By Anna Marketti

You’ve just found out your favorite band is touring—and they’re coming to a town near you!

Of course, you want to go, but should you spend that $75 on a ticket, or should you use that money for gas, clothes or pizza? There has to be an alternative plan for the die-hard fans out there who can’t afford weekend after weekend of face-value ticket-buying.

Luckily for you, there are several. We checked them out to get the skinny on paying less for concert tickets.

Ticketface’s claim to fame is that you can bid on tickets; the highest bidder naturally wins the tickets. Junior Ted Brockly of Homewood-Flossmoor has his qualms about the process. “I don’t like bidding,” says Brockly, “but I guess it works, because it has the possibility of being cheaper than getting the tickets through another site.” Bidding isn’t the only way to snag those must-have stubs, however. On Ticketface, users can also win tickets by participating in contests sponsored by the site itself.

StubHub is a sort of eBay for concert, theater and sports tickets. On StubHub, users can not only buy but also sell tickets. According to Stub Hub’s website, the company charges the buyer 10 percent and the seller 15 percent of the sale price. Buyers also pay between $4.95 and $5.20 for electronic tickets. “It works fine,” says Homewood-Flossmoor junior Maddie Bouchie. “You just go on it, and you find out where the tickets are.” You can search for your tickets by category and find a variety of prices and seating locations. “If it’s for a sold-out show, they sell for more than face value,” Bouchie said. “If it’s for a normal show, [the price] is less than face value.” StubHub also guarantees tickets will be on time and authentic, its site says. “They sent me the wrong tickets,” Bouchie says, “but since they have a guarantee, they sent me the right ones with no problems.”

Can’t find the band you want to see on either of these websites? Have no fear, ticketfly.com is here! Ticketfly is great for those low-key bands that your next-door neighbor hasn’t heard of yet.
“It was pretty easy to use,” says David Abramov, a junior at Homewood-Flossmoor. “The fees weren’t as much as straight off of [Ticketmaster].” Some prices listed on Ticketfly have been as low as $10. Abramov adds, “It’s simple. Simpler than Ticketmaster, because [on Ticketmaster] you have to go through 20 pages and wait. On Ticketfly, you just click and buy.” If your band is still “underground,” check out Ticketfly to see if you can find tickets.

They claim to have tickets for events that are sold out, so you’d better get there quickly if you want some.  “It’s right there in the name of the site! All of the tickets are cheap, and who wouldn’t want to go to a website that has tickets for half the price of normal priced tickets?” says junior Kyrie Courter from ChiArts. “It’s really simple to use,” she says. “All you need to do is click on the header that interests you, and you can find whatever you need.”

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