Extra Tickets? StubHub Isn't Your Only Option to Profit

Extra Tickets? StubHub Isn't Your Only Option to Profit

Can't make the show? Whether you bought those tickets months or minutes in advance of an event, using online ticket resellers to offer up your unusable concert or game tickets could potentially get you your money back or even make you a nice profit.

The growing popularity of consumer-to-consumer sales has resulted in a bevy of online ticket platforms. We'll review 10 options for selling your unwanted but valuable tickets.

Online options for selling your tickets

Here's a list of ticket resale platforms with a variety of different characteristics, such as ticket genre, seller-buyer communication and payment methods. Let's see how they stack up.

Stubhub logo
  • Largest number of potential buyers
  • Adjusts its fee structure in real-time to, in many cases, help sell your tickets
  • Recommends list prices for your tickets
  • Offers "Instant Download" option for buyers
  • Has listings for parking passes to events
  • Payment methods: PayPal, check, credit, charity donation
  • Payment arrives within five (PayPal) to 12 (check) business days
Craigslist logo
  • Lack of security on classifieds-style site can result in counterfeiting, or worse
  • Requires communication with potential buyers
  • Events can be large-scale or hyperlocal
  • Difficult for sellers to aggregate ticket prices to same event
  • Payment methods: Negotiable
SeatGeek logo
  • Can add smaller-scale events that may not have listings yet
  • Ability to easily transfer tickets to friends
  • Payment methods: Bank or Venmo account
  • Payment arrives within five business days
Vivid Seats logo
Vivid Seats
  • Specializes in sports
  • Payment methods: PayPal
  • Payment arrives within seven to 10 business days
  • Also caters to professional sellers and corporations (who sell $10,000-plus worth of tickets per year)
Ticketmaster logo
  • Specializes in concerts
  • Only resells tickets purchased on Ticketmaster affiliate sites (LiveNation, NBATickets.com, NFL Ticket Exchange, NFL Ticket Exchange)
  • Close to zero risk of counterfeiting
  • Puts the onus of fees on the buyer
  • Payment methods: Bank account
Viagogo logo
  • International user base: Site has 13 languages and deals in 47 currencies
  • "Last Minute Sales" feature where buyers can collect your tickets near a venue
  • Payment methods: PayPal, bank account
  • Payment arrives within five to eight business days
TicketIQ logo
  • Requires communication with potential buyers
  • Choose among best offers delivered to your inbox
  • Suggests logging in via Facebook; connects buyers and sellers via social media
  • No buyer or seller fees
  • Payment methods: PayPal suggested, but negotiable with the buyer
TicketNetwork logo
  • Shares listings on 400-plus affiliate sites
  • Postings expire and are removed from the site within one week of the event
  • "Declining Price" feature automatically decreases your list price by date
  • Encourages sellers to email its "Pricing Expert" for a recommendation
  • Payment methods: PayPal or check
  • Payment arrives within seven business days
Ticket City logo
Ticket City
  • Connects first- or part-time sellers with professional ticket brokers
  • Best option for seeking guidance on selling, pricing
  • Specializes in sports
  • Has backing of National Association of Ticket Brokers
ebay logo
  • Owns StubHub; unlike its affiliate, allows auction-style pricing (with a "Buy It Now" price option)
  • Offers a detailed guide for novice sellers
  • Payment methods: Paypal, merchant credit card account

How to differentiate online ticket marketplaces

Some convenient features and costs are fairly standard from platform to platform. You can post the same tickets on multiple websites, for instance, without paying a fee to list on any of them. Once you sell the stubs on one site, you can then remove them from all the sites on which you posted them without a penalty.

In some cases, these go-between companies set themselves apart by doing any number of things, from helping you to price your tickets (without being too intrusive) to offering a variety of ways to receive payment. It's a hassle, for example, to sign up for a PayPal account if you're a one-time ticket-seller. It's much easier to have a variety of options (bank account, check, Venmo, et cetera) at your disposal.

Another key difference revolves around the fees applied to sellers and buyers. You may be wondering why the fees matter to you if you're the one selling. Well, consider that a buyer is more likely to purchase your tickets on one platform versus another if the platform itself charges a lower fee to the buyer. As a result, you can creep your asking price up a bit on the lower-fee platform.

As for the company's cut of your sale, non-classifieds-style platforms may charge 10% to 15% of the final price, cutting into your would-be profits.

