Got questions about getting tickets to events? Ever wondered what those service charges are for? Check out this ticket-buying guide and find out everything you ever wanted to know about purchasing tickets through Ticketsmarche.
Where to Buy Tickets?
Ticket Availability Explained
Can I improve my odds for getting tickets by purchasing through one particular distribution channel?
When an event goes on sale, tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in retail. We do not reserve a specific amount of tickets for different distribution channels, so the odds of getting tickets are the same no matter how you choose to get your tickets.
From time to time, promoters conduct "internet-only pre-sales" or other promotions that are available only through one distribution channel. In such a promotion, you can purchase tickets only through that particular distribution channel.
Why do tickets sell out so quickly for popular events?
When a popular event goes on sale there are literally hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of customers simultaneously attempting to purchase tickets across all distribution channels. Like any limited commodity, tickets are sold as long as seats are available, and sometimes they go quickly. If 500 fans are simultaneously buying four tickets each, 2,000 tickets can be sold in a matter of seconds! It's the same reason why a typical 20,000-seat arena can sell out in a few minutes.
Also, in many cases, tickets are held by the promoter or venue or have been pre-sold to season-ticket holders for the entire run of the season, reducing the quantity of tickets available for purchase through Ticketsmarche by the general public.
Why are "better" tickets sometimes available...
...a few minutes after the event goes on sale?
When customers find tickets either online or through any of the other distribution channels, those tickets are actually reserved while the customer considers the purchase. During that period, which lasts for only a few minutes, no one else can view or purchase those tickets. If the customer decides not to buy the tickets, they are "released" and become available to other purchasers. So if a customer is looking at 10th-row-center seats and decides not to buy, those seats become available for another customer.
...days after the event goes on sale?
May I exchange my tickets if better seats become available later, or if a second show is announced?
We and our clients regret any inconvenience, but, as with all Ticketsmarche ticket sales, there are no refunds, exchanges or cancellations.
Why does Ticketsmarche enforce a time limit when making purchases online?
When you are shopping for tickets, you are "holding" real inventory. No one else can purchase those tickets unless you release them by not completing your order. Due to high demand, we've implemented a time limit during the checkout process. Each checkout page is assigned a different time limit based on the type of information we need from you. If you exceed the posted time on the page, the tickets you are holding are released for others to purchase. You have about five minutes total to complete your purchase. This gives as many people as possible a chance to purchase tickets.
Why are there limits on how many tickets I can buy?
The venue or artist/event management will typically impose a ticket limit per customer, credit card or address in order to provide ticket access to as many fans as possible. Ticket limits vary depending on the type of event or the anticipated demand for tickets. Check the event information area of the purchase page for more information on ticket limits for your event. Please adhere to published ticket limits. If we determine that a ticket limit has been exceeded, we may cancel an order, or part of an order, without notice, and may even cancel a ticket that has already been delivered, rendering it null and void without notice.
Prevent your tickets from being released
Please use only one browser window at a time (on the same computer) to hold tickets. If you open a new browser and order a different set of tickets, the tickets held in the previous browser will be released for sale to other customers. This helps us to prevent attempts to use automated programs to block other customers from getting tickets.
Last-Minute Ticket Availability
As the event date approaches, the venue may release tickets that were previously held for the artist or team. Why are tickets released
•The artist or team may no longer need the tickets that were held when the event originally went on sale.
•Once the stage or event area is set up, the venue has a better idea about which seats are obstructed. Sometimes events are so popular that even seats with obstructed views are released for sale!
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Are there other ways I can purchase tickets to events I am interested in attending?
Promoters sometimes conduct pre-sales or special promotions. A pre-sale typically occurs online a few days or weeks before tickets go on sale to the general public. A percentage of all tickets for the event are made available during the pre-sale. Check our website often for new pre-sales.
Many venues also make tickets available at their box office. To find contact information for a specific box office, search for the venue name on our website's home page by entering venue name and clicking on the "search" button. Then click on the venue information link that follows.
What is an Internet Pre-sale?
Occasionally, some events will be available to purchase online before they go on sale to the general public. These pre-sales frequently require a password that may be distributed by the venue, artist, team, or promoter of either the event or the pre-sale, or distributed by Ticketsmarche.com via email promotions. Often, these passwords are distributed to exclusive members of clubs or certain other types of groups and cannot be offered to members of the public. Links may be published on the Event Information page at the time of pre-sale. Ticketsmarche Call Center and Customer Service representatives usually cannot give out passwords. If an event is scheduled for pre-sale and we are authorized to publish it in advance, the event page may list an "Internet Pre-sale" date with the ticket sales information.
When entering your pre-sale password into a promotional page, window or box in an email, please ensure you are entering it in the appropriate box.
