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Why we recommend buying tickets on Stubhub

Stubhub is the granddaddy of ticket sellers. They’ve been doing this for over 20 years! Stubhub is the official Fan to Fan Ticket Marketplace of MLB.com and the 30 Major League Clubs. When it comes to buying MLB tickets on the secondary market, Stubhub is clearly a top choice.

That said, we now suggest purchasing tickets from any of:

We receive a commission (at no cost to you) when you use our links and purchase tickets through SeatGeek and Stubhub but not for direct purchases. You can learn about that in our disclosure.

There are pros and cons to purchasing from all of these platforms. Stubhub tends to offer a very robust inventory of tickets, including those available only to season plan holders. Seatgeek sometimes has slightly lower prices. And buying direct lets you take advantage of any special deals or promotions offered directly from the team. In the end, you can’t go wrong with any of these three choices.

Does Stubhub charge fees?

Yes. Of course they do. Every ticket platform on the internet charges fees. That’s how they maintain their operations. No matter which platform you buy tickets from, you will pay fees. Sure, there are some ticket platforms that claim they don’t charge fees; but look into it. What they’re really doing is rolling the fees into the advertised price, so what you pay in the end is exactly the same (or more!).

Stubhub recently increased their fee transparency. This is a big improvement over how they used to operate, and over a lot of their competition. Use the “Show prices with estimated fees” toggle to compare tickets based on your actual cost. What’s awesome is that when you have this toggle on, if you find an awesome shaded seat for $50, when you get to the checkout it’s going to actually cost $50.

Toggle the “estimated fees” on to compared prices based on their final price.

In our opinion, there is nothing more obnoxious than ticket platforms that hide the fees until the very last step of the checkout process. They hope that once you’ve committed to typing in your contact and billing info that you’re not going to back out once you see the final price. We don’t like that practice and are glad that Stubhub is more transparent.

Is Stubhub legit? 

This is a fair question. Unless you buy tickets directly from your favorite team’s website or physical box office, it’s hard to know exactly where the ticket came from and who the seller is. That’s why it’s important to buy tickets on a reputable platform with a solid buyer guarantee. Stubhub is the official Fan to Fan Ticket Marketplace of MLB.com and the 30 Major League Clubs. You are not going to find a more reputable MLB ticket website than Stubhub.

You can click or tap here to read Stubhub’s FanProtect Promise. Put simply, you get valid tickets or your money back. And Stubhub will find you replacement tickets if there are any issues. We have personally purchased tickets on Stubhub and never had to fall back on the Promise.

Why we recommend buying tickets on SeatGeek

When we created ShadedSeats.com we decided to recommend SeatGeek as our preferred place to buy tickets. Why? Simply put, this is where we buy tickets when we attend Major League Baseball games. That said, things are a bit different now because of Covid-19. So we have updated our recommendation. We now suggest purchasing tickets from:

Yes, we receive a commission when you use our links and purchase tickets through SeatGeek and Stubhub but not for direct purchases. You can learn about that in our disclosure.

There are pros and cons to purchasing from all of these platforms. Stubhub tends to offer a very robust inventory of tickets, including those available only to season plan holders. Seatgeek often has the best prices. And buying direct lets you take advantage of any special deals or promotions offered directly from the team. In the end, you can’t go wrong no matter which of these three you choose.

Does SeatGeek charge fees?

Yes. Of course they do. Every ticket platform on the internet charges fees. No matter which platform you buy tickets from, you will pay fees. Sure, there are some ticket platforms that advertise on Facebook claiming they don’t charge fees; but look into it. What they’re really doing is rolling the fees into the advertised price, so what you pay in the end is exactly the same (or more!).

What’s great about SeatGeek is that they are completely transparent. SeatGeek gives you the ability to toggle “prices with fees” and “prices before fees”. That’s awesome because if you have the toggle turned to “prices with fees” that means if you find an awesome shaded seat for $40, when you get to the checkout it’s going to actually cost $40.

In our opinion, there is nothing more infuriating than ticket platforms that hide the fees until the very last step of the checkout process. They hope that once you’ve committed to typing in your contact info and billing info that you’re not going to back out once you see the final price. We don’t like that practice and can’t recommend platforms that do that.

Is SeatGeek legit? 

This is a fair question. Unless you buy tickets directly from your favorite team’s website or physical box office, it’s hard to know exactly where the ticket came from and who is selling it. That’s why it’s important to buy tickets on a reputable platform with a solid buyer guarantee. Seatgeek has been around for a decade and has hundreds of employees. This is not a fly-by-night operation run by a single person.

You can click or tap here to read SeatGeek’s buyer guarantee. Put simply, if your ticket is not legit they will offer comparable or better tickets to the event or a full refund. We have personally purchased many tickets on SeatGeek and never had to fall back on the guarantee.