5 Ways to Not Get Ripped Off on Concert Tickets in Lubbock
It's easy to get ripped off out there.
I was informed by Din Productions about a group that had purchased tickets online for In This Moment's previously booked appearances had to be turned away. The problem wasn't that the old tickets weren't being accepted, the problem was that those tickets (I think they were e-tickets) were never good in the first place.
Let's help you not be ripped off.
1. Trust the Radio Station
We do not put on concerts. We don't put money on the line, and we make the same amount no matter how many tickets are sold. Our only interest is having you tune into the radio station to stay informed and win freebies.
Since the first part of that is to keep you informed, we try to have the latest information on-air and on our app. We try to always tell you where to get your tickets. We don't want you mad at the radio station, so we do our best to steer you in the right direction.
2. The Tickets Cost Too Much
Okay, so a lot of you will complain that all tickets cost too much. I get it. Understood. Now let's move on.
If the price seems high on tickets, that's the perfect time for you to double-check whether it's the recommended vendor. Even if the seller you're dealing with really has tickets, wouldn't you love to save money? I would, in fact, say that unless you're willing to pay wheelbarrows full of money to be up front, don't ever deal with secondary dealers.
When you deal with those people, it does not benefit the band, the venue, or the promoter. Sorry, but unless you really, really need them, they suck.
3. Do Not Trust Google Results
Let's look at a picture, then talk about it. I Googled "Halestorm Tickets" and this is what came up:
Of those five vendors, which do you think is the preferred vendor? The answer is number five.
Once again, I don't know if one through four are legit businesses or not, I just know that you will pay extra for using them. I'll also mention that there were about 15-20 results under this ready to sell you tickets at a markup as well.
Renee Raven had a great example of this when looking up tickets for Hatebreed. The first tickets she found were $80, whereas they're about half that price at Ralph's Records.
4. Where Else You Can Go
Let's say we screwed up or something and you can't get ahold of us. Going to the band's website is usually a trusted link to the authorized vendor. If you heard something like "this is a ________ production," that's the promoter and their website(s) will hook you up. I would also say that the guys at Ralph's Records will know.
5. Your Best Guesses
This is not going to be true 100 percent of the time, but if you're desperate and afraid you're not going to get tickets, a good rule of thumb is that tickets at the Buddy Holly Center are sold on their website, and tickets for shows at Jake's Backroom and the Lone Star Events Center are usually (but not always) at Ralph's Records.
Where everything is really screwed up right now is that the Select-a-Seat system is, or was, in the process of being revamped, so tickets that are almost always available there for United Supermarkets Arena have scattered across several platforms.
We'll Try to Do Better
As stated, the ticket vendor is usually included in the initial concert announcement. We will attempt to start rolling that information over to FMX Stagez as well.
Good luck, and we'll see you at the shows!