Internet pre-sales are usually sold from a reserved allotment of seats, which may not reflect the same availability during the public ticket sale. Internet pre-sales provide the advantage of exclusive purchasing windows in advance of the public sale, which often results in less people competing for the pool of available seats. However, Internet pre-sales may also have limited seating available in various areas - these pre-sales are intended as advance purchasing windows and do not necessarily provide access to better seating. In fact, it is possible that you may be able to obtain tickets for better seats at the general public sale than those that you purchase through a pre-sale. We must remind you that Ticketsmarche does not offer refunds or exchanges, so you will not be able to replace the tickets you obtain at a pre-sale with other tickets that become available at a later date.
Why is it that sometimes I hear about an event that is supposed to go on sale, but when I call Ticketsmarche or visit a Ticketsmarche Retail Location, they don't know anything about it?
Often, the venue or promoters prefer to wait until all terms about the event are finalized to protect the consumer from being misinformed. We don't release any information until we receive authorization from the promoter or venue; sometimes, this can happen after the media has already begun publicizing the event.
My tickets say "GA" What does that mean?
GA "General Admission" refers to seating or standing areas that are not assigned or reserved, and are occupied on a first-come, first-served basis. When purchasing tickets for a GA event, you may be quoted section, row, and seat numbers, however these are for inventory purposes only and do not reflect any actual seating location. Please ensure you carefully read the Event Information and Ticket Information screens when purchasing tickets: Any information on whether your tickets are General Admission will be posted on one or both of these screens. Seating arrangements vary for each event, and there may or may not be seats of any kind available. Ticketsmarche cannot guarantee seating for any event that is sold as General Admission.
Ticket Prices Explained
Ticket prices are based on the following:
Face Value of a Ticket
The face value of a ticket is determined by the promoter, venue, or artist. Ticketsmarche does not determine the face value of tickets.
This fee covers costs that allow Ticketsmarche to provide the widest range of available tickets while giving you multiple ways to purchase. Tickets are available in many neighborhoods via local ticket outlet locations, our call center system and Ticketsmarche.com. Tickets can be purchased through at least one distribution channel virtually 24 hours a day.
Is the convenience charge always the same no matter where I buy my tickets?
No, the convenience charge is a percentage of Ticket Face Value. A convenience charge is applied when you purchase from the Internet or phone.
Retail Outlet Fees
This is a fixed fee applied if you buy your ticket from a retail store. This fee covers the broadband connection that is offered by Ticketsmarche to the retail store.
This is a fee maybe applied to certain events/venues.
A variety of delivery options is available for most events. For more detailed information on the delivery of tickets, please review Delivery Methods. Delivery prices will be displayed during the purchase process at the point where you select the shipping method. Generally, Print @ Home will be free, and occasionally, delivery prices may in fact be charged (i.e., occasionally the delivery price for these options will not be free). Consequently, we recommend that you carefully review the delivery prices in the delivery method section of the purchase process before selecting these options to be sure.
Who handles refunds?
The decision of whether or not to allow refunds is made by the venue or promoter. Ticketsmarche assumes no responsibility for making any such decision, and will have no responsibility to issue refunds. However, if a refund is issued, then it will be Ticketsmarche who will process refunds for those tickets sold through our Internet sites, call centers and ticket outlets. Please note that delivery prices and certain other fees associated with a ticket order will not be refunded. Please see Cancelled/Postponed Events for more details.
How are cancellations, postponements and artist venue changes handled?
Occasionally, events are cancelled by the promoter, team, band or venue. Should this occur, and if you purchased your tickets online or by phones, you may receive a refund or exchange for that event. Please note that delivery and order processing fees cannot be refunded.
What if I don't receive my tickets?
If you do not receive your tickets by three business days prior to an event, call Ticketsmarche Customer Service Department immediately. Be prepared with the order number for your account, or the purchasing credit card. The agent will determine the nature of the problem, and if your tickets are replaceable, instruct you as to where and when to pick up your replacement tickets. This is normally done at the box office prior to the show, and the tickets are marked as "Replacement" so that they are easily identified as the valid tickets. Replacement tickets can only be picked up by the credit card holder with the original credit card used in the purchase.
Where Can I Buy Tickets?
Buy tickets securely, at your convenience, day or night, 365 days a year
Find event and venue information 24 hours a day
•Select [email protected] as your delivery option and you can print your tickets (Only valid for certain events)
•Get venue information:
•Easy-to-read, color seating charts for most venues
•Schedule of all booked events
Order by Phone
Call your Ticketsmarche call center to order by phone. (+2.0100.TICKETS / 0100.8425387)
•Located at major local retailers
•Business hours vary with each retail location
•Speak to a ticket agent, view a copy of the venue seating chart, pick up your tickets
•Located at most venues
•Hours of operation vary
•Venues typically sell tickets only for their events.
Third Party Resellers
Ticketsmarche does not guarantee the authenticity of tickets purchased from any third party reseller (such as brokers or individuals).
Ticketsmarche recommends that you purchase tickets directly through Ticketsmarche or from the venue's box office. Authorized Ticketsmarche locations include Ticketsmarche.com, Ticketsmarche call Centers, and Ticketsmarche Retail Locations, Ticketsmarche Partner Websites