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There is some serious money to be made online through buying and selling tickets online, as long as you do it properly. It’s not that difficult but there are many mistakes that people make when starting out. The winners though quickly learn what’s needed and can pretty much guarantee grabbing tickets for all the biggest events and concerts.
One of the biggest stumbling blocks is when people realise their IP address is getting blocked when trying to get extra tickets. It’s not hard to find a solution, hiding your real IP address is easily enough done by using a proxy server. However sites like Ticketmaster spend an awful lot of time and money detecting and blocking proxies so it’s important to choose ones that work.
First of all it’s important to state this fact –
99% of Proxies are Useless as a Tickets Proxy
Sure they function technically as proxies, but the IP addresses most of them use have about as much credibility as a Nigerian prince using a credit card stolen a decade ago. They’re simply not going to work and many people find this out the hard way which often takes out their accounts and payment options too. If you try and use proxies with blacklisted IP address any account you use it going to be flagged by association too making subsequent attempts even harder.
What Do You Need for Ticketmaster Proxies
It can be a confusing subject but the ultimate goal is simple – you need proxies that look like ordinary users to sites like Ticketmaster. Unfortunately like most of these sites are exceptionally good at detecting the use of proxy servers, which they will block from using their sites. This means you need really high quality, secure proxies which have the right sort of IP addresses.
Here’s two categories that will not work with any of the major Ticketing sites –
- Free/Open proxies – all of these are detected and blocked automatically by most major e-commerce sites like Ticketmaster. They exist on lots of lists and they’re very easy to find, don’t use them as they never work and will get your cards blacklisted too.
- Shared Proxies/VPNs – these are fine for many online tasks where you need to hide your IP address but not for buying tickets. There are simply too many people sharing these and using them at the same time as you – they’ll almost certainly be flagged as proxies already.
So Datacenter or Residential Proxies ?
One of the biggest problems with trying too create believable digital identities is the IP addresses that the proxies use. Unfortunately it’s very easy to work out where most of the proxies are coming from as these addresses are registered to large datacenters across the world. Any connection using one of these addresses has a very high probability of being a proxy server. When trying to buy tickets that’s an instant fail even if they’ve not already been used on the site, it certainly won’t do for a proper Ticketmaster Proxy.
Some people suggest that you can use some datacentre proxies on a limited scale however anyone who does this with any success will almost certainly be using other types. The most popular method is to use proxies that have access to ‘residential IP addresses’. These are normally only allocated to ISPs and are the addresses that 99% of ordinary home users are allocated. The drawback is that because they’re difficult to obtain then these addresses are much more expensive especially if you’re looking for bulk residential proxies.
Backconnect Proxies Which Lower Costs
Although residential addresses are still harder to obtain, many of the proxy companies have found ways to reduce the costs without affecting their success rates. They do this by allocating the residential addresses to a pool assigned to a specific proxy, these can be accessed directly by the proxy automatically. The advantage of this, rather than assigning a range to a customer is that each address can be used much more efficiently. The proxy can rotate the addresses to ensure no user will connect concurrently to a specific site.
Of course, this will only work if the ‘pool’ of residential addresses is enough and they are not overused. The biggest networks have many thousands of IP addresses, and the choice for many of the most successful ticket entrepreneurs – Luminati has a pool over 40 million residential IP addresses! If the pool is smaller then it’s vital that the resources are managed carefully and not overloaded with users. Incidentally if you do try Luminati out then check out their waterfall feature which allows you to try out different types of proxies automatically.
Remember one proxy/IP doesn’t mean one ticket especially for very popular events. You can’t just use a few addresses, especially if you’re using one the Ticket Bots that actually works.
There are cheaper options which do work too, although remember Ticketmaster is probably one of the best sites on the web at detecting proxies. You’ll not get far with poor quality services who don’t look after their addresses ! There are lots of other companies with smaller networks which offer specialised servers for different platforms.
One of the better ones is a company called RotatingProxies who sell servers with Ticketmaster friendly addresses. Fill in their trial form and you can get a custom trial set up for 48 hours which you can test them out for only a few dollars. For a one off purchase this is a great option as you don’t need to subscribe to any monthly residential proxies plan either. They don’t have the numbers of Luminati, but they’re a great option to get started.