How to use Ticket Brokers, Tips to get Good Seats

Got two for the game? Getting great seats can be a challenge.

If you’re looking for premium seats or waited until the last minute to buy tickets, a ticket broker can be a great resource. Their tickets are sold at above market value, so they will cost you more, but brokers tend to have premium seating that is always hard to find at the box office.

As with any industry, there are good and bad brokers. Buying from a reputable broker is the safest and most reliable way to get tickets if the box-office is sold out. Check Angie's List consumer reviews for top-rated ticket brokers in your area.

Angie’s List, with input from industry experts, has compiled 10 shortcuts to the best seat:

  1. Know the law. Some states have laws that specifically forbid a ticket broker to do business. Check with your state laws before you begin.
  2. Check the National Association of Ticket Brokers’ website to make sure your broker is a member.
  3. Deal only with brokers who have an office with an 800 number and where real people can be reached.
  4. Find out how many tickets the broker has on hand for the event to decide if it’s worth the risk to wait a few days for the price to go down.
  5. Develop a relationship with your broker and sign up for e-news alerts for your favorite performers/teams. Local brokers can also help secure tickets for out of town shows so keep them in mind when you're planning trips.
  6. Negotiate. Ticket brokers often purchase tickets for below face value. Don’t be afraid to ask for a better deal.
  7. Never pay for a ticket with cash or a money order. Always use a credit card so you have recourse in case the ticket is invalid.
  8. Shop around. Check ticket auction websites to gauge market value.
  9. Look at the venue’s seating chart before buying any tickets. This will help you avoid buying counterfeit tickets.
  10. Down in front. If you’re paying a premium expecting to have a birds-eye-view, make sure you’re not buying a seat with an obstructed view (OV).


OK, just had my first experience with a ticket broker and completely disgusted. I made the mistake of not going to, and just googled 'tickets for beauty and the beast'. Ended up paying $57 + $11.40 fees for each ticket through, who apparently got them through Later, when I realized they were available through TIcketmaster, I found that they were $30 + $11.20 fees each ticket there for those seats. I'm kicking myself. For the price I paid to be almost at the back of the orchestra section, I could have been toward the front. Lesson learned! I will just go straight to in the future. = NOT so good seats!

Ticket brokers can be tricky and seem to be often elusive. The best thing to do is to only stick with repu table brokers and to always check out the map of the stadium or venue before purchasing as well as doing research on other sales from brokers you either find from Angies list or ebay and ticket master prices.

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