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Third Party Bowl Tickets
updated: Mar 07, 2014, 11:45 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Has anyone bought tickets for a Bowl concert through "official online tickets" http://official-online-tickets.com/

I recently bought tickets for the Ringo Starr concert, and somehow did not get to the official SB Bowl website, and ended up buying the tickets through this "Official Online Tickets", and not Ticketmaster like I usually do. I thought maybe the Bowl had changed their ticket source. I realized later that I used a different source. I paid WAY more than the Ticketmaster prices, but I'm more concerned that the tickets won't even be valid. I've emailed the bowl but they said they don't know.

Has anyone had this experience? Thank you.

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 COMMENT 500874 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-07 11:53 AM

Official-Online -Tickets is a total scam, they prey upon unsuspecting people using the Internet who are racing against the clock to purchase tickets/seats to an event. This organization participates in bait and switch scams and provides horrible seats, not the seats you actually purchased. This is a very sophisticated scam, their website looks slick and official with a money back guarantee prominently displayed on it. They must pay lots of money to Google to be at the top of search listings and they must make lots of money swindling and cheating people. I hope the state attorney general digs into and takes down this fraud shop


 COMMENT 500876 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-07 12:00 PM

874... it doesn't have to cost anything to improve your Search Engine Optimization just a lot of footwork or finger work in this case. In fact their name capitalizes on how search engines work....#official, #online, #tickets - how many times to those tags show up on a daily basis in web traffic?


 COMMENT 500904 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-07 12:36 PM

For years I have used Barry's Tickets, very good service and very reliable. Cost is double or more but they get me the best seats in the house if I want to pay for them. Story from 874 sounds bad. I wouldn't use anyone else besides Barry's and Ticketmaster, just no experience with any of them and I have always assumed it could be a shady business.


 COMMENT 500907P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-07 12:39 PM

OP here: I should know better, and I do. I wasn't even in a hurry, as the concert isn't until July. But I was distracted and not paying close attention. Bummer, oh well, lesson learned: be more careful and always vigilant. Thank you to those who replied, and readers; be forewarned.


 COMMENT 500945P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-07 01:45 PM

OP again: I had googled " Santa Barbara Bowl", and their's was the top result. The webpage did look very slick and professional and had a picture of the bowl on their page. Ew ew ew.


 COMMENT 500949 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-07 01:50 PM

Dont buy tickets from scalpers. Its like feeding the trolls.

These parasites cost everyone money. They steal from the artists, the venue, the fans, the promoters and everyone else in the business. Ticketmaster and the Bowl itself are generally the only ways to buy tickets. On occasion the bands will sell some direct to their best fans but you have to be a fan...

Regardless, with shows like this one you're better off waiting until the day of the show and buying local on Craigslist or even at the Bowl. But please do not support scalpers or ticket agencies unless there is no other way to see the show you just have to see. They are the dearth of the music business and ruin it for everyone who loves music.


 COMMENT 500958P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-07 02:01 PM

OP- did you try calling the SB Bowl to verify? At least the Bowl should put something on their site stating that these other sites are invalid.


 COMMENT 500964 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-07 02:07 PM

Dear OP:

Call your credit card company and ask them to cancel the charges!


 COMMENT 500970P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-07 02:14 PM

DO NOT purchase Bowl tickets from any place other than 1. The Bowl itself or 2. Ticketmaster--I'm so paranoid that the only Ticketmaster I will use is the Ticketmaster at the Arlington Theater. The Bowl has difficulty assisting you if someone else is sitting in your purchased seat when you arrive for that great show and you purchased your tickets some place other than the above mentioned. You will explain to the box office you bought your crazy expensive ticket from Barry's Tickets and the box office will say, "Barry's Who?"----then if it is truly a sold-out show and all the seats are gone, you can't stay, and are very politely asked to leave. Bummer.---


 COMMENT 500973 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-07 02:24 PM

I am 904. I don't understand how using a reputable ticket agency is any of the bad things 949 accuses them of. The artist and the venue get all the revenue they have asked for. I have been attending big concerts since I saw Hendrix at Earl Warren, the Doors at La Playa, Bob Marley at the Waikiki Shell, the Stones about 20 times, and most of the best shows at the Bowl since '68. I still like going and without using Barry's Tickets can't usually get in. 970 specifically calling out Barry's I expect is being dishonest. As I said above, I have been using Barry's for more than 10 years and nothing but excellent reliable service, front row tickets to Pearl Jam and anything else I have wanted to see!


