A Students Guide to Scalping Tickets
Don’t Be Scared
First of all, don’t be scared to go to anything without a ticket, there will always be some for sale. I have scalped tickets for the Super Bowl, huge concerts, tons of SEC football games, and all sorts of other events. Lots of times scalping a ticket just before the event begins is your best chance for a cheap price. It is also very possible to get lucky and have a rich older person give you a ticket just because you are a college student.
Don’t Buy From a Scalper
The first rule of scalping, which may seem counterintuitive, is to do your best to not buy from a scalper. You will easily be able to recognize who are the scalpers and who aren’t by how pushy they are. The scalpers will run up to you and ask what you need or how much you are willing to pay. Be skeptical of them, because although they may not look smart they know this game very well. Do your best to buy from a normal person that is going into the event and just happens to have an extra ticket that they need to sell. They are more reasonable and most of the time are less concerned with making a buck.
Information is King
Scalping tickets is surprisingly very similar to any other market (think Stock Market) meaning the people with the most information (Full-time Traders) win. My recommendation is to ask at least 5 people what they are selling and how much before getting into any real negotiation. This will prevent you from getting ripped off. You will then know the market price and can go into a negotiation with some ammo. Also, be sensitive to the supply and demand. If there are tons of tickets for sale then you can be sure you will get a good price, but if tickets are scarce you may need to buy one as quick as you can.
Negotiate and then Negotiate Some More
Once you have the knowledge, the best thing to do is to act disinterested by acting like you don’t really want to go and it’s no big deal where you sit. Feel free to low-ball them and even walk away. Negotiation is part of the game and everyone usually responds pretty well to it. Once you have talked them down to a fair price, seize the opportunity, end then enjoy the event.