Seller fees of Stubhub and other ticket sellers

Craigslist, Ticketmaster Verified, ticketiQ and Ticket City
10%StubHub*, Vivid Seats, Viagogo*, TicketNetwork and eBay
*Can vary sale to sale.

Which ticket reseller is best for you?

The top option for you may change depending on your ticket situation. A best-case scenario: You have two tickets for a game or show that you would happily go to but, knowing there's considerable demand for the tickets, you could also imagine having plenty of fun with the money you would earn by selling them. In this case, you're in a win-win situation: List the tickets at a high, market rate. No sale? No problem. Sale, on the other hand, equals success.

Of course, you may find yourself in a less favorable situation. Whatever the case may be, your position (or predicament) can help you find the right online option.

For Concert and Sports Tickets
StubHubYou don't want your lower-bowl NBA season tickets to go to waste.
Stubhub logo
Ticketmaster logo
TicketNetwork logo
Vivid Seats logo
StubHub's size and security gives you the best chance to sell your stubs. Plus, its intuitive interface will help you determine the right price, adjust that price on the go and seamlessly deliver the tickets to your buyer. Oh, and you won't ever have to interact with whoever makes the purchase.

If, on the other hand, you bought your concert passes on Ticketmaster and have more than a week before the show's date, use Ticketmaster's "Verified" reselling initiative to find a buyer there. This will connect you with a buyer like you and increase your profits in the absence of seller fees.

StubHub is also the place for your sports tickets. If you happen to be selling your own season tickets, be sure to include the parking pass, potentially in a separate sale; StubHub is the place for parking passes. To make sure you're not holding onto your stubs after kickoff, also post them on TicketNetwork and Vivid Seats, particularly if they're for a lesser-known college game.

When You Have One Extra Ticket
CraigslistA friend ditches you a few hours before a Mumford & Sons show.
Craiglist logo
The popular online classified-style site is where a quick, last-ditch posting can direct the buyer to meet in front of the venue's marquee, which would alleviate security concerns on your part and counterfeiting concerns on theirs. If, of course, you don't mind sitting next to a stranger.
For Smaller Events
SeatGeek, ticketIQAn up-and-coming pop band is coming to your city but you need help promoting your listing.
SeatGeek logo
ticketIQ logo
Go with SeatGeek and/or ticketiQ, which can help you promote the event amongst your friends and transfer tickets to people easily. The former is Venmo-friendly and the latter encourages social media connecting.
For Events with International Appeal
ViagogoThere's an upcoming "friendly" between U.S., U.K soccer clubs.
Viagogo logo
It caters to many countries, England and other parts of the United Kingdom chief among them. Moreover, the site can be viewed in 13 languages and deals in 47 currencies. It's the most tourist-friendly option.
For High Demand Tickets
Ticket CityYour exceptional web browser timing netted you floor seats to Adele's next show.
Ticket City logo
ebay logo
This is the best first step. Whether you end up selling them to one of their professional ticket brokers or not, the response from a broker should be informative and helpful. (If they're beating down your door, you know it will be worth your time to research true value.) You should also consider creating a bidding war on eBay before posting it for a set amount on any of the other platforms. It's fine to wait to do the latter so that you don't have to reject a potential sale, which can be penalized on some platforms.

Tips for getting rid of your resalable tickets

Buying tickets only for the sake of selling them is common practice for some, but there are obvious risks in getting passes to an event you don't personally have interest in attending. What if you're stuck with them? Amateur and pro ticket brokers invest a lot of time making sure this doesn't happen. Some of their strategies for success:

Using email newsletters, credit card perks, social media alerts and fan club memberships to buy pairs (or even numbers) of tickets for in-demand events that ideally involve audiences who can’t or won’t plan ahead enough to buy the tickets first themselves. The Super Bowl, a game played between two "TBD" teams, months after the fact, is a good example. (Familiarize yourself with state resale laws).

No matter your situation, take these steps when tickets are burning a hole in your pocket:

  • Gauge the value of the tickets by looking at the face value and resale prices
  • See if any of your family, friends or coworkers want to buy them, thus removing all fees from the process
  • Post your tickets on multiple platforms, perhaps listing them at a higher price on lower-fee platforms
  • Reach out to the marketplace’s support staff with questions
  • Promote your listings on social media
  • Consider increasing or decreasing your sale price depending upon supply (how many similar tickets available for sale?) and demand (how much time left before the event starts?)
  • Avoid selling the same tickets twice by removing the tickets from all platforms once a sale is final
  • If you’re reselling tickets frequently, track the data of every sale