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How can we stop ticket brokers from stealing our tickets!? Answered

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Grathio (author)2010-02-10

I'm a little unclear on the question.  Do you mean they're stealing the actual unsold tickets?  That's a standard security problem that a lock and key can solve.

If they're counterfeiting your tickets you need to use tickets that are harder to counterfeit.   There are a number of services that will print custom event tickets with foil, holograms, watermarks, and other things that are hard to counterfeit. Just Google "Security ticket printing" and you'll find tons of services.

If they're scalping them (Reselling at a profit) then it's harder to stop.  A first step would be to not sell tickets in blocks of more than 8 or so, and check the names and credit card numbers before making a sale to keep the same people from buying enough to scalp.

A more extreme option is to print the customer's name on each ticket and require matching ID.  This will probably require more labor on your part, and may be difficult, especially if your events have kids with tickets.  However I know a few small venues who do it this way.  One place just uses common raffle tickets, but they take your name and the ticket number when they sell you a ticket and they check it at the door.  If you don't match, you don't get in.

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lemonie (author)2010-02-10

Use them as toilet-paper? It'd probably work whether you flushed them or not...

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frollard (author)2010-02-10

They thrive because there is a market that will pay them for their services.  If you don't support the market, the broker will go out of business.  They luckily have a niche; a captive market - like drugs - that you don't have much option to NOT go to them.  Life sucks.

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acidbass (author)2010-02-10

if its electronic better security paper better security traffic just pay them

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seandogue (author)2010-02-10

Stop producing or buying tickets.

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RavingMadStudios (author)2010-02-10

What kind of tickets are they (paper, electronic, traffic, etc) and how are they being stolen? Are these tickets that you intend to sell to other people, or tickets that you bought from someone else for your own use?

A little information goes a long way.

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Re-design (author)2010-02-10

Lock up the tickets when no one's protecting them.
Maybe the ticket brokers have someone on the inside.

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