Finding cheap NFL tickets without service fees seems like a natural way to save money…
|Schedule of Fees and Charges. The price charged to User's credit
card beyond the price of the individual tickets shall include the
following fees and charges:|
Service Fee: Cost per ticket associated with site operation, customer service center operation, and other costs associated with the fulfill- ment of User's ticket request.
But is it that simple? Can you save that much money just by avoiding those extraneous charges??
How much are service fees? They vary by site, but they’re usually no more than 25% of the ticket price.
Twenty-five percent is a pretty sizeable chunk, so it’s no wonder that so many fans seek out brokers with zero fees. Zero is less than 25%, so it would be safe to assume that no-fee ticket sites would generally have the lower prices, right?
See for yourself - using cheap seat prices of 18 home openers for the 2017 season as the data source, we compared the above sites, plus ticket aggregators TicketIQ and SeatGeek (they themselves do not charge service fees, but pass on the ones from source sites) to 6 brokers* that claim to charge no service fees:
Surprise, surprise… they're basically the same. How can this be? A ticket broker can claim zero fees and still charge you simply by building them into the price of the ticket. Sneaky? Yes. Legal? Apparently.
Of note is the fact that there are 2 broker sites in this study that boast no fees and free shipping, yet their final costs are usually higher than many of the other resellers. In fact, one of these sites had the highest price 8 times (44%). More on that later.
So if NFL tickets without service fees is just a ruse, how do you determine the best sports ticket brokers that will save you money? Find out here.
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