Ticketmaster Tips

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Ticketmaster Tips
Online tickets purchases are encouraged over buying at a Ticketmaster retailer. (ticket please! image by Przemyslaw Moranski from Fotolia.com)

Snagging tickets to see your favourite band may prove a difficult feat. Nowadays, the Internet can prove enormously helpful, providing a unique alternative to grabbing tickets instead of waiting in long lines at Ticketmaster booths or spending too much time over the phone. Many of these secret strategies are used by pro ticket buyers to snatch up tickets, sometimes even before they go on sale.

Ticketmaster Alerts

Become a Facebook or Twitter fan to get on-sale reminders and venue updates. Also, set up a free account with Ticketmaster. With an account, users can list favourite venues and set up e-mail alerts to get quick reminders before tickets go on sale. When you create your account, be sure to add in credit-card information before you plan to buy. This will allow you to do a quick pay without having to fill out your information at the last minute.

Best Times To Buy

Tickets are subject to go on sale any time of the day and week, but according to Tix101.com, tickets generally post by 10a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays. To act fast on tickets as soon as they post, first know the time in which the venue is located as the time of day for a particular show will correspond with the time zone where the venue is. Keep in mind that arriving online at 10a.m. for instance, still does not guarantee that tickets won't be sold out. Contact Ticketmaster to not only inquire about the exact time tickets will be released, but to know the TicketMaster's official computer time, as tickets will be released for sale according to TicketMaster's clock. Set your computer clock to Atomic Time Sync 10 to 15 minutes before ticket sale or sync your clock according to the venue's time zone.

Media Advantages

Seattle PI advises ticket buyers to listen in to their favourite radio stations and other media outlets that advertise concert shows. Band promoters sometimes air secret strategies for snagging tickets through Ticketmaster by outing passwords for ticket pre-sales. Seattle PI states, "sometimes there are caps (on the number of tickets), and other times there are not. There is added value for the promoter, and it's a benefit for us to offer it to our listeners." Signing up through the band's official website for e-mail alerts can also give you the edge on the best times to get tickets or pre-sale opportunities.

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