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Concertgoers: Beware of ticket scalping PDF Print E-mail

The scheduled appearance of the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year in North Platte has brought with it some new attention. Several online third party ticket brokers are offering tickets to Brad Paisley’s summer tour stop in North Platte, and they’re not being bashful about the asking price.  
“These ticket brokers are asking nearly one hundred dollars for tickets that we are selling for fifty-nine dollars a piece,” said NEBRASKAland DAYS Concert Committee Co-Chairman David Fudge. “Normally you see this type of attention in large markets with large venues. This is something new for us.”  
Consumers should beware of buying tickets from these sites. Aside from being overpriced, in most cases these brokers don’t even have the inventory they are offering for sale.
“Its a very common practice for these sites to sell tickets at a significant premium without actually having any tickets in their possession to sell,” said Fudge. “Once they have sold some, they will go out and try to procure the inventory they need to satisfy the orders they have. And once they actually do deliver the tickets they have sold, there is no way to ensure that they are legitimate.”  
Ticket buyers should also beware of purchasing tickets from sites such as Craigslist and eBay. “The only way to ensure that a ticket purchase is 100 percent legitimate is to purchase it directly from NEBRASKAland DAYS. Each and every one of our tickets has a bar code on it that is scanned at the gate before the show starts. Each bar code can only be scanned one time. If copies are made and sold, the buyers will not be able to get into the Wild West Arena,” said Fudge.
And while tickets for the show have been a hot commodity, there are still plenty of good seats left.
“Sales have been brisk, but we still have a lot of good tickets left at $59. There is no need to go to a scalping site and pay extreme prices for any seat,” he said.