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Not everyone is an avid concertgoer interested in the fan hype, nor is everyone able to take advantage of rewards programs and other benefits some concert ticket services offer. Sometimes, the only thing that matters is getting the best price for the best seat. When that's the case, comparison-shopping is the way to go. With dozens of websites to explore, nearly all of which offer similar tickets but at different prices and with different service fees, it can be time consuming to find the best price…and that lost time could cost you the tickets you want.

SeatGeek offers a solution. This free service is essentially a search engine that examines the top secondary ticket market websites for the concerts you are interested in and displays the ticket deals it finds. It works only with reputable concert ticket services that guarantee their tickets. You actually purchase those tickets from the selling service, not SeatGeek. (SeatGeek makes its money from those services, which kick back a little of the purchase amount in appreciation of the referral.)

This aggregate search website lets you seek tickets by concert, area or venue, and the venue maps are interactive in case you know the section where you'd like to sit. SeatGeek then compares concert tickets and assigns them a value score. Amazing deals score over 88; great deals, over 68; and good deals, over 50. Okay and so-so deals are 40 to 50 and 30 to 40, respectively. Bad deals in red scored less than 30 while the awful deals earned fewer than 15 points. Some prices don't rate a score because the SeatGeek program can't make sense of some of the information, such as if someone posted a seat location in a non-standard format for that venue. Those could still be good deals, however.

SeatGeek says the scores are determined based on a matrix it is "always tinkering with to make better. Some of the factors that influence Deal Score are: historical ticket prices for the performer and the venue, the row location, the expected sightline from the section and the quality of the other available tickets for the event." It grades on ticket value as much as price. Therefore, SeatGeek doesn't look only for the cheap concert tickets; it also takes into account that a cheap seat in the back with a pillar in the way isn't as great a deal as a slightly more expensive seat closer in with a great view of the band.

The ticket prices you see are those listed by the selling website and include each company's fees. What you see on SeatGeek should be what you pay when it redirects you to that concert ticket website's checkout.

This service searches for international events as well, and if you are out of town – or out on the town – and decide to catch a concert (or a show or a game), you can use the SeatGeek app to find the best prices.

There are reasons to look at specific concert ticket websites. Some have additional features and rewards programs for frequent event attendees that can save money and time overall. However, if you want to buy concert tickets and want to find the cheapest and best seats, SeatGeek can do the legwork for you.

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