Perks: Notifies you when your favorite events fall into your desired price range; pickup areas at most events are staffed with reps to help if your ticket doesn’t scan; a free app scans the artists in your iTunes library and sends you notices of their upcoming local concerts.
2 of 4ticketsnow.com
Service fee: Typically 15 percent or more of the ticket price.
Perks: Users who join the site’s e-mail list get a promotional offer, such as free shipping or a 5 percent discount on tickets; insurance (which costs 5.6 percent of your total order, plus service fees) guarantees a refund if you can’t make it to an event.
Perks: Offers a 125 percent money-back guarantee or a better seat if a ticket purchased on the site isn’t valid (a risk you take when buying resold tickets); users who sign up for the site’s e-newsletter get $15 off their next purchase.
4 of 4vividtickets.com
Service fee: Typically up to 25 percent of the ticket price.
Perks: Live chat available 24/7 to answer questions; e-mail alerts notify you when your favorite events fall into your desired price range; offers a money-back guarantee or a replacement if a ticket purchased on the site isn’t identical to what was ordered.