COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The World Series starts Tuesday, and with two teams playing that rarely make it to the championship, ticket prices are expensive.
Tickets for the games in Cleveland start at more than $700 and go up to several thousand dollars. Tickets for the Chicago games are twice as expensive.
“It’s pretty frantic, actually,” said Jamie Kaufman, president of Dream Seats, Inc., a ticket agency in Grandview. “I think people have been waiting for this for a long time.”
Kaufman, who owns Dream Seats with his brother Brian, said he is a Cleveland fan but originally from Chicago, so he roots for both teams. The brokers are selling tickets to the World Series, but they’re not the only ones.
“There will be plenty of people, unfortunately, that don’t get in the game, because they’re going to buy them from a Craigslister possibly,” Kaufman said.
There are tons of posts on sites like Craigslist. Some of them are legitimate. One poster from Cleveland told NBC4 via phone that he is selling tickets worth about $300 for five or six times that much and making thousands of dollars in profits.
But some posts are not what they seem.
“A majority of these tickets are electronic tickets that you can print out,” Kaufman said. “The downfall to that is you can just print out as many as you want. Only one is going to get in.”
While there are some hard copy tickets out there, those can also be problematic.
“When those get sold on one of the sites out there that Major League Baseball contracts with as their official re-selling sites, those barcodes get sold off of there, a new ticket’s created, but the person, the original purchaser, retains that hard ticket,” Kaufman said. “He can go and resell that voided ticket then, once he has sold his other tickets.”
People buying tickets are encouraged to buy from other people they know or from a reputable company and to use a credit card if possible, rather than cash.
“If they’re just going to buy from some random person on the other end of the computer that they meet in the parking lot of McDonald’s, it’s probably not a good idea,” Kaufman said.