Buyer Beware Internet ticket sales are a dark jungle

If you search the Web for a ticket to see Shinedown at the Tennessee Theatre on June 29 you might be surprised to see the top tickets cost up to $300. That’s $300 for a ticket that should cost you $40. Do a search for “Tennessee Theatre tickets” and the first link is to a site called, which calls itself “Knoxville’s trusted ticket marketplace” just under the name.

There you could find tickets to the Aug. 24 show by the Old Crow Medicine Show for $180 before tickets had even gone on sale and Tickets to the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, which are only officially sold at And, if you happened to be looking for a show in, say, Appleton, Wisc., you’d be directed to site called, which has the logo “Appleton’s trusted ticket marketplace.”

It’s no surprise that neither city or the many others operated by Secure Box Office LLC are located in the cities where they are so “trusted.”

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