DON'T GET RIPPED OFF ON RACE TICKETS
I have not heard of anyone getting ripped off on tickets.
However, if you are a very safe or paranoid person,
I will try to give you some safety tips to ensure you
do not get ripped off when you are buying race tickets
from a second source.
Choosing to buy your tickets from the
Speedway directly is the safest method.
They will mail your tickets straight to your mailbox or
leave them at the Will-Call window.
For that matter, you can walk into the Ticket Office on
race day and buy your tickets right before entering the
speedway. (The ticket office is located at the South-
West corner of the Speedway.)
Buf if you want great seats...
You will need to turn to the secondary market which
means you may be paying a premium for those seats.
Ticket Broker Agencies should be safe...
and are the most expensive. You will end up paying
at least double the face value of the ticket upward to
thousands of dollars per ticket.
As of 2017, the most expensive seats are $186 face
Buying from individuals selling on eBay or Craigslist is where you might run into a problem.
This is rarely a problem at the Indinanapolis Motor Speedway.
The tickets are large and the use of foil and cutouts are some of the methods
used to combat illegal copies.
Each year I post photos of what the tickets should look like:
PHOTOS OF INDY SPEEDWAY TICKETS
If you agree to meet a stranger for a transaction discovered online, you could be
robbed at gun point, or even shot and killed.
The Indianapolis Police Department recommends that people meet strangers for
exchanges at e-commerce safe zones to avoid robbery.
IMPD has designated its six district headquarters as safe zones:
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.
Usually though, you cannot meet the person because they are not coming to Indianapolis
or because you both are too busy to try and meet up during race weekend.
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.
But 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 always walk away.
Certified Mail is like sending something Care Of Delivery (C.O.D.)
Here is how it works:
1a) The seller goes to the post office with his tickets sandwiched in some cardboard so that
they don't get bent.
b) The seller pays the post office approx. $10 for mailing this envelope "Certified Mail" to
the buyer. More often than not, the price of the tickets goes up $10.
c) The seller specifies whether he will accept personal checks. I recommend you never
accept checks of any kind when buying tickets. If not, the post office will get him a
d) The seller also tells the post office how long to try and deliver the tickets before giving up
and returning the tickets to him.
2a) The post man delivers the tickets to the door of the buyer.
b) 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. The seller is now out $10 and
3a) The buyer pays the the postman and gets the tickets.
b) The postman accepts cash, money orders and personal checks (if the seller accepts.)
c) If the buyer presents cash, he'll be charged an additional 80 cents. This charge is for
converting the cash to a money order.
4a) After the mailman picks up your money, he will mail it to you along with the receipt
you signed when you sent 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.
NOTE: 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.
I think this method is the safest for both buyer and seller. However, this process takes time.
What if time is running out?
The buyer could send payment to the seller instantly online with Paypal.
(Paypal may even insure such transactions - you will just have to check with them.)
The Seller would then be relied on to "overnight" the tickets to the buyer through a delivery
company such as FedEx, UPS, USPS, etc.
If things do not seem right, you can always get your tickets on race day as you enter:
a. Buy from the Speedway Ticket Office.
b. Buy from the scalpers that will be hanging around all over the outside of the track.
I recommend NOT accepting any kind of check or wiring money, like through Western Union.
Say "No" to any strange convoluted requests.