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Scalping Tickets for a Cancucks Game

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Scalping Tickets for a Cancucks Game

Greetings:

How hard is it to scalp a ticket for a Cancucks game, assuming I might be able to score a ticket below cost once the game has started--or am I dreaming?....I've looked at Stub Hub and don't have a problem sitting in the upper area as long as I am near center ice, but they are asking $180 for a game in mid-October v. Nashville......do I stand a chance of scoring 1 ticket for below face value midway through the 1st period or am I better off watching the game in a sports bar?.....if I stand a chance, where is the best place or places to try and scalp a ticket?...if not, what are some of the best sports bars in town to watch a game?...I will be staying downtown (Westin Bayshore) and will have a car so it does not necessarily have to be within walking distance from my hotel.

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1. Re: Scalping Tickets for a Cancucks Game

The only comment I can make is that I know if you buy a scalped ticket that turns out to be fake, you're out the money and the game. Best to buy from an official reseller.

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2. Re: Scalping Tickets for a Cancucks Game

Games are all sell outs so few will be available after the game starts. One would expect the price to fall as the game progresses if any are available at all. Leave your car at the Bayshore, especially on a game night. It would be a nuisance. There is an excellent sports bar under 10 minutes by foot from the Bayshore: http://www.mahonyandsons.com/ but sports bars are all over town, most within 30 minutes by foot or a $10 taxi. By the way, the Bayshore has a good waterfront/poolside bar and Carderos 50 paces across the seawall is good too.

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3. Re: Scalping Tickets for a Cancucks Game

Technically all the games are sold out but there always some empty seats. If it's just a single ticket I don't think it would be that hard especially a game against Nashville. As long as the tickets are a hard copy it should be fairly safe, there will be people standing outside scalping tickets. You can always look at Craiglist also.

If you don't find a ticket at the price you want to pay then you can go to the Shark Club on Georgia, a 3 minute walk from Rogers Arena.

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4. Re: Scalping Tickets for a Cancucks Game

ive bought from scalpers many times with no problems, but i dont generally do that anymore.

i think the last time i bought scalpers was when one scalper, who, rather than setting an overall international scalper market trend of downward spiralling scalper ticket prices, rip up his tickets right in front of me rather than sell them at a lower cost once the game had started. ya...d-bag indeed.

ebay is good as i tend to buy from established season ticket holders that have past positive dealings with other people who bought tickets from them...best to meet in person and exchange for hard copy tickets.

Edited: 17 September 2011, 20:07
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5. Re: Scalping Tickets for a Cancucks Game

Hi Elchevere,

Welcome to the VANCOUVER TRAVEL FORUM

BIG Hockey Fan here… so here is some info / advice that might prove helpful…

“Technically” in many cities Scalping (or buying Scalped) Tickets is an Illegal Undertaking… not sure of the Bylaws in Vancouver / Provincial Laws in BC, but it could be similar.

Counterfeit Tickets have become a HUGE problem for National Sports Clubs in recent years… and disappointed, Pee-d Off Fans is the last thing a Sports Franchise wants (any form of bad publicity)… which is why the NHL now sanctions Season Ticket Holders Reselling their tickets thru the NHL Sanctioned Reseller Websites… (info for each Team’s NHL Reseller can be found on the Team’s Website).

Buying direct from the Vancouver Canucks, the local Authorized Distributor (not sure... is it Ticketmaster in Vancouver? Maybe a local can clarify) and the NHL Resellers Website are the ONLY forms of Tickets that are “guaranteed”…

Buying from Classified Ads in a Newspaper, Website or from a Scalper on the street all have potential problems… there are more and more Ticket Counterfeiters at work these days…

We had a case a year or so ago in the OTTAWA TRAVEL FORUM where a Traveller came a long way to catch a Sens Game (and his hometown favourite)… bought a ticket thru other means, only to discover when he went to enter the Arena that it was a FAKE… he wasn’t impressed when he discovered he was out several hundreds of dollars for 2 fake tickets he didn’t buy from a Guaranteed Source.

Hope this is helpful,

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

Edited: 18 September 2011, 05:37
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6. Re: Scalping Tickets for a Cancucks Game

Scalping tickets is 100% legal in BC-no worries there.

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7. Re: Scalping Tickets for a Cancucks Game

For sure there are bogus ticket sellers out there. For me, buying off ebay from folks that have positive feedback for selling the tickets is, in my experience, 100% safe, and i have bought lots of Canucks tickets that way. Going on craigslist or kijiji to get tickets does carry risk as you dont know who you are buyin from. Scalpers out front tend to be way more legit than the craigslist sellers

Edited: 18 September 2011, 16:51
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8. Re: Scalping Tickets for a Cancucks Game

Bought tickets from scalpers out front 5 mins. before a game once. We knew it could be a risk so we asked the scalper to escort us to the ticket booth to verify tickets were good. He did - they were - no problem - Canucks lost though - we cried - boo hoo.

Enjoy the game.

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9. Re: Scalping Tickets for a Cancucks Game

There are some scalpers who are at every sports event, this seems to be their "job". Personally I bought some Lions tickets off a guy from Craiglist last year and it was fine. Like I said as long as it's a hard copy it should be fairly safe.

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10. Re: Scalping Tickets for a Cancucks Game

I should add my intent of scalping is to wait until the game has started then hope to fnd 1 ticket for below face value--not to get in at any cost. Hopefully, I would be able to find 1 ticket for below $100 with a decent sight line....I am willing to wait until the end of the 1st period but if it does not work I am more than comfortable watching the game in a sports bar.