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Top 3 Places to Find Free Presale Passwords

by Brandon

The key to running a successful online ticket broker business is knowing how to get your hands on those tickets that all the die-hard fans are fighting for (and therefore, willing to pay for). It’s hard enough to pull the best tickets through publicly-announced onsales–the ones that all the fans will know about. As a ticket broker, one of your best opportunities to get an edge is by taking advantage of presales.

Presales

The purpose of a presale is to give a select group of people an opportunity to buy tickets before everyone else, and there are several main types of presales that you should know about:

  • Venue presales
  • Radio presales
  • Fan club presales
  • Internet presales
  • Live Nation presales
  • American Express presales
  • Citi cardmember presales

Obviously, though, in order to make the presales any different than the on-sales, only those with presale passwords (or presale codes) have access to the tickets that are released. Some presale codes are easier to get than others, and some come at a price (Fan Club presales, for example). If you know where to look, though, you can find all the free presale passwords you want.

Here are the 3 best places I’ve found that help me land great presale passwords:

Wise Guys

The #1 Presale Password site out there. These guys have been providing us with presale passwords for years and they’ve become a trusted name in the industry. They also give what they call a “Hot Tip” at the end of each presale post, which is cool and sets them apart from other presale sites. (Update: they’ve recently switched over to paid memberships, but the information they’re churning out every day more than pays for the cost.)

Ticketcrush

When it comes to presale and onsale codes, one of the most valuable free resource on the web that I’ve found is the Ticketcrush blog and newsletter. As a subscriber, I get an email every single morning (sometimes even at 6 AM!) with the scoop on all the presale and onsale information I need for that day. In my experience their list is more comprehensive than most of the other presale lists out there. They also have their own iPhone App and they even buy your unwanted tickets. Check them out!

Going 2 The Show

Look to these guys for all the big name presale passwords, also free of charge. Their Twitter feed (@presalecodes) lists all their top presale passwords and you can even check out their site to search presale codes by artist. Very cool.

Of course, you don’t need to subscribe to each and every presale newsletter you see. Most of your presale information could be gathered just by subscribing to one of these. Still, if you have the time (and dedication), I’d recommend signing up to two (or more) newsletters, just in case there was a presale that was missed in one, it will probably get picked up in another. Also, not every site is able to get access to every presale password, so by subscribing to more than one newsletter, you’re more likely to get all the passwords for that day.

Presale passwords straight from the source

You can also choose to get some of your presale passwords straight from the source. As an example, I’m subscribed to the Madison Square Garden newsletter, MSG Insider. Every time there’s a big presale or onsale going on at MSG, I get a notification via e-mail at least 24 hours before the presale takes place. This is great because if the show is huge (something like Lady Gaga at Madison Square Garden), I’ll make sure to rearrange my schedule that morning so that I know to be at the Ticketmaster window at exactly the time listed. You don’t need to subscribe to every venue newsletter you can, just the big ones: the Staples Center, American Airlines Center, etc.

The more experience you get as a ticket broker, you’ll also be signed up to various venue newsletters simply by purchasing tickets from them. I get emails all the time from HP Pavilion at San Jose, the Jobing Arena in Arizona, the AT&T Center in San Antonio, and various others. With so many newsletter subscriptions, your information is bound to overlap and repeat itself, but that’s OK. The important thing is never to miss a big presale, and with all this information at your fingertips, you’ll give yourself the best chance at pulling the absolute best presale concert tickets you can.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

keith miller November 19, 2010 at 5:48 am

Thanks a lot for the info I have read thus far. You had mentioned that ticketcrush will buy unwanted tickets. I did find how to do that on their site. Do you know where? Also I am looking forward to purchasing your guide, as this is all new to me. I want to slowly but surely break into this business. Do you have a hard copy for sale, or is it just the ebook? Thanks for your help!

