Astroworld Festival SOLD OUT: The Best Way to Buy (and Sell) Tickets Online Without Getting Scammed

Photographer:  Julian Bajsel

Photographer: Julian Bajsel

Astroworld Festival (What is it?):

First off… Astroworld was lit. 🔥 And I wasn’t even there for a good chunk of the festival. If you’re not familiar with Astroworld… Travis Scott came out with an album called Astroworld, but along with it came a new music festival held in Houston (where he’s from) across the street from where Six Flags AstroWorld (the theme park) used to be before they demolished it. A big reason for this is because of how much of a role AstroWorld (the theme park) served apart of the creative inspiration for this album.

Photographer:  Kirby Gladstein

Photographer: Kirby Gladstein

Travis Scott and his team was not playing any games with this one. The festival included over 35 food vendors (like The Waffle Bus, Peli Peli, Frenchy’s, Shipley’s Donuts, etc.), theme park rides (which makes sense - hello), games, and of course… music artists. The headliners were all Hip-Hop/Rap focused, names like Lil’ Wayne, Rae Sremmurd, all the Houston All-Stars (think Trae, Paul Wall, Bun B, etc.), Post Malone, etc. And of course, good vibes.

Photographer:  Ab Gonzalezz

Photographer: Ab Gonzalezz

The Best Way to Buy (and Sell) Tickets Online:

It was on the news that a some people fell victim to ticket scams trying to get a ticket to go the Astroworld festival to see Travis Scott (and many others). It’s worth noting, these scams were through third parties on other platforms like Craigslist, OfferUp, or Facebook. Not through the actual festival host platform, Front Gate Tickets. If you’re wondering about Vivid Seats or StubHub, the only thing I noticed was their prices were much higher compared to the others.

Seeing this story and the amount of scam posts I came across myself when trying to buy my own ticket after the festival sold out, I thought it would be a good idea to share insights I’ve come across based on personal experiences and observations to give people some tips on the best way to buy (and sell) tickets online. However, this post will be more focused on the buyer. Because it sucks to get scammed and it really sucks going into that situation not knowing how to protect yourself, what to look for, and ways to make the buying experience much smoother. As a seller, you should get into the mind of the buyer - so this can still be beneficial for you.

It’s hard enough as it is to buy/sell an electronic ticket because it can easily be redistributed unlike physical tickets from the box office. So make it easy on yourself with the following tips to help you out…

1. Keep Calm and Stay Level:

When you’re rushing to buy (or sell) a ticket, you make stupid decisions when you get desperate. You miss out on money and you ignore warning signs of a potential scam. It’s just not a good way to operate in these scenarios. Not to mention, scammers like to use time as leverage to pressure you into buying a fake ticket. It’s the same tactic used for limited edition releases, scarcity creates demand.

2. Scope Out the Market for Prices (and Scam Warnings):

This will give you a feel of what people are pricing their tickets at, whether you’re buying or selling. If you’re buying, you’ll sometimes come across good samaritans who will share screenshots and information of people who are scammers.

3. Screenshots Are Your friend:

Beware of photoshopped photos - small imperfections like unaligned paragraphs and different text styles can be flags to a fake photo.

Beware of photoshopped photos - small imperfections like unaligned paragraphs and different text styles can be flags to a fake photo.

If you’re buying, you’ll want to ask for screenshots of a confirmation and ID of some sort so you can connect them together. One thing that typically happens is people like to use Ticketmaster’s ticket transfer feature, ask the person to send a screenshot of the transfer screen with your information in it to make sure they even have the ticket. Does the phone number, email, or name of the person you’re dealing with match any of the ticket confirmation screenshots they sent? This helps you connect to see if it is the person. Are they sending your a screenshot of an Eventbrite confirmation when actual tickets weren’t even sold through Eventbrite? These are things to look for when trying to figure out if someone is legit or not.

If you’re selling a ticket, don’t repost a picture of a confirmation someone else had posted - that’s sketchy. And if you’re uncomfortable sending confirmations because of information being on there, scratch it out using a photo app or program.

4. Use Pay Apps that Offer Buyer Protection:

For instance, if you’re the buyer… using things like Cash App, Zelle, Google Pay, Venmo, etc. None of those apps offer any type of protection if you send money to someone who is scamming you, because in order to get a refund - the person who you sent the money to has to voluntarily send that money back to you. There’s a 99.999% chance that’s not happening if someone has the intent to scam you out of your money and your ticket to Astroworld. I’d recommend PayPal, since it offers protection on purchases made through the business option (but only confirm the payment once you’ve got your goods). If you use the family & friends option, then you won’t be covered that way because in their eyes - there is no need to protect you from family and friends. The seller may not get their money instantly like the other money transfer apps, but the buyer is more likely to buy a ticket from you.

5. Check for A Digital Footprint:

People sell tickets on Facebook via the event invites and one thin you’ll want to look at is their profile. Do they have any mutual friends? Is the profile active? Have all the photos you’ve seen been added on the same day? If you can’t see their profile, ask them to add you just so you can verify if they’re legit. As someone who is selling, you need to be willing to show you’re legit - if not, you will have a harder time (not impossible) selling your ticket.

6. Constant Excuses and Dodged to Questions Are A No Go:

If you’re a buyer, and someone you’re dealing with has one million and one reasons why they cannot verify, share, or comply with any of your scam tests - that in itself is a sign you could be dealing with someone who is not legit….
“I can’t add you as a friend because I have too many friends.”
”I can’t meet up in person because I’m at work/out of town.”
”I don’t have PayPal.”
Even though these are all legit reasons, to have a reason for every single thing you look at to help scope out the situations is just ridiculous. Sometimes it won’t even be an excuse, if you ask for a screenshot of the Ticketmaster ticket transfer screen and you get a screenshot of an email confirmation instead - that is just dodging the question all together. If someone is willing to work with you to show you they’re a serious seller, you will know because they’re willing to cooperate.

In the end, buying and selling electronic concert tickets online is always risky business (mainly for the buyer). But at least now you have some tools to better equip you to deal with it. Hope you found these tips on the best way to buy (and sell) tickets online helpful! 🖤


Name *