Have you ever bought concert tickets online thinking you were buying them from the venue, only to find out that you were actually buying them from an overpriced ticket broker?

According to the NorthJersey.com, New Jersey wants to prevent that from happening to it's residents.

Websites that have URLs that use the name of a venue or event are called "white-label sites."  Last month, New Jersey passed a law that imposes a fine of up to $10,000 on companies that use the name of a venue or event without permission.

NorthJersey.com notes that last year, "Google implemented new advertising standards...for websites that resell event tickets" that "prohibited the use of words like 'official' in ads and the use of venue or event names in URLs unless the ticket reseller can prove it is affiliated with the event."

If you want make sure you are buying tickets from the actual venue hosting the concert, you should start with the performer's official website or one of these sites...

Ticketmaster.com

LiveNation.com

AEGpresents.com

For sports tickets, start with going to the team's official website and for Broadway tickets, broadway.com is a good place to start a search for seats.

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