Hot tickets, hair care alert

July 7, 2008 3:42:27 PM PDT
If you're hoping to go to a concert or other event, but you're afraid it'll be sold-out or tickets will be too expensive, not to worry - we have some tips to make sure that hot tickets is yours. Scoring tickets can be tricky - so Consumer Reports says first look out for presales. They allow fans to buy tickets before they're offered to the general public. Usually notice is sent to fans via email by the venue or Ticketmaster if you have an account. You can also join an artist's club or pay a fee to PreSalePassword-dot-net or Presalenow-dot-com.

Also check if your credit card company is offering advanced tickets as well as discounted or preferred seats.

And Once tickets go on sale - buy directly from the venue or official site to pay as few markups and fees as possible.

If an event appears sold out - keep checking. A lot of systems lock up tickets when they're in someone else's basket - then release them if they're not bought.

And one more thing - you can often find reasonably priced seats on reseller sites like Stubhub-dot-com and RazorGator.

Hair care alert

A consumer alert about so-called grey-market hair products. These are products supposed to be sold only at salons but end up on store shelves when a salon or distributor sells them out the back door. It's not illegal - but it is a violation of the manufacturer's contract.

Consumer experts say the problem is these products can be counterfeit or contaminated, old or outdated. And - surprisingly - often cost more than at your salon.

Stores like C-V-S and Target, where ABC News found some alleged grey-market products, say their goods are obtained through legitimate channels.