Ten Tips for Buying Rolling Stones Tickets Without Getting Taken

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The Rolling Stones tickets may turn out to be the most expensive ever for a concert tour but fans can save themselves a few bucks and keep themselves from getting ripped off with ticket buying tips for the Stones from the experts at Preferred Seating Tickets.

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With the announcement of the first two Rolling Stones performances for the “50 and Counting” tour the fans have started looking online in earnest for the best seats and the cheapest ticket prices.

But if they buy too early or from the wrong website they may pay too much, or even worse they may end up with counterfeit tickets. Preferred Seating Inc. has been buying and selling Rolling Stones tickets since 1987 and they want to make sure fans don't miss out on the hottest concert of the year.

It’s not like the old days when they would spend the night waiting for the tickets to go on sale in the morning at the local Tower Record store. Nowadays concert tickets are sold on hundreds of websites online and you can rarely find a local ticket outlet. Fans have to search online and hope they find the official site or a reputable ticket broker to secure the seats they never had to worry about in the past. But they can protect themselves and get a better deal at the same time.

Preferred Seating’s Top Ten Tips for Buying Rolling Stones Tickets Online
1. Watch out for early ticket sales at Ticketmaster.com. The Rolling Stones will have several ticket pre-sales for fans, venues, American Express, etc. This will give fans more chances to get a ticket. The first pre-sale for the Stones will be this Saturday, October 20 at noon.
2. Be prepared to buy the first set of tickets that pops up. There may not be another chance. With the popularity of the band and the ticket bots fans may only have one chance to buy Rolling Stones tickets before they sell out.
3. Keep trying to buy tickets for at least 20 minutes, even if a message comes up saying the concert is sold out. There may be a few Stones tickets that still drop back in the system. The ones the ticket bots didn’t get. If you don’t have any luck, you’ll have to check with a ticket reseller if you really want to go to the concert.
4. Don’t buy tickets for the Rolling Stones from Craigslist. Too many fans get ripped off, especially for big ticket items.
5. Check out the company with the Better Business Bureau. Don’t rely on the rating given by the BBB, check the complaint list. A lot of complaints will usually indicate a problem, even if they have an A Rating.
6. Do a Google search for the business. If you they can't be found, then they haven’t been around long enough. Add the word “complaints” to the business name in the Google search to find out more of what customers have been saying about them.
7. Beware of websites that have the same name as the venue. If it’s at the top of the Google search listing it is most likely not associated with the venue. They may still be legit but fans will want to confirm that so they don’t think you are getting the tickets at face value. Look for a disclaimer and pay attention to the fine print.
8. Ticket prices go up and down based on the popularity of the band and availability of tickets. The Rolling Stones are performing in a small venue and they have the most sought after concert ticket in the world. Ticket prices are not likely to go down but if you don’t want to pay the price today, check back daily and compare ticket prices and how many tickets are still available to better determine the direction of the market.
9. Compare ticket prices for the Rolling Stones before purchasing and don't just choose the first company that pops up. Most of the largest resellers have hidden fees that don’t show up until you choose the shipping method and these fees help them stay at the top of the search results. A few ticket brokers such as Preferred Seating Tickets make it easy to compare prices by not hiding extra fees and providing the full price of the tickets up front.
10. Wait until next year. The Rolling Stones are almost guaranteed to be doing a full blown 50th anniversary tour in 2013 and fans will get many more chances to buy tickets. The ticket prices are not likely to be any cheaper unless they schedule in a few stadium shows next summer and you can almost bet on that.

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