LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) --
With baseball season now in full swing and Major League Baseball games in neighboring states, this Rip-Off Alert is a reminder to be sure your tickets are the real deal.
Buying on the secondary market can be useful for non-season ticket holders, occasional fans or those making a last-minute decision to head to the ball park. But how do you know if the tickets are real?
The Better Business Bureau
asked the National Association of Ticket Brokers
, a group whose members offer a 200 percent guarantee on tickets that don't arrive in time for a game, concert or show. NATB says buying from one of their authorized ticket brokers is the safest way to purchase resale tickets for Major League Baseball.
BBB and NATB offer the following tips for safe ticket purchasing:Check out
the seller/broker. Look them up on the BBB website
and check to see if they are a member of the NATB.Know the difference
between a ticket broker (legitimate and accredited re-seller) and a ticket scalper (unregulated and unlicensed ticket seller).
Check the ticket broker's refund policy
. Only buy from a ticket re-seller that provides clear details about the terms of the transaction.Always
use a credit card so you have some recourse; never use cash.
Always ask for section, row and seat number
to avoid obstructed view seats or seats that do not exist.
Feel free to ask questions
to make certain you get all the answers you need to feel comfortable with your ticket purchase.
If you believe you have purchased a counterfeit ticket, immediately report it to the NATB's hotline at (630) 510-4594.