Going to concerts is one of my favorite things to do. There’s nothing like seeing your favorite bands and artists perform live on stage. But let’s be honest – concert tickets can be crazy expensive. That’s why I’ve perfected the art of snagging last-minute deals on tickets by waiting until the day of the show to buy them.
I know it sounds risky to some people. Many friends think I’m crazy when I tell them my strategy. They start planning which shows to go to months in advance and buy tickets as soon as they go on sale. Not me! I’ve scored incredible bargains and had some of the best concert experiences by embracing the spontaneity of buying tickets on the day of.
Here’s why I love it:
First, prices always drop drastically on secondary resale sites leading up to the concert date. Sites like StubHub, 4tix.com, SeatGeek, Ticketmaster and even Barrystickets.com, offer last-minute ticket deals. Someone always needs help to make the show or is trying to sell extra tickets they have. As showtime gets closer, sellers get more eager to unload their tickets. More supply + lower demand = bargain prices! I’ve bought $80 tickets for $20 this way.
Second, you can score fantastic seat upgrades on the concert day. When people have last-minute emergencies or changes of plans, they often have no choice but to dump their tickets for cheap. This means primo seats that were out of my price range suddenly became affordable! Why spend $250 to sit far back when I can get 10th-row seats for $100 a day instead?
Third, it helps me be more selective with the shows I attend. Since I’m not locked into tickets I bought months ago, I can make a more informed decision on the actual day based on my schedule, mood, etc. If I’m not feeling the concert vibe when the day arrives, I don’t buy tickets! No wasting money or forcing myself to go to shows when I’m not super into it.
Finally, the thrill of waiting until the last minute is half the fun! There’s an exciting rush when navigating different resale sites and hunting for the best deals on the day of an event. IT FEELS LIKE A BIG WIN when I score a fantastic bargain. Being strategic with my concert budget means I can also experience more live shows.
Of course, I understand why some people would plan and buy peace of mind instead. But that takes some spontaneity and serendipity out of the experience for me. I love letting the universe surprise me with rock-bottom prices so I can enjoy epic concerts on a budget.
For those who want to try out this last minute ticket buying strategy, here are my top tips:
– Check secondary market ticket sites constantly in the 12 hours leading up to showtime – prices fluctuate significantly.
– Sort search results by lowest price first to find the best deals.
– Avoid fake ticket scams using trusted resellers like StubHub or from venue sites.
– Be flexible on seat location – you can find affordable seats if you are not fixated on one section.
– Use a ticket price tracking tool to swoop in at the right low price moment.
– Bring a fully charged phone to complete mobile ticket transfers and scan your QR codes.
– Arrive early in case of any issues – Customer support can help if needed.
So embrace the fun and savings of buying concert tickets at the last minute! It makes for an exciting and affordable experience if you’re strategically finding deals. Stop planning every show so far in advance. You could be rocking out for cheap by waiting until the day of!