My only previous experience with seatwave was when searching for tickets for sold out gigs. In these cases it seemed it was just a way for touts to flog massively overpriced tickets so I didn't have a high opinion.
We had four tickets to see Eddie Izzard in Brighton. However some nice friends paid for us to fly to the US for a 40th birthday party that weekend so they were going spare. As they were electronic tickets for a town I didn't live in I didn't have much hope that people would be willing to chance buying them via ebay. When I looked on seatwave I saw there were plenty of well adjusted people selling spare tickets at face value plus admin fees, so I thought I would give it a go. I listed the tickets two weeks before the gig.
The first two sold in the first week. Although all four tickets were in one pdf, seatwaves website can remove just two tickets and send them to the buyer. The second two sold the day before the gig and I was able to upload them separately from dropbox via my mates laptop in Las Vegas. Very well designed!
The money is held in escrow until the buyers confirm they were able to attend with the tickets sold (or after 10 days if no reply). The money was in my paypal account five days after the gig finished.
Can't fault seatwave for selling tickets. They can't guarantee the tickets will be legitimate or, in the case of electronic tickets, won't have already been used but it does mean the buyer can get their money back if this does happen.
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