Monday, April 14, 2014

Review: Using ScoreBig to score tickets

Squawker Jon and I are going to see the Mets take on the Los Angeles Dodgers next month, and we'll hopefully see Yasiel Puig at CitiField (as long as he hasn't gotten benched for being a knucklehead, that is!) We have pretty good seats -- field level silver box tickets along the left field side, not just with a good view of the action, but a close proximity to Shake Shack!

We got the tickets courtesy of a new ticket company called ScoreBig, who asked us to test out their services. If you have ever used Priceline, you may have a sense of how ScoreBig works. The company offers sporting events, concerts, and theater seats with its service. Seats for an event are ranked by starred levels -- one-star seats will be the cheapest, and with the fewest amenities, while five-star seats will be the top seats. Depending upon the event, there may also be specific listings for suites and other specific areas. While you do not get to pick the actual seats or section you are in, you get to see a map for each starred level which lets you know where your seats may be located.

And much like Priceline, you make a bid on how much you are willing to spend, and learn instantly whether your bid will be accepted or not. You don't want to bid too high, or too low, on your tickets. Think about what you are willing to spend on the tickets, and what you think would be a good deal for the type of seats.

Needless to say, the more popular the events, the more you might potentially have to pay -- Subway Series tickets are at a premium. But there are plenty of tickets available for those on a budget as well.

Jon and I put in a bid for $50 a ticket for 3-star seats at CitiField, and got the field level seats. What's more, we instantly got a rebate on the tickets after our offer was accepted, which means that the tickets actually cost under $45! Sweet!

Anyhow, if you want to check out ScoreBig for yourself, click here.

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