StubHub vs. Ebay – Selling Some Extra Tickets

I stupidly bought 8 tickets to the Elton John and Billy Joel concert at Wrigley Field on 7/16.  So, I frantically put 4 tickets for sale on Ebay and 2 tickets for sale on StubHub at around the same price per ticket.  The seat locations are equally as good.  I’m looking forward to seeing what service is most effective in my quest to break even.

As you may know, Ebay bought StubHub a few years back.  Ticket monopoly anyone?!?  But, there’s a major difference in posting experience.  Here’s my feedback so far…

StubHub

Benefits: EASY to list an ad.  It couldn’t be easier.  The entire process took less than 5 minutes.  StubHub is free to list your extra tickets.   Their traffic is very targeted – people looking to buy tickets.  In fact, when trying to get last minute tickets, I ALWAYS go to StubHub to see if there are any ticket holders not trying to rip people off.  If so, I buy from StubHub.  I will never buy tickets from Ebay – shady!

Downside: StubHub charges ridiculous fees to both seller and buyer.  It’s 15% to the seller and a decent clip to the buyer.

Ebay

Benefit: Very cheap upfront fee.  $7.  Done and done.  While I’d have to pay $7 even if the tickets don’t sell, this risk is much better than 15% of the final sales price like StubHub.

Downsides: Nobody buys things on Ebay anymore except for stolen goods, right?  Posting an ad is OBNOXIOUS.  I’m pretty sure the only way you can sell something on Ebay is if you’ve done it before.  Even though I have, the process still took about 10-15 minutes and I almost went crazy double checking everything.

I haven’t got Craiglist desperate yet.  More to come once I get rid of some of these tickets!!!

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