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Best time to buy tickets on StubHub / Ticketmaster resale?

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I'm having quite an internal debate on when to purchase tickets for Chicago 2 and I'd love to hear other people's experiences with prices on StubHub as the show date gets closer.
 
Is it worth buying section 300 seats (nosebleeds) for $100-ish now or will tickets in the 200 sections drop as the date gets closer?
 
What it really comes down to is it better to have seats guaranteed two months out or should I cut it close in hopes of cheaper tickets?
 
What have you done in the past?
 

 

Thanks!
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I'm sure prices could drop as show gets closer on stubhub, but would not give in and purchase tickets from scalpers online. I'm sure most of the tickets are sold by scalpers. 

 

If you have the convenience of heading out to the venue's box office the day of the show, I would ask around the U2 fans who are waiting in the GA line. I'm sure someone has an extra ticket who will not make money of it and sell it at facevalue. Also, keep checking ticketmaster from now until then, as the event gets closer, especially after setting up the stage, they might release tickets on their website.

 

Hope this helps!

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I'd also suggest simply posting in the Chicago section that you're looking to buy tickets--you may well find someone here to buy from, which would also be just a face value.

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I have had a few successes by waiting until the last minute with 'instant download' e-tickets on StubHub. I have even bought at approx 5pm on the day of a gig, downloaded, printed and then set off for the show. Luckily I'm about 40 mins from central London so have decent opportunities to do this.

 

Have got some for below face value like this.

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Here's the post I sent you over on @U2;

 

Don't do it, don't feed the scalpers! If we pay for these resale tickets it only makes the problems of ticket scarcity & ticket prices worse (really, $100 for a nosebleed). Fortunately the US leg of the tour hasn't been selling very well, so plenty of scalpers will get shafted. There have been nosebleeds for Phoenix going for only $18!

 

Luckily there's a few other routes to find tickets to 'sold out' shows (which aren't really totally sold out).

 

* Ticket Drops - there's usually ticket drops from the official seller. This can be months & months before the show (London 5 & 6 had tonnes of mid priced sets released around a week ago, MSG had $118 seats released a coupel of days ago). All Vancouver, San Jose & Phoenix shows had "Sight Lines & Production seats" released about a month before their shows. It can be right up until show night, I've scored GA's for Sydney within a week of the concert. Problem is ticket drops aren't announced. You can check TM's site regularly, yourself, or you can check forum threads about ticket drops. If you use the notification feature on the forum you can have a notification automatically sent to your email whenever anyone posts on that forum thread. I've started a ticket drop thread on @U2 here,

http://forum.atu2.com/index.php?topic=26657.0

There's also a ticket drop thread on interference here,

http://www.u2interference.com/forums/f314/ticket-drops-thread-218208.html

 

* Forum face value trade/sale - Just about all forums have a thread for fans to sell/trade tickets at face value. I may be using these in October, as I may have to offload extra GA's for London, & I'd rather they go to a fan.

 

Yeah, if your desparate, & have to organise travel early or something, then resale may be your only option. But as you say, you can afford to wait a while, so I'd recommend trying to get a ticket at face value.

 

Best of luck.

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Thanks for the post. It's just scary to book a trip, hotel, car, etc and trust to find a ticket at the venue. The peace of mind of paying more for a ticket may be worth it. Unfortunately.

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Yeah,you're right. If you have to arrange travel & accommodation for the show, then unfortunately a resale ticket may be the only way. But for those that can afford to wait, I'd recommend looking for a ticket at face value. The more people that pay exhorbitant amounts for resale tickets, the more profitable that business model becomes. The bastards at Ticketmaster are now in on the act. Offloading tickets to it's resale site before they are even put up for general sale. There's a good chance that Live Nation (& possibly the band) are in on the act too. Totally sucks!

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Thanks for the post. It's just scary to book a trip, hotel, car, etc and trust to find a ticket at the venue. The peace of mind of paying more for a ticket may be worth it. Unfortunately.

 

 

My suggestion is however you choose to acquire a ticket, set a limit that you want to spend for different sections of the show. StubHud and Seatgeek usually have tickets decrease in price as show day approaches because people want to sell. The good thing about those places is that you know the ticket is good.

 

If you choose to ask around different U2 fan forums, and you find something you want, have the seller take a picture of the ticket so you know what you are buying. Send money thru Paypal. I transferred to someone who tried to sell me a ticket. I never got the ticket, and never heard back from the seller, but thankfully, Paypal gave me a full refund.

 

 

Lastly, it's your money, and I'm sure you worked hard for it. if you want to buy it from Stubhub, go for it.

 

--Jason

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You can never predict these things, since it is a supply and demand issue. I buy/sell tickets on there all the time, and there is never a right answer. Sometimes there are too many tickets and the day of the show becomes a massive fire sale, and then other times, leading up to the show, inventory begins to disappear and prices start to rise. All I would advise, from personal experience, is that once you commit and buy tickets, stop looking. Don't see if more tickets are released at cost. Don't see if you got a good deal by going back and watching how things turn out, etc. At the end of the day, at a moment in time, you decided seeing U2 was worth a specific dollar amount, you paid it, and you're going... let the rest go and enjoy yourself.

