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Didn't get Adele tickets? Don't despair, prepare to pay


And just like that, the great Adele ticket sale of 2015 is over.

Tickets to Adele's Atlanta tour dates went on sale Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. and by 10:30, both the October 28 and October 29 shows at Philips Arena were sold out.

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The shows sold out "in record time...less than a half hour," said Peter Conlon, president of Live Nation Atlanta. At this time, promoters don't expect to add additional show dates.

The British singer just keeps on breaking records. Her one-hour NBC special on Dec. 14, Adele Live in New York City, had 11.2 million viewers and was the highest rated concert special in 10 years, according to Entertainment Weekly . And her album sold 5 million copies in the US alone. And yes, she can even bring together families:

So if you want to see Adele live in Atlanta, you'll have to dive into the sometimes murky market of ticket reselling.

Currently, on SeatGeek.com , an online ticket aggregator, tickets start at $358 for the Friday night show and $455 for Saturday night. VividSeats.com has single tickets available starting at $268.

At the other end of the spectrum are a pair of third row floor seats for Friday priced at over $10,000 apiece. That same general area of seating goes up to more than $18,000 per ticket on Saturday night.

Buying from a secondary seller doesn't have to be a bad experience, but obviously you're going to have to spend a little more money. Be sure you buy from a reputable seller and make sure you read all the fine print to avoid scams.

Here again are some tips from Fan Freedom and other sources to help you have a good ticket buying experience when you're shopping secondary sellers.

As you search for tickets, check each website’s URL to ensure you don’t get duped by an imposter. Bryson Meunier of VividSeats.com suggests checking company ratings with the Better Business Bureau and verifying ticket brokers are members of the National Association of Ticket Brokers , whose Code of Ethics requires members to adhere to basic consumer protections.

Brokers like TicketNetwork.com and StubHub.com have tickets at prices higher than face value, but perhaps not as high as you may pay for leftovers from the public sale or VIP packages.

Sellers like StubHub and All-Shows guarantee every ticket sold on their sites and will replace them or provide refunds to consumers if they receive the wrong ticket, their tickets are invalid or an event is canceled, says Fan Freedom. This may not be the case for all online ticket sellers.

You may have to pay fees when you buy from secondary sellers including buyer fees, shipping fees and fees that don’t seem to be for any reason other than charging a fee. Pay attention to your subtotal, says Fan Freedom, as it can change throughout the ticket buying process. Use a credit card in case you have to dispute any purchase.

Ticket limits and credit card entry restrictions may still apply to tickets purchased from secondary sellers. Be sure you know the restrictions that apply to the tickets you are buying no matter which website you buy them from.

As with anything you buy, you should comparison shop. Check online ticket aggregators like SeatGeek, which offers Deal Score, a proprietary system that analyzes and rates available tickets for sale online to show you which ones offer the most value for the money.

AJC staff writer Melissa Ruggieri contributed to this story.


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Nedra Rhone has been a features reporter with the AJC for 10 years. She’s written about everything from fashion to food to news.