Sunday, May 11, 2008

Can you spot a counterfeit ticket?

A little more than a week ago, a good friend of mine was in New York, right about when the Rangers were being thumped in the second round by the Penguins. On the day of Game 4, with New York trailing 3-0 in the series, he headed to Madison Square Garden to try and find a deal on a ticket.

Waiting until the first period was more than half over, he asked a scalper if there were any discounted tickets. Could he and a friend get in the building for the final 40 minutes or so for $100?

This is one of the tickets he was sold:
The headline gives it away, but my pal didn't end up seeing 40 minutes of hockey at MSG that day. The tickets wouldn't scan at the front, they couldn't get in.

All $100 bought him was two bogus tickets, a decent story and an entry on this blog.



At 6:13 p.m., May 11, 2008, Anonymous pete said...

You forgot to mention the best part -- that the back of that ticket comes with a standard "unauthorized use of this ticket blah blah blah don't buy from scalpers blah blah blah" disclaimer.

Now THAT is attention to detail!

Oh, New York. I'm just some bumpkin who fell of the turnip truck from Toronto, I guess..

At 7:34 p.m., May 11, 2008, Blogger twoeightnine said...

The biggest problem is that there is no standard ticket on any given night. I've been to Sabres and Bills games and seen anywhere from 3-6 different styles of tickets for one game.

At 10:42 p.m., May 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So for the several hundred dollars teams charge for playoff tickets they can't work in a little security feature that, I dunno, protects unsuspecting fans as well as the team? I mean, a $20 bill costs what, five cents to print, and it has as many security features as my PC.

At 12:59 p.m., May 12, 2008, Blogger Scotty Hockey said...

To be honest, I haven't heard from anyone who approached a scalper outside of the Garden who actually got a real ticket for anything. I had a friend get hung for 500 bucks for two tickets to Syracuse basketball.

For future reference, if you get there early enough, there is a small line that usually forms on the right side of the breezeway where people can get the tickets that had been reserved but never sold or held but never given away at the box office. They usually become available for face value about five, 10 minutes before puck drop. That is your best bet, but beyond that, trolling local bars sometimes helps too - at the least you get drunk while looking for the tickets and can still see the game.

At 1:19 p.m., May 12, 2008, Anonymous Fred Salas said...

James, let me send you a copy of my book.

Counterfeit Tickets..."regardless of how small the fonts are on the back of the ticket, the printing is RAZOR sharp. You just can't get that type of reprinting from a home computer." Additionally, did those tickets pass the smudge test on the back? Most commercial printing will not smudge when moist.


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