Here’s how scalpers can rip you off if you buy paper tickets from them on the street outside AT&T Park (or anywhere else that you buy a paper ticket from a stranger):
1. They buy a legitimate paper ticket, then sell it on StubHub, which transfers the ticket electronically. The paper ticket is now worthless, despite all the beautiful Giants logos and bar code. It is in fact an original Giants printed ticket… but all of its value has been transferred.
2. They show you the (beautiful) worthless paper ticket and you give them cash. When you bring your ticket to the ballpark the ticket-takers scan the bar code printed on the paper ticket and tell you it’s dead and you can’t come in.
Most of the scalpers you see are selling live tickets, but there are crooks mixed in and there will be no easy clues to tell the crooks from the scalpers whose tickets are valid.
Shouldn’t the credit card registered with StubHub keep this plan from working? It should, yet we see people with dead tickets in line in front of us as we arrive at the turnstiles at AT&T Park a couple of times each year.
When we left the 2010 All Star Game in Anaheim we passed two people who were victims of a double-sale there, one of the most intensely supervised games in Baseball.
The scam is also present on Craigslist, and we’ve seen various online tales of woe when people could not get into the ballpark.
We use the Giants’ own Ticket Relay system to deliver to people who buy our spare season tickets, which is the team’s official electronic record of the ticket owner and ensures that the ticket rights go to you.
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