WHY PEOPLE BUY TICKETS FROM INDIVDUALS

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 eBay
or Stubhub.  However, tickets from these sources often have high markups.

Finding a great seat at a fair price means having to buy from individuals who are trying to sell their
own tickets.
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These areas are under 24-hour video surveillance.  
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Check a SEATING CHART and make sure the seats even exist.

U
se Common Sense.
   Say "No" to any strange
, convoluted requests.
   Don't hesitate to ask questions.

D
o not wire money.

D
o not pay for tickets before the speedway has even mailed them out yet.

If
something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
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 r
equire 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 seller -

the tickets are mailed back to the seller.
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:
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.
BUY TICKETS SAFELY
First off, I have never heard of any one ever getting ripped off on race tickets.

Still, there's nothing wrong with being cautious.  On this page I explain what could go wrong
and ways to prevent it.
Selling fake tickets is nothing new, but I have never heard of it happening with
Indy 500 tickets.  

This is probably because they would be difficult and expensive to create, because:

A. The Speedway's race tickets are cardboard, not paper.
B. They are printed on both sides.  
C. The front is a photo-quality picture and is embossed!
E. Sometimes they even add metallic paint or have small punch outs.  

I try to post a photo of every ticket on my
Ticket Pictures web page.
Look there to learn what the ticket is supposed to look like, then ask the seller to send
you a photograph of the tickets.
SAFELY BUYING RACE TICKETS
There are 3 ways something could go wrong, that I can think of:

1. FAKE TICKETS
2. NEVER RECEIVED TICKETS IN MAIL, AFTER PAYING FOR THEM
Methods to help avoid that:

A. Ask for a photograph of the tickets to make sure they are in their possession.
       Also ask if they have a photo taken from those seats that they can send you.
B. Know and check all of the seller's contact information. Talk to them on the phone.
C. Have the tickets mailed to you C.O.D. so that you pay when the mailman delivers them.
D. Have the tickets sent registered mail or insured, in case they get lost in the mail.
3. ROBBED WHEN BUYING THEM IN PERSON
Sometimes people arrange to buy the tickets in a face to face meeting.

It is not unheard of for criminals in Indianapolis to lure people through Craigslist to a location
where they then rob and sometimes kill them.  The bait is usually a cell phone or game console.

I suggest:
A. Talk to the person over the phone, not just through messaging.
B. Arrange to meet them in a police station parking lot.
C. Take someone with you to the meet.
D. Be prepared to protect yourself.
E. Meet during daylight hours.
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