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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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