 COMMENT 500976 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-07 02:29 PM

973 - Because the agencies buy up the tickets! Removing the ability for the fans to purchase them... that's basic. Barry has dozens of people on his payroll that sit and use all sorts of tricks and techniques to get him the tickets. HE then scalps them to the highest bidder, for a profit. Removing the option for real fans to get to see a show and instead letting rich guys get the best seats.

That's why every single artists hates scalpers. Every one!

The old days are long gone. Its a world wide market now and that's why tickets for shows at the Bowl are gone in seconds and then sold on the web for 5x what they cost.


 COMMENT 501004 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-07 03:18 PM

874: Gross underestimation of how SEO works. But, thanks for playing. I would be surprised if this person found their way to the site through an organic search. More likely paid search which is what I believe the first commenter is insinuating. Oh, and SEO - it costs a lot of money now adays (particularly in the ticket sales space) unless you're operating in an uncompetitive niche.


 COMMENT 501013P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-07 03:43 PM

I am waiting for the ticketless shows to permanently take hold which will hopefully take care of the scalpers.


 COMMENT 501028P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-07 04:17 PM

+1 - 013P That's the way to go in the future. Goodbye scalpers & other online ripoff artists.


 COMMENT 501035 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-07 04:31 PM

976 So you are complaining about reality! Your "protest" would mean at my age, never seeing another high profile concert in my life. No thanks, not ready for that yet! I actually was able to get tickets for Jack Johnson through Ticketmaster, not front row mind you , but still, but that was sheer luck, as much luck as needed to win at a slot machine at a Casino. In my life and for my family, I appreciate what Barry's Tickets does, and allows us to do.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-07 07:25 PM

Sounds like a lot of work to see concerts. We saw Further a year or so ago at the Bowl and bought tickets from their office, front row bench seating. It was SO easy long ago when concerts were at Earl Warren; bought tickets at Morning Glory Music at Five points, $2.50 and got a poster; at the concert people lined up to pay $3.00. Always 3 groups, Santana Blues Band was a warm-up group. Jimi, Janis, Doors all came as headliners. As Dylan sang, "Times are a changing."


 COMMENT 501110 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-07 07:54 PM

Didn't realize Flicka was that old! Most of us who saw Jimi, Janis and the Doors here are all dead!


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-08 08:49 AM

110, Oh come on! Wasn't THAT long ago. I bought a t-shirt in New Orleans saying, "I might be old, but I got to see all the cool bands."


 COMMENT 501186 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-08 08:51 AM

If you want great seats and cant get them through Ticketmaster (the only OFFICIAL concert and sports ticket vendor) then what else do you do protest and say well I just wont go to that concert. OR you look for tickets on the secondary market ie, Barry's. I for one use Stub Hub. You can look at all the tickets that are available and their reputation is stellar. I can usually get in the floor section U for maybe $50 more. Worth it for me.


 COMMENT 502114P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-12 10:10 AM

OP here with a follow up: I received said tickets via Fed Ex and they seem legit as they are Ticketmaster tickets. I suppose the third party buys from Ticketmaster, then adds a bunch of fees and resells. The tickets themselves were the least expensive ($39.00) seats (there are no bad
seats at the bowl), but the cost to me was $203. total for two tickets! with all the "handling" and "delivery" fees, etc. To the company's credit, they did keep me updated via email as to the timeline I could expect the tickets, provided a tracking number, and had them delivered via FedEx,
requiring a signature. Learn from my mistake and only purchase your bowl concert tickets through first-party connections, such as Ticketmaster.


 COMMENT 502117P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-12 10:14 AM

OP again: Then I will let this rest. I am planning to go to the Bowl's box office and show them these tickets to verity if they are legit and I'll actually be able to sit in the assigned seats. I just can't believe how stupid I feel about this.


 COMMENT 502172 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-12 12:09 PM

OP - Just take a lighter and put it under the corner of one the tickets. Ticketmaster tickets are heat printed, so if they're real, a black spot will appear on the ticket above the flame. Fake tickets will be printed on paper and will not produce a black spot. An easy way to tell if you've been sold fake ones...


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