DON'T GET RIPPED OFF
ON RACE TICKETS
This page offers a few suggestions and methods  to
avoid con-artists and robbers  when you try to buy
race tickets.

Obviously you do not have anything to worry about if
you buy your tickets from the race track itself.
However, you cannot get great seats to the Indy 500
from the speedway because they are all sold out
each year by people who get to renew them each
year.

It is unlikely you will have any trouble if you buy from
a ticket broker or an intermediary such as Stubhub.  
However, tickets from these sources are marked up
above face value substantially.  

Finding a great seat at a fair price means having to
buy from individuals who are trying to sell their own
ticket.

This is extremely rare.  None the less, I present  three
possible ways of getting robbed in the order of
likelihood:

1. Send money but receive no tickets.
2. Buy a counterfeit ticket
3. Get robbed by someone meeting you for an exchange.
MEETING IN PERSON:

In regard to Craigslist and the like, The Indianapolis Police Department
recommends that people meet strangers for exchanges at
e-commerce safe zones to avoid robbery.

SAFE ZONES = POLICE DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS:
           HEADQUARTERS: 50 N Alabama St.
           DOWNTOWN: 39 W Jackson Pl.
           NORTHWEST: 3821 Industrial Blvd.
           NORTH: 3120 E 30th St.
           EAST: 201 Shadeland Ave.
           SOUTHEAST: 1150 Shelby St.
           SOUTHWEST: 551 King Ave.

These areas are under 24-hour video surveillance.  

IF YOU GO TO MEET A STRANGER...
   *  Meet in a public place.
   *  Meet during the day.
   *  Don't go alone.
BUY TICKETS SAFELY
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GENERAL RULES TO INSURE A HONEST TRADE

KNOW WHAT THE TICKETS LOOK LIKE.
    You can check this Web Site's
Ticket Photo page or check out the photos of tickets for sale on eBay.  
    Photos of tickets will not be available until the speedway has mailed them out (a few months before the event.)

CHECK A
SEATING CHART AND MAKE SURE THE SEATS EVEN EXIST.

USE COMMON SENSE.
    Say "No" to any strange convoluted requests.
    Don't hesitate to ask questions.

DO NOT WIRE MONEY.

DO NOT PAY FOR TICKETS BEFORE THE SPEEDWAY HAS EVEN MAILED THEM OUT.

IF SOMETHING SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT PROBABLY IS.
TRANSACTIONS CONDUCTED THROUGH THE MAIL

1. Prove the seller actually possess the tickets.  
 *  Have them e-mail you a complete photo of the ticket(s).
 *  Have them e-mail you a photo taken from those seats.

2.  Find out the persons name, address and phone number.

3.  There are not many good reasons for a buyer to send payment to a stranger and to be the one who has to
shoulder the entire burden of trust.  For some reason, this expectation has become common in the internet age.

None the less, there is no reason the buyer cannot specify that they wish to purchase the tickets via the post office's
"Certified Mail".  The buyer can then insure he is getting the tickets before paying.
COUNTERFEIT TICKETS

Race tickets from the speedway are hard to duplicate, so this is not a problem
you are likely to encounter.  

*  Indy 500 tickets are large and colorful
*  They contain artwork or photo of the previous year's winner
*  Parts of the ticket are glossy - have a metallic sheen.
*  They are printed on both sides.
*  They may have small cut-outs.
*  They may have raised reliefs.

Before buying tickets, you should first make yourself aware of what the tickets look
like.   I display photos of the tickets on my
TICKET PHOTOS page.
You could search eBay for 'tickets for sale' and see photos there too.

All of the Indy Speedway's seating tickets are physical, large tickets.
They do not sell small race day tickets, nor send out e-tickets.
1) The seller goes to the post office with his tickets in an
waterproof envelope, sandwiched in some cardboard so
that they don't get bent.

The seller pays the post office approx. $10 for mailing this
envelope "Certified Mail" to the buyer.  

The seller specifies whether he will accept personal
checks.  If not, the post office will require a money order from
the buyer.

The seller tells the post office how long to try and deliver the
tickets before giving up and returning the tickets to him.
If the race date is near, the seller will want his tickets
back ASAP so that he has time to try and sell them again.

2) The post man delivers the tickets to the door of the buyer.

If the postal worker
cannot deliver the tickets, the tickets
will have to be picked up at the post office.  If the tickets have
not been picked up in 30 days - OR the time specified by the
What if time is running out?

The buyer can send money instantly and safely with Paypal.
The seller can have the tickets sent 'over-night' delivery, which is a bit expensive.

If time does run out, you can always get your tickets on race day from:
    a. the Speedway Ticket Office.
    b. the scalpers standing along the sidewalks out the speedway.
CERTIFIED MAIL = Care Of Delivery = C.O.D.
How it works:
seller - the tickets are mailed back to the seller.  The seller
would then be out $10 and some time.

The buyer examines the tickets and pays the postman.

The postman accepts cash, money orders and personal checks.

If the buyer presents cash, he'll be charged an additional
80 cents.  This charge is for converting the cash to a money
order.

3) After the mailman picks up the money, a check or money
order gets mailed to the seller along with the receipt they
signed when they mailed it.


Note:  It may be a good idea to have the tickets sent to the
buyer's work address if no one is home during the day.

This method should be safe for both buyer and seller.