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Red Sox World Series tickets top Cardinals'

Posted by Mitch Lipka  October 23, 2013 10:50 AM

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series logo.jpegIf you're still looking for World Series tickets, you can get them if you're willing to pay -- and pay a lot more to be at a game at Fenway Park instead of St. Louis' Busch Stadium.

The average per ticket price from resellers to go to the 2013 World Series is $1,520 in Boston and $963 in St. Louis, according to the ticket aggregator TiqIQ, which compiles prices from a variety of sites.

The highest priced ticket available as of Tuesday was a row A1 dugout box at Fenway for $13,200. The cheapest: $375. The average ticket price is already soaring for a potential game 7, with an average asking price of $1,852.

Part of the reason for the price disparity is the Cardinals' success in recent years. St. Louis has has been in the National League Championship Series for three consecutive years, while the Red Sox haven't been in the playoff since 2009, said Chris Matcovich of TiqIQ.

Also, because the Sox came into the season with a projection of being also-rans, more tickets ended up in the hands of ticket brokers, whose sole motive is to profit from selling tickets. Unlike regular ticket owners who can try to command a price and then go to the game if they don't get what they want, the brokers have to sell their tickets and will charge what the market will bear.

Because of the demand for tickets, the chance of getting a phony ticket is heightened.

“Scammers use these opportunities to lure consumers into purchasing counterfeit tickets or booking hotel rooms that don’t exist," local Better Business Bureau Vice President Paula Fleming said.


Here are some tips from the BBB that could help filter the real from the fake:

  • Start your search with trust. Know the name, address and phone number of the business you are considering making a purchase from. Check out the business at bbb.org to make sure that it is legitimate.
  • Be sure to get the details in writing; this includes the price of the tickets, location of the seats, cancellation policies and any other important information. If booking a hotel room, check the hotel’s website or a well-known travel site to be sure the hotel is legitimate.
  • If you are uncertain about an online deal for a hotel room, call the hotel directly to verify.
  • Use a credit card or PayPal when making a purchase online as the charges are more secure and easiest to dispute if a problem arises.
  • When buying tickets online, ask for a picture of the tickets and verify them using the venue’s seating chart. Get the seller’s real name and contact information.
  • If you buy from an online seller, be sure you take the necessary precautions to ensure you are not being sold fraudulent tickets.

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Mitch Lipka is one of America's leading consumer journalists and advocates. He is an expert in product safety, recalls, scams, and helping consumers get out of jams. He is a nationally known consumer columnist and runs TheConsumerChronicle.com. He lives in Worcester. You can find him on Facebook or reach him at ConsumerNews@Aol.com

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