Fan Ticket Exchange - Without Huge Stubhub Prices

I don't mind paying a little extra for something that is in demand, but sometimes it just isn't worth it. I am trying to plan a June trip to Chicago/Milwaukee and I have already had alot of help on the Facebook group's page, but tickets are still a problem. I am taking my wife to Chicago for her birthday and scheduled it before I knew the games would be Cubs/Red Sox and White Sox/Cubs. (Brewers/Blue Jays is no big deal) I am already making the trip and I will get tickets somehow, but I can't be the only one who wants to avoid paying a ransom to get there. I wish there were some type of service or store where we could sell and buy tickets to games at a fair price, and I don't think face value plus ticket fees and/or shipping is unreasonable. For example, to get Opening Day Red Sox tickets, I had to buy a four pack that I already knew I may not be able to use two of those dates, but I did it to guarantee I get there for the first game. I already said in Craig's last post that I am selling the two games I can't go to, but it's at a fair price where I only make my money back. If there was some kind of store or marketplace where fans, especially Chasers, could do this I would fully support it. Maybe this could be an idea for next year where Chasers list available games they would like to sell to others?

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Comment by Kurt Smith on March 29, 2012 at 5:32am

Don't know how much help it is, but have you tried FanSnap? It's a search engine for all of the third party brokers, StubHub, eBay, TicketsNow, etc. and they tell you what the total cost of the ticket will be even with the fees. Doesn't help much with a high demand game, just saying it will help you get a better picture.

Comment by Craig (17) on February 17, 2012 at 9:19pm

We found a third-party app as a quick and cheap option for the 2012 season. Play around with it and let us know your thoughts. There is a link under the "Social" tab; otherwise, click here

Comment by Steve McQueen on January 8, 2012 at 4:13pm

I can't stand StubHub's ridiculous fees. I just use craigslist now, going through switchon3.com for security.

Comment by Bill Pritchard (29) on December 18, 2011 at 3:57pm

I think it could work as a classified ad right now, where you can have a selling list and a list of tickets people want. That way it is maintained by the users until the activity picks up, but you could still keep it running with DIY postings and just have someone moderate it to make sure old listings or sold items are taken down. I would like to see a basic Paypal sale format, that way the seller gets paid immediately, but they get access to the funds after the tickets are confirmed by the buyer. The tickets would be sent through UPS/Fed Ex or the post office so you can track your order, and I think having the physical tickets gives the buyer a little more security, and digital tickets would require too much work for the moderator or site builder. It could be a tab at the top of the Chasers page and could be separated by month or city, and it would be a basic Craig's list looking classifed ad.

An example is:

Boston Red Sox

5/2 - vs Oakland, Section G5, Row 1, Seat 1,2 - Face Value $30, asking $40 to cover costs

5/19 - vs Seattle, Section G5, Row 1, Seat 1,2 - Face Value $30, asking $40 to cover costs

Comment by Paula Vaughnn on December 18, 2011 at 1:36am

Amazing....  I've been searching the web for the very same thing the last few weeks. We renewed our season tickets for the 2012 season, but are hoping to take a baseball road trip next summer. We are looking for an efficient way to offload a few months worth of tickets -- not to make a profit, but to cover our cost.

I've done the math with StubHub's fee structure, and in order to "break even" on our ticket cost, the seller ends up paying about a third more than the seller nets after fees and commissions. I would much rather find a way of selling a block of tickets at our discounted cost, or a way to exchange tickets without all the fees.

I'll try to put some thought into the "ideal" solution re: ticket exchanges or selling for a fair price without the 33% commission to Stubhub....

Comment by Craig (17) on December 17, 2011 at 12:45pm

I think this is a great idea, Bill! My only concern with building this feature is the amount of activity it will draw right now. It will be a great service as our community grows. Lets use this blog as a way for members to add further ideas around this ticket exchange feature. What would you want to see if we built this?

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