By Christopher O’Riordan
If you missed out on UEFA’s recent Euro 2016 ticket distribution, going down an alternative route could prove costly. News broke recently of unofficial ticket resellers charging enormous mark-ups, as high as €3,598 for the top seats.
While UEFA’s official resale platform will open for business next month, not everyone will be successful. Particularly if you’re buying your tickets online from ticket resellers or a private seller, there are some steps you should take to protect yourself from a potentially dodgy purchase.
The best way to ensure you won’t be turned away at the gates in France this summer is to buy via the official UEFA reselling site. Opening in March, it’ll offer fans a secure way to purchase their tickets.
If you’re going via the reseller route, do your homework. Research companies online, particularly on forums – you could come across someone with a good or bad experience.
No to cash
If you’re buying in person, avoid paying in cash. Always create a paper trail that could come in handy later on – if you fall foul of a dodgy seller, you’ve got a better chance of getting your money back. If you purchase from a private seller, however, be aware that you won’t have any opportunity for redress.
If you can, examine the tickets in person to determine if they’re authentic, and ask if they were purchased from UEFA. Don’t forget to bring someone with you – just in case.
If you’re worried about using a credit or debit card instead of cash, consider getting a 3V card instead. A safer way to pay online, you can purchase a voucher with a disposable VISA number, and avoid sharing any personal financial information. If you pay via PayPal, you’ll be able to take advantage of their buyer protection policies in the event of a problem.
If you’re not collecting your tickets in person, consider giving a different address. Services like Parcel Motel are a great way of keeping your personal information out of the wrong hands.