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CareCo How To… Guide – Buying Event Tickets Online

Does modern technology confuse you? Astounded by the internet? Do you want to take part but don’t know where to start? Then the CareCo How To… Guide series is here to help!

Not only is the internet packed full of useful information, it’s also a great way of using services within the comfort of your own home, eliminating the need to make an effort to go into town to pick items up (handy if you suffer from mobility problems). Alongside placing supermarket orders online, you can also search for and purchase event tickets, whether it be for a trip to the cinema or to see a well-known stage play. Read on to find out more on how to access the best tickets at great prices!

Cinema Tickets

Booking cinema tickets has never been easier, especially when you can do so whilst sitting at home! Just follow the steps below and soon enough you’ll be on your way to see the latest blockbuster.

  • Access the website of your selected cinema (Odeon/Empire/Vue/Cineworld). You can also use Google to find your local cinema and the list of films they’re playing over the next few days.
  • Once you’re on the homepage select the film you want to see, as well as your selected day and time.
  • You’ll then be given a choice of where to sit. Click your selected seats and move onto the next step.Odeon
  • With certain cinema websites you’re able to purchase tickets as a ‘Guest’ if you’re not a regular customer. If you intend to use the service again create an account as directed and log in.
  • Typically, cinema websites require you to pay via card (entering your card details) unlike other sites that use PayPal. However, these sites are completely secure and guarantee your details will be kept safe.
  • Once you receive a confirmation e-mail you’ll be able to collect your tickets from the cinema. Just note down your order number and report to a member of staff who will print them for you.

Ordering online is a great way to save yourself time and effort as you’ll only need to visit the cinema on the day of the screening.

Event Tickets

Unlike purchasing cinema tickets at the cinema, ordering event tickets can be far more long-winded and complicated, especially if you don’t live within easy travelling distance of the venue. This problem can be overcome by using selected, trusted, reputable websites to buy your tickets from.

  • While there are many well-known online ticket sites, names such as See Tickets and Live Nation are the ones customers tend to use the most. Similar in style, they’re both incredibly easy to use.
  • First, create an account, registering your personal details, address and card details with the company.
  • Next, search for your selected event, whether it be a play, big theatre production, festival or concert. You’ll be shown the event’s list of venues, days and times – just pick the one you want.
  • Once you’ve made your selection you’ll be able to choose the area in which you’d like to sit – for example, a theatre has many sections, all priced according to their distance from the stage. The closer you are the more expensive your ticket tends to be.see-tickets-logo
  • Be aware – whilst making your choice you’re being timed. Due to the popularity of tickets and the huge demand, sites are only able to ‘hold’ tickets for you for a maximum of 10-15 minutes (depending on the site). This gives you enough time to select your seats/area, enter your details and pay.
  • Once you’ve confirmed your payment details and completed all the stages you’ll receive a confirmation e-mail with the event details stated at the top.
  • Your tickets will then be sent by post around one month before the date of the event.

Sites such as See Tickets and Live Nation use a system called STAR – Secure Tickets from Authorised Retailers. Look out for their logo to guarantee you’re purchasing from an esteemed company.


Over the last few years eBay have tried to clean up their act when it comes to selling event tickets. While many consumers are happy to purchase their tickets from private sellers on the site, others aren’t so comfortable. However, eBay have partnered with event site StubHub so you’re able to buy tickets through eBay via them.

  • Avoid buying tickets from private sellers.
  • If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.
  • If you must purchase tickets from a private seller, ensure that they have photographic evidence that they currently have the tickets. Also, check the postage details of the item – request Signed For/Tracked postage where possible.

Next time: how to use your smartphone/tablet as an event tracker (remember birthdays, appointments, days out etc.).