Have you tried to find concert tickets with no hidden fees or service charges only to find dozens of websites with fees that you don’t see until after you choose a shipping method? Is it a coincidence that they all follow the same pattern?
It’s not a coincidence because a large number of websites selling concert tickets are owned by a few large corporations, many of which are struggling to sell tickets this summer and rely on hidden fees to attract customers to their site. They have tickets with hidden fees to hide the fact that they are charging much more than established ticket sellers such as Preferred Seating Tickets.
Even the largest ticket reseller in the country, Stubhub, uses hidden fees to hide higher ticket prices. You won’t see the additional 10% that Stubhub adds on to the ticket price until you enter all of your personal information though. And the cost to the customer gets higher as the cost of the ticket rises because the fee is a percent of the total, not a fixed fee so you may end up paying hundreds of dollars more per ticket.
Concert fans call the offices of Preferred Seating Tickets often asking how they keep their concert ticket prices so low. The difference is in the markup. You can find most of the same tickets on all the tickets websites, large and small. But few ticket brokers can match the low ticket prices at Preferred Seating Tickets because of lower overhead and 23 years of connections in the ticket industry.