this topic might sound odd, especially to the hardcore NET followers among us, but maybe i´m not the only one with such "problems" though: namely i´ve often asked myself what is the best policy to purchase concert tickets. of course i´ve been to a modest number of shows by various artists already which means in general i´m able to buy tickets
but after purchasing them i often doubted if i did it the right way and regretted acting too spontaneously.
- was never quite sure how to find out where you get the best tickets (huge box office, local box office, artist homepage), especially before the sale starts
Things are handled differently in different locations. Sometimes it is near impossible to get good seats because they get given out to business associates / press / high sherriff's wife, etc. Sometimes you just have to be online at the time they go on sale, though sometimes there might be special presales that you may or may not have access to, like the O2 presale for the shows in Germany last fall. If the ticketing website allows you to book from a seating chart, it's easy, but many times you can't, so you'll have to figure out beforehand what numbering system the venue uses, e.g. the front row might be row 1 or row A or row AAA, and block B might be on the right at one venue but on the left in the next.
- how to detect the best seats in a location i don´t know (if there is no GA)? does it really pay off to buy expensive first row tickets (-> stage rush)?
See above for the first question. As for the stage rush, you can rarely tell before if it's going to be allowed to happen or not, and if so, at what point in the show. Either way, front row guarantees you a pole position for the rush, and if it doesn't happen, at least you have a decent seat.
- after the tickets go on sale, is there a need to hectically hurry up to buy tickets immediately (speaking of BD shows)? how long, generally speaking, might be the period one can be sure to get tickets still?
If you want to be near the front at seated shows, get tickets immediately. If it's a big GA, you can take a bit of time, though given that you have the money, why would you put it off (any longer than, say, until you get back from work)?
- if i want to buy tickets abroad, are there any important things i have to keep in mind? have you made good or bad experiences with purchasing tickets from particular companies/countries?
Have your credit card ready. Create an account at the ticketing websites in time (remember your passwords). Figure out if there's an English version of the website. If not, remember that most ticket websites work alike, so you'll figure it out anyway. In Italy, there are several different words that all mean GA standing, and if there are three shows in a row, they might use a different expression at each. In the Czech Republic, front area tickets are called 'stani i podio'. It might be very expensive to have tickets mailed to you from abroad. Most times it's possibly to pick them up from the venue box office on the day of the show though, so that's the cheaper option. Or maybe they have a "print at home" option.
- if i have bought a ticket i don´t need in the end - what to do? of course there are the wonderful threads here where i would try it first. but in general, is it allowed to sell them on ebay? and if you have a spare ticket and want to get rid of it directly in front of the location, how do you handle that? a sign? is that - theoretically - illegal?
People sell tickets on ebay all the time, so I don't think that's much of a problem. If you are at the venue already, look for 'tickets wanted' signs, or ask around the queue, or there may be ticket touts who buy them off you. Or give it to Freddie.
- which leads me to the last question: if i go to a location without a ticket, how probable is it that i luckily get a ticket though? how much (more) would that cost me?
thank you already in advance for reading this and maybe for answering one or more of them!
There is always a ticket. Again, ask around the queue, ask Freddie, check with the box office. Don't pay scalping prices unless it's a tiny club show or something and you absolutely want to go. Most of the time, face value (plus booking fees) is just fine, and most fans don't (and shouldn't) ask scalping prices from others.