5 Ways to Buy the Cheapest World Series Tickets

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World Series tickets are some of the most sought after sports tickets in the world and fans will pay almost anything to get them. But even the most ardent fans are looking for the best deal and Preferred Seating Tickets has put together some tips for saving money, and how to avoid getting ripped off when fans buy tickets for the 2012 World Series games.

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Let's face it, World Series tickets are not cheap and never will be. But fans can avoid paying too much by taking a few minutes to compare, investigate, and hopefully save by finding the seats they want at the cheapest prices, without getting taken. The ticket experts at Preferred Seating have come up with the 5 best ways to make sure you’ve found not only the cheapest World Series tickets online, but a safe place to buy as well.

1.    Compare World Series ticket prices online with at least 5 different sources

Yes, it takes time to compare prices. But when the cost of tickets can vary by hundreds of dollars it just makes sense to take the extra few minutes to compare World Series ticket prices. And most fans are doing just that, but 50% settle with the first choice in the search results and never look any further. The thing you should know is it costs a lot of money to get on any of the first three spots on Google, Bing or Yahoo, and they’ve included those costs in their ticket prices.

By checking further down the search results you may find a World Series ticket broker with much lower overhead and potentially cheaper prices. You can find most of the same seats on any of dozens of sites so it makes it easier to compare the same tickets on different sites.

2.    Factor in the hidden service charges for a more accurate comparison
What is a hidden service charge? It's a service fee that you don't usually see until you choose the shipping option on most websites selling tickets for the World Series. And it can be substantial. The higher the ticket price the larger the fee. Most of the extra fees can run from 10% to 20% or more of the ticket price so for a ticket that runs from an average of $1000 or more per seat you can save hundreds by choosing the right ticket source that doesn’t have hidden fees.
3.    Look for bargains.

Not all World Series tickets are priced alike. Even on the same website because fans and brokers alike sell their extra seats on sites such as PreferredSeat.com, Stubhub and Ticketsnow. Scroll down the list of tickets and watch for bargains. The prices will get higher as you go from standing room only to the best seats, but often a fan will list their tickets cheaper than others just to sell them sooner.

4.    Buy tickets at the right time.

When is the right time to buy? When the prices are the cheapest. But that is often before the team has clinched their spot in the World Series. Once the teams are set you can only follow the ticket prices and see if they are going up or down and if the numbers of available tickets are going down as well. The next best time to buy World Series tickets may be the between 7am and 10am on the morning of the game but there are no guarantees.

Many sellers choose this time to unload last minute tickets with discounted prices. But the bargains go fast and typically only the highest priced tickets will remain a few hours before game time. And those may never be discounted.

5.    Don't get ripped off.

Know who you are buying from. When you find the right seats at the right price take a few minutes to check the companies record with the Better Business Bureau and with online complaint sites. The BBB can verify the business is legitimate and how many complaints have been filed against them and by adding "complaints" to the company name in an online search you can often out if complaints have been filed on other online rating sites.

The bottom line is if you’re going to spend a lot of money on a single game you may as well take the time to make sure you don’t pay more than you have to, and you don’t get taken.

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