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I bought a couple of tickets on stubhub for San Jose. One i got for the standard price but the 2nd one they had put the price up and i probably paid nearly double :(  but i just wanted the tickets and it was cheaper than the one i got from ticketmaster in the general sale which they screwed me on :(  for LA

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I know probably not but just giving it a try- have now decided to fly to Chicago. Had planned to wait until they come back and hopefully tour my part of US (Atlanta?). Anyway, now have decided to come and bring my daughter while we jointly celebrate my 50th and her 21st. Would anyway have 2 GA/Floor tickets to sell? Kicking myself now as I could have done presale but was trying to wait until they came to a reasonable driving distance. Thanks for any help/suggestions!

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You can never predict these things, since it is a supply and demand issue. I buy/sell tickets on there all the time, and there is never a right answer. Sometimes there are too many tickets and the day of the show becomes a massive fire sale, and then other times, leading up to the show, inventory begins to disappear and prices start to rise. All I would advise, from personal experience, is that once you commit and buy tickets, stop looking. Don't see if more tickets are released at cost. Don't see if you got a good deal by going back and watching how things turn out, etc. At the end of the day, at a moment in time, you decided seeing U2 was worth a specific dollar amount, you paid it, and you're going... let the rest go and enjoy yourself.

 

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Its all personal preference, market demand and how willing you are to "deal" with a transaction last minute.  This tour on a whole is an easy Stub Hub transaction inmo with the exception of the usual cities, ie NYC, Beantown, etc..(even they are reasonable).  I've made out huge waiting last minute for VERY high demand events, this isn't one of em. I was just out there and the "get in"  prices in most market is ridiculous, like 1/3 face.  I'd wait, even if you didn't use Stub Hub, it'll be simple getting them off the street...Again, it really focuses around your own comfort and convenience level..GL    

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All I would advise, from personal experience, is that once you commit and buy tickets, stop looking. Don't see if more tickets are released at cost. Don't see if you got a good deal by going back and watching how things turn out, etc. At the end of the day, at a moment in time, you decided seeing U2 was worth a specific dollar amount, you paid it, and you're going... let the rest go and enjoy yourself.

 

I think that is the best advice!  I know I've been guilty for other shows in the past (U2 and other bands, mostly other bands) of buying a ticket, whether it was a Ticketmaster official seat or a resale seat, been very excited leading up to the show, and then checked the day before and discovered there was something better and/or cheaper now available that wasn't before.  It took me a while to learn to stop checking and just go with it.

 

If I had to guess, I think there may be some of the most expensive priced tickets available on Stubhub for less than face value for some shows, but it'll still be more than the cheaper tickets at face were.  Scalpers probably won't be able to make a ton of money on tickets that are already priced at $300, especially for the middle or upper level seats that were sold at the highest price.  I think the money for the scalpers will be turning the $50 and $100 tickets into $200 tickets.  My guess, and it's only a guess, is that the stubhub prices will start to change once the tour has begun and people have more information about the shows.  If the setlist for both nights in a single venue is similar as opposed to the two different nights as originally talked about, maybe some people will want to sell those second night tickets that they bought if they find out it's not as different as they had hoped.  On the other hand, if the show gets incredible reviews and a lot of buzz (I know we're all hugely excited for this, but how much notice is the casual music fan taking right now?), that might increase demand among people who either hadn't heard about the tour when it went onsale or who now realize they can't miss it.

 

If it was a show I didn't have tickets to but really wanted to see, but it was in my neighborhood, I'd probably wait until it got closer for ticket drops and fans reselling extra tickets.  But if I was traveling to see the show as in booking a flight or train and booking a hotel, I'd probably buy ahead of time just for peace of mind.  I'd hate to buy a nonrefundable plane ticket and then find out I couldn't get a ticket, or find that the tickets jumped in price and feel like I had no choice but to pay because I was already stuck with a flight and hotel.

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Always ask here first to see if anyone is selling face value in the Chicago thread. If you have no luck and the venue is close definitely wait and try for a ticket late on.

It will be worth checking how other venues prior to Chicago to see how those tickets sell.

If travelling I'd sort it early.

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Within the last week I just purchased some tickets for Phoenix 2 on StubHub. 2 lower bowl seats on the "E" side of the arena. 70+ each with fees. Not bad considering I paid 60+ for the nosebleeds seats on the opposite end of the arena for Phoenix 1 when they went on sale. No problems at all with the order. And StubHub's Fan Protection keeps me covered if the seller wasn't true to his word and gave me duplicate tix or what have you.

 

Great experience with them this time around.

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I am thinking of going to San Jose may 18, I have no ticket for that day but in reading the different forms it's been said that ga tickets may b on hand? Does anyone have an idea of what I could do to possibly get a ticket there. I would appreciate anyones ideas of what u would do.

