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Sangamon Auditorium: Beware Second Party Ticket Brokers

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If you're someone who frequents concerts and shows, chances are you have purchased tickets online. Lots of times the sites that come up on a Google search for those tickets are being offered from secondary-market brokers (a fancy term for the people who often charge extra to buy the tickets for you.). They serve as largely unnecessary middle men, and you could lose a good chunk of change if you're not careful.

This issue is one that's long been on the radar of Carly Shank who works with the Sangamon Auditorium in Springfield. She joined us for this chat.

You can find a link to a disclaimer about secondary vendors from the Sangamon Auditorium here.Click hereto find out about the Fans First coalition, taking a stand against "unscrupulous scalpers and ticket hustlers."

Here's an example of a secondary-market ticket vendor, with tickets from the Sangamon Auditorium for sale. (Sangamon Auditorium of course suggests that if you buy online, you buy directly from their site, which you can do here.)

Rachel Otwell of the Illinois Times is a former NPR Illinois reporter.
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