The Atlanta Braves are headed to the playoffs and, thanks to their first division title in years, will avoid the pain of last year’s one-game wildcard series.
The opponent, dates and times for home games in the upcoming five-game series are all still up in the air and, as of Wednesday, a decent number of tickets remained on the Braves’ official site. The Better Business Bureau, though, wants to make sure postseason ticket seekers don’t fall prey to second-hand sellers playing their own games.
Keep in mind that secondhand tickets may be expensive, but make sure to take the following precautions, as prescribed by the BBB:
— If you need to buy on the secondary market, try to by from a reseller authorized by the original ticket seller, the venue or the promoter. In the Braves’ case, that’s StubHub.com — Major League Baseball’s “official fan to fan ticket marketplace.” Tickets purchased here are guaranteed, and your credit card or PayPal information isn’t exposed to the seller.
StubHub isn’t a BBB accredited business, but has an A+ rating.
— Pay with a credit card whenever possible. This enables you to challenge charges later, if need be.
— Be especially cautious of scalpers outside the venue and examine tickets closely. Many tickets originally purchased online can be printed out and are pretty simple looking — look for signs the tickets may have been copied or otherwise faked; be wary of smeared print or uneven margins.
— If buying tickets in other online forums like Craigslist, ask for a picture of the tickets and verify it using the venue’s seating chart. Get the seller’s real name and contact information, as well as a receipt.
— Never wire money or use pre-loaded cards to purchase tickets.
— If you do fall victim to false tickets, be aware that the sale may have been just the tip of the iceberg — identity thieves are creative.
Tickets can be purchased from the Braves’ official site at AtlantaBraves.com.