Two Types of Discount Ticket Options: Buy Early or Buy Late

The art of buying discount tickets is just that… an art. There’s no magic formula, and there’s certainly no guaranteed way to do it time and time again. However, with practice and perseverance, anyone can be great at scoring discount or cheap tickets. Generally speaking, there are no set rules on how to score these tickets, but most of the time it’s by buying really early or really late.

The Really Early Approach

The early bird gets the worm, and it’s especially true of early ticket buyers. It’s natural for the price of a ticket to rise as the event draws closer. After all, as the date approaches, the number of tickets available continues to decrease. Also, people who are eager to make quick plans are aware that they might have to pay a little bit more for not planning ahead.

When you hear of a ticket for an event that interests you, buy as soon as possible. Also, make sure to ask about group rates. Because you’re buying early, it’s likely that there are large sections you can buy out (if you have enough interested people).

The Really Late Approach

Oddly enough, you can also get great deals by purchasing tickets really late. On the day of an event, there will always be some ticket-holders who can no longer go. Three things happen with these tickets:

  • They go to waste and don’t do anybody any good.
  • They are returned to the box office, which may in turn sell them at a discounted rate in order to fill seats.
  • They are re-sold directly by the owner to a discount ticket hunter like you!

Check with the box office a few hours before an event to see if there are any returned/unclaimed tickets available. Also, check out sites like Craigslist to see if anyone is trying to get rid of cheap tickets at the last minute.

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