Smart Watcher: Why You Should Nurse Your Ticket

Tickets sure have gone a long way from being things that were simply used to gain entry past a certain point. In today’s world it actually pays to nurse your ticket. Of course, we’re not talking about literally nursing that ticket (whether in physical or electronic form). We’re talking about holding on to it beyond getting it stamped or punched by the gatekeepers.

There are a lot of reasons why you should nurse your ticket even after you’ve gotten into the event itself. Here are a few of them:

You may need it again

A lot of the time, people have various reasons for needing to exit the event location. The usual practice would be to place a stamp on a wrist or a hand of an attendee so that they may re-enter the venue. The trouble is, there are a lot of people out there that have managed to find a way to build counterfeit stamps to gain entry after the event had already started.

As you may imagine, this has developed into quite a problem for a lot of venue owners and even those hosting events. So they require their attendees to present the original ticket. If you’ve thrown or crumpled the ticket in any way, you’ll be ineligible for re-entry.

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It’s a good memorabilia

Tickets provide a pretty solid piece of memorabilia for the more nostalgic type of supporter. While there are usually merchandise that’s sold at the venue itself, having the physical ticket or a printout of the electric ticket is a really good keepsake.

After all, there are certain merch that’s sold in other areas. However, a particular ticket to a specific date and venue isn’t something that you can buy at other merch kiosks or distributors.

You can make money off of it

Vintage tickets actually go for quite a bit of money when sold to other collectors. There are a lot of specialized shops that can help the sale of any vintage tickets—if you’re willing to let go of it, of course. The market for vintage tickets may not seem all that physically visible but the online market for it is completely booming.

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Vintage tickets have been known to sell for several hundreds and even thousands of dollars.

Before You Go

We’ve mentioned time and time again how tickets are the gateways to fun and entertainment—and they really are. What’s great about them is the fact that their usefulness doesn’t end after you have them inspected at the gate. A well-kept ticket can be the source of security at the event, can serve to be a pretty good nostalgic piece, and you may even profit from it!

Have you ever nursed a ticket for a long time? What was your motivation for doing so?

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Go Legit: Why You Should Never Go to a Ticket Scalper

It goes without saying that tickets are often sold within a certain time period only. When people miss the sale period, they tend to get a little desperate and go to unorthodox sources. By ‘unorthodox’, we are of course referring to ticket scalpers.

Scalpers are a sight that is a pretty regular sight to see in big events like concerts and sporting events. While they have access to some pretty good seats, there are a lot of other reasons why you should never go to a ticket scalper. Reasons like:

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They Overprice Tickets

One of the reasons why people are actually tempted to become scalpers is because of the return of investment that they get. They usually buy tickets early and they usually get good seats to boot. What they do is that they re-sell those tickets nearing the day of the event or on the day of the event itself for around 50-150% increase in price.

The Extra Money You Pay Doesn’t Go to the Event or Artist

The reasons why artists and events sell tickets is to get funding for anything they’ve already invested and even pool in funds for future projects. When you buy tickets from scalpers, you spend extra which do not go toward supporting the band, artist, or whatever it is that you’re attending.

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Scalping is Illegal in Certain States and Countries

While the actual re-sale of tickets (unless they specifically have names on them) is fine, most of the time scalpers tend to buy a significant number of tickets. Scalpers do not pay taxes. That significant money lost on behalf of the legal channels.

Before You Go

It is perfectly fine to feel tempted to purchase a ticket from a scalper if you really want to catch a particular show or event. However, it would be highly prudent for you to remember just what exactly you are supporting when you purchase tickets from a scalper. Think about your own finances in terms of long term and not just short-term gain.

Have you ever bought a ticket from a scalper? How much did you have to pay for it?

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Gateways to Fun: Two Forms of Tickets

People in general tend to put entertainment pretty high on their hierarchy of needs. It is good then that there are always a lot of options for potential audiences to pursue. Options like going to see theater shows, live concerts, movies, and so many others! What all these things have in common is that they usually require goers to purchase tickets for entry.

Yep, tickets! These lovely little buggers that are pretty much the gateways to fun, right? So it’s pretty important to us that everyone is well versed on how tickets work and what forms they come in. Today, we’ll be talking about their forms. Usually, they come in two particular forms which are:

Physical

These come in many visages but are usually something that you will be able to physically hold in your hands. They are usually printed by the office of those involved with the event or with the ticket sales branch that you go to.

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Nowadays, they can come in forms of cards or bracelets with a code printed on it.

Electronic

The traditional form of tickets tends to cost extra since materials are needed to dole them out. There needs to be paper, ink, printers, and man power. It only made sense that more and more agencies went in the direction of electronic tickets.

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These no longer need to be printed at all and merely need the bar code on an app or a program that they use.

Before You Go

Knowing about the forms which tickets take is quite important so you don’t get duped into purchasing any fraudulent tickets that just give people a bad experience overall. In the age of rampant misinformation, it would be wise for any potential audience member to be smart about what they’re getting into.

Have you ever bought a ticket before? What form did it come in?

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