Getting the call from me is half the battle. Now that you know there are tickets available, what do you do? First thing is to get onto the ticket vendor's website or call into their system, NOW. Ticket drops are typically short lived. When you get the call you may only have a few minutes to get tickets. Some drops have lasted for hours. In some instances tickets have only been available through the phone system and you may need to get to a live operator. They have the best access to tickets. Be very nice to them. One of the main keys to being successful getting tickets is to be persistent. Don't give up looking for tickets after a few minutes. When a drop happens, some people will grab whatever they can, put them in their virtual cart and then continue to keep looking. Tickets can be held and not bought for about 10 minutes if they are careful how they do it. If those tickets are not purchased, the cart expires and the tickets are put back into the pool and made available again. This could be 15 minutes after they were initially picked up. Now just suppose those same tickets are picked up by someone else and they do the same thing with the virtual cart. Now the tickets are tied up for 30 minutes and then released. If you gave up after 5 or ten minutes, you have missed an opportunity for the tickets you desire. Also, if someone unwittingly purchases more than allowed on their credit card, the computer may pick it up and release those tickets.
Persistent: 1. persisting, especially in spite of opposition, obstacles, discouragement, etc.; persevering: a most annoyingly persistent young man.
Be prepared for the call: As soon as you decide that you want to go see Bruce and the band, you should have a couple things programmed and ready to go: *Program the ticket vendor's phone number into your cell phone. Make certain which vendor is selling tickets for your venue. *Create a shortcut to the event at the ticketing website. *Program the two numbers I will send you into your phone. One is for the system that will call you. Call it DROP CALL. The other is my number. Call me if you see or hear of a drop, so I can alert others on the list. We all help each other and frankly calls from subscribers is what makes this all work. *Have a seating chart handy. Either in your pocket or online. Or know the sections for the venue you are buying. A chart helps because if you confuse two venues, section 101 may be awesome for one and terrible for another. If you can, use a multi-attempt approach. Get on the phone and get online to try for tickets. If you have two different browsers, get them both going and try from both. As soon as you get a positive response and/or tickets displayed, concentrate on finalizing the purchase. Don't get distracted by continuing to try for tickets using other methods. You may outsmart yourself right out of the tickets you have. My message will sometimes indicate sections available and for which shows on that stand. If it is a stand with more than one show, and I say tickets are available for one night and you are interested in another, check anyway. Many times tickets will be dropped for more than one show at a time. Another part of the preparation is deciding ahead of time where you will or will not sit. Set your own threshold. If GA are all that you want, only search for GA. If you know you will only be happy in the sections next to the stage in the lower bowl of an arena and anything else comes up, throw them back and continue to look. You do not want to waste precious time deciding when they are on your screen. How many to buy? Well, how many do you need? It is not always that simple. Have you bought before and may possibly go over your limit for that venue? Another thing to consider is this. The number of tickets you attempt to buy is directly related to the difficulty in finding that many together. One is easiest and anything more than two is usually much more difficult. Understand that if you choose to buy four together, the computer will only display success IF there are four in a row. As it gets closer to show date/time, the number of multiple tickets you can secure gets less and less. If you need a pair together, go for two. You can also buy two singles and when you get into the show, go to the worse of the two seats and offer someone in the area a free upgrade and trade your better seat with them. I have done this several times so my wife and I can sit together. It has never been an issue. This may be risky if you are bringing a child and you must sit together. I use this method for GA tickets. Since there are no seats, they do not need to be purchased at the same time for you to be together. Go for single GA tickets and buy what you need. Of course, you do run the risk of not getting all that you need. You have to weigh that risk.