I am a season ticket holder to the California Golden Bears, the San Francisco 49ers and the Golden State Warriors. Sometimes, I cannot go to the games and I cannot find friend to use them. Inevitably, I find myself having to sell some of the tickets during the years. I list my tickets on the two services. This article compares each of the popular methods to sell your tickets, Stubhub (www.stubhub.com) and Craigslist (www.craigslist.com).
Stubhub is the more structured service. That means that you can list your section, seat(s) and game and there is a way for the buyer to sort though all the tickets that are available for a particular game by section, by prices, and by number of seats. Once the buyer selects to buy your tickets, you will have to send the tickets by fedex or electronically depending on how you chose to list them. Once the buyer has received the tickets, Stubhub notifies you that you will be receiving payment. A few days after that notice, Stubhub sends your money via paypal. Then, paypal takes a few days to send the money to your bank.
Craigslist is the other end of the spectrum. You list the tickets on the Craigslist service in the way that you like. Some people even list them for $1 (which is not the true price), to get attention. You can search all tickets on Craigslist by your team but if the seller has listed the tickets as December 1, instead of 12/1, you are out of luck. In my experience, more than half of the people that inquire about the listing do not respond to a follow-up message. It also takes some effort to sort through the listings. Most buyers will only look at the top listings, so it is important that you relist the tickets every 48 hours. As you can see, it take much more effort, and the prices for a Craigslist transaction is generally lower. The advantage is that you can sell up to the last minute, and you can get your money immediately and in cash.
You can list the same tickets on both services, but if you have an order for the same tickets at the same time, you will pretty much has to sell them on Stubhub, and notify the potential buyer on Craigslist that it has already been sold. . I generally list the tickets on Craigslist after my Stubhub listings expire. If you use both services and sell the tickets on Craigslist, make sure that you delist them on Stubhub asap.