On March 15, 2010, I had one of my greatest ticket pulls as a ticket broker. Just a few seconds after pulling front row seats to a Tom Petty show at Madison Square Garden, I pulled two more second row seats for that same show.
Pulls of a lifetime, for sure, but knowing the techniques that made those pulls possible is what The Tickets Guide is all about.
I knew these tickets were going to sell really well, but it was one simple change to my eBay listing that earned me close to $1000 profit on those two second-row tickets. It’s a change that just takes a single click and is especially important for those times that you’re selling absolute top-notch tickets.
And that is…
It turned out that although the show was in New York City, my buyer was from Hampstead, London. And you know what, it makes total sense. Those tickets were guaranteed to be an experience of a lifetime, and I can totally understand flying out to New York City just to see the show. It also might be the case that this person was in England at the time of purchase, but will happen to be in New York by the date of the concert. There are a ton of different possibilities here, but the fact is this:
And even if you’ve only had minimal experience selling tickets online, you know that the longer you wait to sell your tickets, the more likely you’ll have to drop your prices.
As you may have noticed in the image above, I do charge customers extra for international shipping. It’s a common practice on eBay to charge extra for international shipping and your customers won’t mind at all. This is true for shipments to Europe as well as to Canada. The last thing you want is to have to cough up international shipping costs, especially if you’re shipping close to the event date and/or through FedEx.
Did you know that shipping tickets FedEx International Priority can cost you upwards of $40? Try to avoid this situation if at all possible, and that means sell your tickets early.
The best way to ship tickets internationally
The best way to ship tickets internationally also happens to be the best way to ship your tickets domestically: USPS Priority via Paypal. I’ve mentioned before that this is the best way to ship tickets because you can print your shipping slip right from home and you simply cannot beat the prices. Above all, you’ll receive a Delivery Confirmation number that is crucial if you want to sell tickets on eBay.
To send tickets via USPS Priority Mail International, follow my instructions as usual, except you’ll see a new drop-down menu that looks like this:
This time you’ll select Priority Mail International. USPS uses the same envelopes for Domestic and International shipments, so all you have to do is drop into your nearest mailbox and you’re done! (Note that if you want to send your tickets via USPS Express Mail, you CANNOT drop this into your mailbox. This has to be delivered through your nearest post office.)
Yes, shipping internationally introduces a few new elements to your sale, but if you end up profiting $100, $50, or even just $10 more, the bit of extra effort is totally worth it. One of your goals as a ticket broker is to make your tickets available to as many people as possible, and offering international shipping is one of the best ways to do just that.