What to avoid when purchasing tickets for "To Kill a Mockingbird"
In this section, we outline the common pitfalls you should avoid or at least be aware of when purchasing tickets for "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Avoid overpaying for your seats
It is often the case that the same theater seats will be priced differently on different websites.
Why does this happen? Going to the theater is typically an emotional activity. People don't want to spend hours comparing prices. This kills the fun of it. They just want to see some great acting and singing. But sellers are well aware of this and they will often pay a lot to get to the top of the search results. Then they will try to recoup their advertising costs by charging more (usually by increasing their service fees).
So buying your tickets from the first search result is generally a bad practice and will often result in you paying more for your seats than you would otherwise do with a little research. This is why you should always consult our live price feed above and see what the full ticket market picture is for "To Kill a Mockingbird".
Here is an example. Below is a screenshot of the ticket offers for "To Kill a Mockingbird" for January, 2022 by two of the most popular Broadway ticket websites in the United States - Telecharge and Stubhub. The tickets in the Orchestra Side (row M) will cost you $172 each including the service fees if you buy them from Telecharge. The same ticket offer on Stubhub is $303 per ticket. Almost twice as much!
This screenshot was taken at the time of writing of this post and price may change overtime, but the pattern of large price differences across platforms is always there. So, make sure you consult our price feed in section 2 so that you are always on top of all prices available for this show.
As you make your way to the Shubert Theatre on 44th street, you may notice ticket scalpers working the line of theater goers and trying to sell them tickets. It is illegal for them to sell next to the theater but the reality is that they do it anyway. Sometimes they will sell tickets below the face value and you may score a surprisingly good deal.
But can you trust that they will sell you real tickets?
Believe it or not most of the scalpers are professional brokers selling real tickets. But it can be hard to tell the difference. If you decide to buy from a scalper, the best practice is to hold the money until your tickets are scanned and you can enter the theater. Ask the scalper to walk with you to the entrance and give them the money only after your ticket is scanned and you are ready to enter. This is a pretty standard practice and they will expect some arrangement like this.
Don't just give them the money before you are sure the tickets are real and you can enter. It is not that hard to make fake tickets look like the real deal!
Ticket refunds are notoriously difficult to get for Broadway shows (unless the show is cancelled in which all tickets will be refunded). Most websites will clearly notify you that all purchases are final. So will the box office.
If you purchased your tickets from a resale website (e.g. VividSeats, SeatGeek, StubHub etc.) you are unlikely to receive a refund from the platform. This is because in this case the seller of your ticket is a third party and not the platform directly.
What happens if you buy your seats from the box office directly and want to receive a refund because you can't make it to the show? Although, you are unlikely to receive a cash refund, the theater may agree to post-date your tickets. This means they might agree to re-assign your tickets for a future performance. However, you will likely have little control over the future date and the location of the seats. If this is something that you would like to try call the Shubert box office at (212) 239-6200 and ask the representative to post-date your tickets. They will ask you to read the barcode number on your ticket and provide you with a set of future performances and a selection of available seats.
Note that even if you purchased your seats from a resale platform, you can still try to post-date it at the box office since these tickets were originally purchased from there too.
What if post-dating is not an option? In this case you can list your tickets for resale on one of the resale sites discussed earlier in section 3. Check the average prices for similar tickets and set your ask accordingly.
Buying from classifieds sites
Buying from classifieds sites is a big no-no!
You should never trust the offers listed on classifieds sites like craigslist and others. There are absolutely no safeguards preventing people from posting fake tickets there. And if you get swindled, there is no customer service to try to recoup your money.
You may meet with the seller in person and they may seem trustworthy but there is no way to verify if these tickets are real until you scan them at the theater.
Always purchase from well-established, verified ticket websites. These platforms have many safeguards in place that prevent the possibility of listing fake tickets.