Don't let the Grinch get your wallet, beware of RBTL secondary ticket sites

Updated: 12/12/2013 7:38 PM
Created: 12/12/2013 2:34 PM WHEC.com

It's the holidays and we all need every dollar we earn. But there are websites selling Rochester Broadway Theatre League tickets, that are trying to take advantage of you.

The show on stage right now is the Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Face value -- the tickets go from $30 to $70, but these alternative websites are selling the same tickets for $170 to $230 and they are set up to confuse you.

Brighton resident Stephanie Taylor says she went online to buy Grinch tickets for her four year old son Benny. The cost per ticket was two to three hundred dollars.

She says, "I was shocked and sad that I couldn't afford prices that much to take my four year old, Benny, to the show."

Here's the problem, instead of going to rbtl.org, Stephanie was directed to rbtl.com, which fed her to something that looked like the real broadway website. That linked her to another ticket website and when we checked it out Thursday, the prices ranged from $170 to $230.

So we asked the RBTL, is this legal?

Vice president Linda Glosser says, "It's not illegal."

Glosser tells News10NBC that these sites are confusing for theatergoers. She says they're getting more and more complaints from consumers who say when they search for tickets online and get directed to these secondary ticket sites. But again -- they're not illegal. She says you wouldn't be able to sell tickets like this outside the theatre, that would be scalping. So buyer beware.

Glosser says, "If it seems crazy that someone is looking to collect $250 for tickets to Grinch. Use your best judgment, it's not reasonable. not in Rochester.

Officials say the safest thing to do is make sure you are on the official RBTL website, rbtl.org.


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