Easy Ways to Save at Concerts

When your favorite artist is in town, you want to go to the concert. These tickets can often be really expensive. Concert tickets can sell out before you have a chance to purchase them. What do you do? You don't want to be left on the outside with no ticket. Fortunately, there are many ways to purchase a ticket. You can always find one on the secondary market. You don't even have to break the bank. With a little bit of research, you can score a few tickets at a fraction of the price. Here are some easy ways to save money on concert tickets.

1. Know your source

There is a primary and secondary market to buy concert tickets. The primary market includes buying tickets from the venue, an authorized dealer, or the box office. These tickets are purchased directly from the source. They usually will have a set price with no extra fees. The secondary market includes reseller websites and scalpers. You can usually find concert tickets from these sellers at a cheaper price. Some tickets can even sell for 40 percent less than the price from a primary seller. You do need to be extra cautious when buying from a secondary source though.

2. Find the perfect time to buy

You may be tempted to buy tickets the moment they go on sale. That might not be the best choice to save money. Tickets are at their highest price the first moment they go on sale. Scalpers and secondary sellers will buy these tickets when they are released. If you do not mind purchasing from a secondary seller, you can wait. When the concert draws closer, prices will drop. You do have to research the venue though. Smaller venues have fewer tickets. That means the prices will rise as more tickets are sold. It is best to buy early for those concerts. For artists who are performing on multiple nights, remember that the first date is always the most expensive.

3. Use a search engine

People use search sites for everything from airline tickets to hotels. You can certainly do the same for concert tickets. There are many websites available to find concert tickets. You should always check multiple sites for the best selection. Many people buy tickets and then will try to sell them on these sites. They are legitimate concert tickets. Some popular sites even have a guarantee on your purchase. So you can be assured that the ticket is not a fake. This helps protect both the buyer and the seller.

4. Be willing to sit anywhere

A concert is all about the experience. You love the artist and want to see a live performance. Many people feel like they need the "best seats" in the house. Those "best seats" are often the most expensive. If you are looking to save some money, don't be afraid of lawn seats. These tickets can be purchased at a fraction of the cost. Lawn seats get a bad rap since there is no actual seat. It still can be a great experience, especially if you are not planning to sit much during the concert. The tickets can be a great way to get into a concert without paying higher prices. 

5. Stay away from Craigslist

There are always concert tickets for sale on Craigslist. You might be tempted to buy when the prices are very low. The tickets are often faked. It is easy to replicate a ticket with today's technology. Anyone can sell on Craigslist. If you have purchased a fake ticket, there is no recourse to get your money back. That is lost money. A $20 ticket might seem like a deal, but it is more than likely to be a scam. If it seems too good to be true, stay away from it. It is better to pay a higher price and know it is a legitimate ticket for the concert.

6. Head out of town

Ticket prices for larger cities can be very expensive. Venues often are the ones who set the ticket prices. So larger venues can mean higher ticket costs to the consumer. If you don't mind saving a few dollars, you can hit the road. Most artists play at multiple venues in the area. If you head to a different city, you might be able to grab a concert ticket at a fraction of the cost. As an added bonus, you get the opportunity to check other another city's concert venues.