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Buying Tickets: A Warning Against Using Auction Sites

Published on August 11, 2012, by in concerts, tickets.

Recently there’s been a global crackdown on the use of auction sites for selling tickets. Venues have started to shut down seats found listed on sites like Yahoo! Auctions and have even gone as far as removing people from concerts who are found to be holding tickets bought through such means. This practice has made its way to Japan and we’re writing this in an effort to dissuade anyone who might be tempted to throw a lot of money at a seller for what looks to be a good seat. We understand how frustrating this can be since most foreign fans have to plan their trips well in advance. Using auction sites seems like a sure way to get a ticket, but you don’t want to be the person that travels such a long way just to be kicked out of the show and have the money you spent be wasted.

How can we get a ticket if we can’t join w-inds.day from abroad?

That’s a frequently asked question, and a very good point. Unless you have a permanent address in Japan, you can’t join w-inds.day. There are most likely a lot of legal reasons for this, and some people get around this by joining the fan club through third party services like Celga, but these services are often costly and have at times proven unreliable to some of our w-inds. fan friends around the world.

If your reason for coming to Japan doesn’t revolve around w-inds. and you’re willing to take a risk about getting a ticket, there are few ways to go about getting a ticket.

Go to the concert venue on the day of the show and ask if they still have tickets available. For whatever reason, venues seem to have a few open seats even after sales have closed. If you go early and ask, they’ll tell you whether or not they have any tickets left over and most likely they’ll put you on the list. We’ve had a lot of good experiences with this method, and the venue staff seem to be very considerate of people who have traveled a long way. It’s worth a try!

Buy tickets from the convenience store. In the future, we’d like to make a more detailed tutorial about how to do this, but usually you can search for w-inds. under ういんず in machines like Loppi at Lawson or FamiPort at Family mart. If you need more detailed directions about how to do this, you can always send us an e-mail.

Stand outside the concert venue with a sign. Very often Japanese fans looking for tickets to a show are seen outside of the concert venue holding signs that say “チケット譲ってください” , meaning something like “Please give me a ticket”. This method has worked well for some in the past, but be careful of scalpers who might approach you and try to sell you a ticket for a lot of money.

If you’d like to find a ticket before you get to Japan, send us an e-mail! We’re more than happy to help you apply for tickets during ticket lottery season, and even if you missed it, we have a large network of Japanese fan friends who might have tickets they can’t use. We are no strangers to making 2am convenience store runs to get tickets for fans, and we can even send the tickets to your hotel.

Will any of these methods guarantee you a first row seat? Absolutely not, but they can at least get you a seat. We’d rather fans be able to just have the pleasure of enjoying a w-inds. show without the possibility of getting in trouble.

We hope this information is helpful and, as always, feel free to ask us any questions you might have!

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