True tickets: Don't get caught in a Country Jam scam

By: Therese O'Shea Email
By: Therese O'Shea Email

MACK, Colo. (KKCO) - The biggest day in country music on the Western Slope has finally arrived! Major Mortgage Country Jam kicks off today at 2 p.m.

The stage is set, the seats are prepped, and the artists are getting ready to perform in front of thousands before the first show today. But as a good Country Jam fan. we want you to know more about the most important thing you need heading in to the show… your tickets.

"We got off to an early start this last year, we kicked off ticket sales in November, and we've had a magnificent lineup this year,” says Julie Shafer, promotions and marketing director for Country Jam and Rock Jam.

They've been selling like country music is going out of style. Shafer says, even nipping at the heels of a record.

"2008 was our biggest year ever and we are right on the tail of that,” she says.

But there are plenty of country music fans still searching for tickets, and many looking to get a deal.

"People will email and call say like $200 for both of them, so some people trying to just get them very cheap,” says Amber Schultz, who is selling tickets online.

The Schultz’s sold their winning tickets to buy VIP seats, but unsure that they can still go, are hoping to sell and break even.

"We have two Thursdays for $125 each,” she says.

The Schultz’s put their tickets up on Craig’s List, an online hotspot for buying and selling practically anything... including Country Jam tickets.

"We just advertise and sell the ones we don't want,” says Anne Mueller, who has had tickets for years.

Mueller says her family likes to check out the lineup and choose which days they’ll go to the show, hoping someone else can make use of her seats on the off days.

"Just on Craig’s list, and then I did post something on Facebook,” says Mueller of selling her tickets online.

Taking a smart approach to selling, she says, "I’m only going to accept cash because there are so many scams, and they even tell you that on Craig’s list.”

But Shafer says the only way to know you're getting a real product is by going direct.

"We absolutely do not recommend that you purchase tickets from a secondary source,” she says.

She warns there are plenty of online scams and scalpers who can falsify tickets.

"You better make sure that you know who it is that you're trading with,” says Shafer.

Shafer says there are a handful of people every year who try to produce counterfeit tickets, and that Country Jam has a zero tolerance policy for counterfeits. They recommend knowing who you’re buying from, because you don't want to be left at that gate come Country Jam kick-off.

There are still plenty of Country Jam tickets available. To make sure you're getting legitimate tickets, you can buy from any Bradley gas station, or online at co.countryjam.com.


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