Patriots ticket broker price comparison, FYI

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  1. patchick

    patchick Moderatrix Staff Member Supporter

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    You know how almost every ticket site offers the exact same lineup of tickets with very different list prices and hidden fees? Being a total geek, I've just done some careful comparison shopping and thought I'd share the results for anybody who's in the market. (This is price comparison for advance non-rush purchases only, I can't speak to service and reliability.)

    The Summary

    1. A few of the pooled brokers stand above the rest on pricing:

    - If you want a fair, honest, upfront price without hidden fees, is your one and only option.

    - If the bottom line is your bottom line, VividSeats is usually cheapest for moderate to expensive seats, TicketCity for cheap seats and single-ticket orders.

    2. The sites that advertise themselves as peer-to-peer ticket exchange services, like StubHub, RazorGator and TicketLiquidator, are generally the MOST expensive. They're really just listing the standard broker inventory at a hefty markup. StubHub is particularly slimy about hidden fees; definitely avoid StubHub.

    3. The one broker that actually lists different, independent inventory is Ace Tickets. Check them separately.

    The Details, If You Care

    Here's a chart showing 10 brokers' pricing structures for the identical pair of premium seats to an upcoming home game:


    Note that VividSeats has the very highest hidden fees, but still comes in cheapest. TicketCity's free standard shipping option can make it a good deal on cheap purchases, since shipping is a proportionally higher portion of the total cost. And Hallmark is actually honest and doesn't try to lure in customers with fake low list prices!

    A special note on StubHub: out of all the brokers, only StubHub makes you give them your credit card information before finally revealing the hidden fees on a final confirmation page. This is seriously slimy, and IMO shouldn't be legal. Imagine you went into a store and asked how much a tv set cost, and the salesman said this: "That television costs $300. Would you like to buy the $300 television? Great, come to the counter and swipe your card to purchase the $300 television. OK, now click to approve the $400 charge, and the $300 television is yours." That's StubHub.
  2. GostkowSKI

    GostkowSKI On the Game Day Roster

    Excellent work,this is extremely helpful. I have a StubHub account having purchased tickets through their website once, something I notice that do that's small but still bugs me is when I go to their website and browse tickets, they'll put a $1 hold on my credit card just from browsing the tickets that are available. Not a huge issue, but bugs me nonetheless.
  3. patchick

    patchick Moderatrix Staff Member Supporter

    #50 Jersey

    WTH? A browsing cover charge? That's unbelievable.
  4. Funktopus

    Funktopus On the Game Day Roster

    Thanks for the analysis.

    One question, how did you know the seats were identical? I thought they didn't list the seat numbers?
  5. Gwedd

    Gwedd Supporter Supporter

    #11 Jersey

    Yeah, great analysis! thanks for putting this together. Sadly, as it stands at the moment, I won't be going to any Pats games this year unless something amazing happens financially, but at least I can watch them in HD at home :)

  6. patchick

    patchick Moderatrix Staff Member Supporter

    #50 Jersey

    It's an assumption, but every site lists identical scattered inventory that looks something like this for a given section:

    Section 135
    Row 4, 3 tickets
    Row 12, 2 tickets
    Row 27, 2 tickets
    Row 31, 4 tickets

    It's always the same number of seats in the same rows and the same pricing differential -- even if that differential doesn't make sense. IOW if the pair in row 12 costs less than row 27 on one site, it does on all of them. Ergo, same actual seats & sellers.
  7. SoCal Bong

    SoCal Bong Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

    This is great! I am a total value-conscious consumer and hate to pay anymore than I have to.

    Another suggestion I have when shopping for tickets is using a metasearch such as which searches multiple ticket brokers simultaneously (like sidestep does for travel). It seems to be pretty good at showing total cost but I haven't gone through a purchase to confirm that what it shows as total cost is truly what you pay. In the end I almost always find a better deal on craigslist or ebay.

    I know some other ticket metasearches have come and gone but is anyone aware of any other ticket metasearch websites? Maybe there are some that are even broader that fansnap (compare more brokers)?
  8. ctpatsfan77

    ctpatsfan77 Supporter Supporter

    #3 Jersey

  9. patchick

    patchick Moderatrix Staff Member Supporter

    #50 Jersey

    I tried a couple comparison engines but none of them included Vivid or Hallmark in their search, none allowed direct comparison of like seats, and some of their numbers were just plain wrong.
  10. patchick

    patchick Moderatrix Staff Member Supporter

    #50 Jersey

    But you get hats!!! :p
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