WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Tickets to the hottest summer concerts can be really hard to snag.
Consider this: floor seats for Madonna's World Tour at some venues are going for thousands on StubHub.
The desperation to get those in-demand tickets for a favorite band or a big sporting event can lead consumers to bad places -- Companies or websites where they wouldn't otherwise do business.You may be unfamiliar with the rules.
Or you could respond to online classifieds that are often "buyer beware."
The National Consumers League is urging ticket-shoppers to avoid getting starry-eyed over what looks like a great deal.
Here are some considerations to keep in mind before you click the "buy" button:
-- Note the URL before making a purchase. Scammers can set up fake sites.
-- Buy tickets with a credit card for added fraud protection.
-- Be prepared for additional fees like shipping or convenience charges on top of the ticket price.
-- And read the fine print on a ticket. If it's a "Will Call" or paperless ticket, ticketholders may be required to present the purchasing credit card and photo i-d for admission and can be non-transferable. That's especially important if the tickets are a gift or purchased on behalf of someone else.
Also, know the vendor's guarantee policy. Established online ticket exchanges and resale sites will often replace or refund a ticket if a customer receives the wrong tickets, fake tickets, or if the event is cancelled.