-Keith Miller

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Brandon November 19, 2010 at 9:33 am

Hi Keith,

Thank you for your comment. The information is in their daily newsletter. Here’s what it says:

“Do you have extra inventory you are looking to sell quickly?
Ticketcrush.com is a ticket market maker. Ticketcrush will buy your unwanted wholesale inventory and pay cash today! Events need to be taking place 21 days out or longer. What does wholesale mean? It means we do not pay full retail price for tickets. We might pay face, less, or even more. Each situation is unique. Send us a list of what you want to sell including your desired price. Please email us kyle@ticketcrush.com.”

Email Kyle and let him know what you’re looking to unload. I’m sure he and his team can help you.

As far as a hard copy of my book, I am only offering an electronic version of the eBook right now, but if you would like a copy on a CD, email me at theticketsguide@gmail.com and we can work something out.

Best of luck,

Brandon

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dawn beasom November 19, 2010 at 7:01 pm

I purchased bon jovi tickets from tickjet crush. I received a paper with a ticket number on it . Have never seen a ticket that looks like these. Just a little worried that they are real. I paid alot of money for these tickets want to make sure they are real . thanks

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Brandon November 19, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Hi Dawn,

Don’t worry, what you probably bought are electronic tickets. I can’t say for sure because I can’t see what they sent you, but what you are describing sounds like TicketFast tickets.

If you would like, you can email me an image of the tickets (make sure to blur out the barcode) and I will verify that for you.

Brandon

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Matt January 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Now that Wise Guys is charging money I having a hard time finding a free site for presales. The other two that you mentioned do not seem to work as well as Wise Guys. Do you have any other free sight you can reccomend.

Thanks,
Matt

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Brandon January 12, 2011 at 10:23 am

Hey Matt,

There are plenty of great free presale password sites out there, and honestly the other two I mentioned are more than enough for what you’ll need. Trust me, if the concert is big enough for you to want to buy tickets for it, either TicketCrush and/or G2TS will have it!

-Brandon

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EDDIE March 24, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Hi Brandon,

My friend and I are looking to start a ticket brokerage biz. together. Start small part time and see how it goes. Can you recommend some tips on how we should go about it. We both would like to make some extra cash. Great work.

Looking forward to your reply.
Regards
Eddie

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P May 2, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Brandon,

I love your site and clearly you know your stuff. I’ve been in the game for about 4 months now and am loving the challenge. I have two questions;

1) What limits the amount of money a ticket broker makes?
2) At what revenue level, if any, does it make sense to start your own site to sell your inventory?

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Bijaya May 20, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Hi;

I read tiyr site, found pretty helpful as I am thinking to start this business in a small scale. Would appreciate your help in future as well. I feel I still need to learn lots of things hidden in this business in order to make profit. Please tell me how I should start when I do not have knowledge about any event.

Regards,

Bijaya

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Michelle November 19, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I wish I would’ve seen this before I signed up with All Presale Passwords. They took my money, but their confusing site wouldn’t take me to the password page, and they refused to give me a refund. They said it was my fault that I missed a crucial step in the registration process, but didn’t elaborate on what it was. They also emailed me from a personal email that went to my junk folder and didn’t identify themselves as representatives from the company, so I didn’t see their messages until after my presale was over. DO NOT USE THEM EVER!

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Christina February 17, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I tried to contact Kyle at ticketcrush to sell my unwanted Bruce Springsteen tickets for Atlanta. I think he must have placed me on a block list or something. I tried to follow up since I hadn’t received a response, but my email was rejected. It wasnt rejected from my first email. Do you know another company that would take these rather than selling them on eBay or Craigslist?

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Peggy March 14, 2012 at 8:29 am

Are the American Express presale seats better than the fan club presale? They are just going on sale for Rod Stewart and all the seats are in the upper. (nose bleed)

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vanessa vasquez April 12, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Wise guys is a legit sight to all of you who are concerned,i paid one 5 dollar fee to access the pre sale code for “Harley davidson hometown throwdown” and it was legit,it worked….went to ticketmaster and I purchased 3 ;) thanks for this helpful site! My fiance is one happy man!

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