Thanks!

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I am thinking of going to San Jose may 18, I have no ticket for that day but in reading the different forms it's been said that ga tickets may b on hand? Does anyone have an idea of what I could do to possibly get a ticket there. I would appreciate anyones ideas of what u would do.

Thanks!

 

Unless you live there, I doubt I would show up thinking GAs will just be available. When extra tickets are released to shows it is usually a day or so early and online. Not sure turning up at the box office will do you any good. I'd sort them out on here through a trade in the San Jose folder, or StubHub it. Now, if you live there, sure, head down... but don't get too excited that you're seeing U2 until there's a ticket in your hand.

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I'm having quite an internal debate on when to purchase tickets for Chicago 2 and I'd love to hear other people's experiences with prices on StubHub as the show date gets closer.
 
Is it worth buying section 300 seats (nosebleeds) for $100-ish now or will tickets in the 200 sections drop as the date gets closer?
 
What it really comes down to is it better to have seats guaranteed two months out or should I cut it close in hopes of cheaper tickets?
 
What have you done in the past?
 

 

Thanks!

 

I went to every show in Chicago for 360 tour and most shows for all the other tours.   I watched TM and the resales.  Ticket prices dropped dramatically.  Granted it was a stadium but if there are a number of resales still around I would not worry but watch as they disappear.  I saw seats up front go for less than $100 for what I think was every show.  They are playing five nights.  I'd wait and see if I were you but I'm not so I can only give you my opinion.  I'd definitely wait and watch every day.  There is also bound to be at least one ticket dump for every show.  I saw seats right up front for several U2 shows and many others released the day of the show.  It's a crap shoot.  I gamble and have only lost once.  I would definitely wait.  Remember that there are fake tickets out there and if you buy a fake one from a scalper-you have no recourse.  That is why TM resale is best as those are guaranteed seats.  I've seen and heard of fake tickets all the time so watch out for whomever is the seller.  I'd wait.  I'm in Milwaukee and watch this stuff a lot as concerts are my drug of choice.  

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I'm having quite an internal debate on when to purchase tickets for Chicago 2 and I'd love to hear other people's experiences with prices on StubHub as the show date gets closer.
 
Is it worth buying section 300 seats (nosebleeds) for $100-ish now or will tickets in the 200 sections drop as the date gets closer?
 
What it really comes down to is it better to have seats guaranteed two months out or should I cut it close in hopes of cheaper tickets?
 
What have you done in the past?
 

 

Thanks!

 

I went to every show in Chicago for 360 tour and most shows for all the other tours.   I watched TM and the resales.  Ticket prices dropped dramatically.  Granted it was a stadium but if there are a number of resales still around I would not worry but watch as they disappear.  I saw seats up front go for less than $100 for what I think was every show.  They are playing five nights.  I'd wait and see if I were you but I'm not so I can only give you my opinion.  I'd definitely wait and watch every day.  There is also bound to be at least one ticket dump for every show.  I saw seats right up front for several U2 shows and many others released the day of the show.  It's a crap shoot.  I gamble and have only lost once.  I would definitely wait.  Remember that there are fake tickets out there and if you buy a fake one from a scalper-you have no recourse.  That is why TM resale is best as those are guaranteed seats.  I've seen and heard of fake tickets all the time so watch out for whomever is the seller.  I'd wait.  I'm in Milwaukee and watch this stuff a lot as concerts are my drug of choice.  

 

I'm with Manohlive on this one.

 

In trying to discern the layout of the stage for Chicago, I have visited Ticketmaster on numerous occasions. Even at the TM resale market the prices were not much above face value. I think that was my impression. What I have figured is this. U2 is playing 5 shows in Chicago. I believe they basically filled the demand of their fans who are willing to pay $300 per seat. That being the case, assuming I may be right, I believe the scalpers are not going to make what they thought they were. So I would wait it out. 

 

I also attended all 360 shows in Chicago. For opening night I snagged a singe on the lower level with a full view of front of the stage. They were pretty much ideal. If I were just one more section closer it would have been perfect. But I am not complaining. Got that ticket the day or two before the show. The second night I took the family and we were behind the stage in Club Seats. Still a great experience and I bought those about a week or two before the show. Again a ticket drop due to final configurations. 

 

Finally, for their 2011 outing in Chicago, I bought 2 tickets in the second row on the side of the stage right next to The Edge. Face value at a ticket drop a day or two before the show. I took my 9 year old, at the time, son and we had a blast. It was perfect for taking a child because it was close, and a very comfortable place to sit with a kid. As an added bonus I did not have to have my money tied up for almost two years as some did due to Bono's injury in 2010. Those tickets originally went on sale right after the September '09 shows for July 2010. As we all now that date was not satisfied until July 2011. 

 

Of course the key here, as has been mentioned, flexibility and the willingness to miss out. I am good on both counts. But I have also found that where there is a will there seems to be a way that does not involve paying exorbitant prices to a scalper. 

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