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Old 10-08-2001, 12:48 PM   #1
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Identifying Counterfeit Tix...

Seeing as there was a small problem with fake U2 tickets (In Chicago anyway) last time around, and I have been talking to a few people selling extra tickets, which I would'nt buy without knowing the person, or dealing with them directly. I thought I'd ask for tips. The one bit of advice I seem to recall, was to check if the printing would smudge on the front of the ticket, because real tix, use thermal printing. Other than this, are there any other things to look for?...

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If the guys sells them to you for $5-$10 its probably fake.


Seriously, when Radiohead was here playing last fall, I was in the market to buy ducats from a scalper. The definitive test that made people buy or not was to take a lit cigarette and quickly place it against the back of the ticket. If it burned all the way through, the ticket was fake. If it just left a burn mark, it was real.

There were alot of burnt tickets on the ground.

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I was told by a woman at the San Jose arena to scratch the ticket. If it was real it would be black underneath. (actually it was more like gray, but it worked)
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Owww....that hurt.

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I read that the way they (United Center Staff) figured out that the tickets were fake was by spraying water on them. Apparently the real tickets don't run or smudge but the fakes do.

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Yeah, apparently if the print rubs off, it's fake.
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The smudge test is a good one, here is an additional note for those attending shows in a city with multiple dates. On your ticket it will say

MTV and VH1 present:

* U2 *

Elevation Tour 2001

The stars before and after "U2" correspond to what night it is in that city. Example, New York night 3 would look like this:

*** U2 ***

For the first night in Chicago last time, a lot of the fake tickets had 4 stars on each side instead of 1.

Also, around the inside "box" of the ticket (the middle of the 2 perforations) there is the word "ticketmaster" printed very small. Most fakes do not have this. It runs around the whole box. Be careful when buying from scalpers, and best of luck to ya!

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The stars before and after "U2" correspond to what night it is in that city. Example, New York night 3 would look like this:

*** U2 ***
Now THIS one I never would have noticed!... Thanks Hep!...

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