaster.

"When the site came up it looked official," Johnson said, "so I thought I was on the Ticketmaster site."

Only problem: What she thought was Ticketmaster was MasterTickets.center, a site that looks surprisingly like Ticketmaster.

The $80 Maroon 5 tickets  on the official site cost her $147 each in the end. "I ended up paying 90 percent more for these tickets," Johnson said.

Vivid Seats is a legitimate third party seller, and has an "A Plus" rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Sites show up before Ticketmaster

But they may pop up before Ticketmaster in your search for seats. And if you are in a rush to buy, like Karen Lavelle, you may end up paying a lot more than you planned.

So if you want list price tickets, make sure you are on Ticketmaster.com so you don't waste your money.   _____________

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