SeatGeek vs. StubHub vs. ScoreBig vs. TicketsNow vs. VividSeats – Fees & Comparison
SeatGeek is the clear winner for best prices and selection versus StubHub, TicketLiquidator, Ticketmaster and the other options listed below. None of the sites listed below are “risky,” unlike Craigslist, and should all be trusted to deliver the tickets that you are purchasing. One of the reasons we prefer SeatGeek is because it has the lowest and most transparent fees.
SeatGeek is a ticket aggregator (think Orbitz for tickets) that shows you all of the tickets available from other ticket resellers. SeatGeek tends to have the best deals, and they have transparent pricing, so you don't have to worry about checkout fees.
StubHub, owned by eBay, is the most prominent peer to peer reseller but they add significant fees when you checkout so beware. Stubhub has the most inventory of any reseller, but it doesn't always have the best deals because of its fees.
Before buying from a ticket reseller, I always recommend checking the box office (usually Ticketmaster) to see if there are any tickets available because they tend to be cheaper if the event isn't sold out.
TicketLiquidator has a substantial inventory of tickets and should always be referenced when you're comparing prices between different sites. They add a $7.95 fee when you check out.
TicketsNow, a partner of Ticketmaster, tends to have great deals and should always be referenced when you're looking at ticket prices. Note that the prices don't include a small fee that gets tacked on at the end.
The site is very poorly built and has decent fees, and you're better off buying your tickets on SeatGeek, StubHub or one of the other recommend sites.
ScoreBig is a company that sells unsold box office inventory at discount prices. There are two major problems with ScoreBig though:
- They don't have tickets for every event
- Events with unsold inventory that are listed on ScoreBig tend to have very low second market value, so better prices are almost always available on SeatGeek, StubHub, or TicketLiquidator
Your best bet is to use SeatGeek because it tends to have the best prices, the largest inventory of tickets, and the lowest fees.