Are World Series Tickets the Most Counterfeited?

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With the 2014 World Series set to start on Wednesday with the Boston Red Sox taking on the St. Louis Cardinals and fans should know that World Series tickets are probably the most counterfeited tickets in the US according to the ticket experts at

“You better be able to trust your source and do due diligence before buying. Paying cash at the stadium is going to put fans in the most risk of buying counterfeit World Series Tickets.”

The Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals will take to the field this Wednesday for the start of the 2014 World Series and the odds are some fans are going to be turned away at the gate because they purchased counterfeit tickets. It should come as no surprise that counterfeit ticketing is on the rise with new technologies making it easier to do so and wants fans to be aware that World Series tickets may be the most counterfeited tickets of any major sporting event in the country and where they buy them will determine the risk.

Every time there’s a Super Bowl, NBA Finals, World Series or an event that draws thousands of fans that pay hundreds if not thousands of dollars per seat they’re going to be news articles about fans getting ripped off from buying counterfeit tickets. World Series tickets are likely the most often counterfeited tickets of all sporting events because of the number of games and high ticket prices. And the question many fans have is how to spot a counterfeit ticket so they don’t get ripped off.

But the problem is they can’t. For the most part the average fan or ticket taker at a stadium cannot tell the difference between real and fake World Series tickets because of the quality of printing these days. Often you may still be able to enter the event with a counterfeit ticket but you’ll soon find that the same seats had been sold to multiple buyers who’ll all be escorted from the building. The printers are too good and the profits are too high to resist.
The only way fans can truly be sure that they’re purchasing legitimate tickets for the World Series is to buy them from reliable sources such as ticket brokers. “They’ve even gone to the trouble to make sure each ticket has a different barcode number”, says Greg Cullen of Preferred Seating Tickets. “You better be able to trust your source and do due diligence before buying. Paying cash at the stadium is going to put fans in the most risk of buying counterfeit World Series Tickets.”

Craigslist is another likely place to find counterfeit tickets and the crooks prey on fans looking for a deal. The advice from would be to search for a company that has been in business for years, has a good track record with the Better Business Bureau and when you do an internet search under the company name you find them easily and there are no bad reviews.

With 2014 World Series ticket prices starting out at around $400 a pop the most important thing fans can do is take their time in choosing a secondary ticket source for tickets. Most ticket brokers are reliable and never have problems with counterfeit tickets because they know the source very well. It’s the private party purchases that most often lead to fans standing at the gate with blank stares and fake tickets.

Preferred Seating Tickets has been buying and selling concert, theater and sports tickets since 1987 with an A+ record of service with the Better Business Bureau.

Greg Cullen

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