With Oilers tickets being one of the hottest commodities in Edmonton, you want to make sure you don’t end up getting burnt.
The Better Business Bureau’s Ron Mycholuk explained the scams are going to happen.
“We see it whenever there’s a big event, there’s a big concert, there’s a big show, whatever the case may be,” said Mycholuk. “It’s not a matter of ‘if,’ it’s a matter of ‘when,’ and that’ll increase with… the Oilers going further into the playoffs”
Mycholuk said your best bet is to buy from a registered ticket reseller.
“I know sometimes there’s a markup… but when you’re using something like Ticketmaster, or you’re going through the Oilers website, and your using resources in that way, and they’re reselling you the ticket, there’s some verification there. If it’s a Ticketmaster verified product, there’s a recourse if the tickets aren’t there.”
If you do end up buying third party, he says you can verify a ticket by checking its number with the Oilers, though that won’t help you if a scammer is trying to sell a duplicate ticket.
As a last resort, he suggests maybe pulling out your Visa or MasterCard to buy third party, as many credit card companies offer dispute resolutions giving you a bit more protection.
Ticket reseller StubHub report the Oilers are the second hottest team for playoff tickets in Canada, and fourth overall in the NHL.