Facebook: the new venue for ticket-selling

When David Gentzel and Nathan Jones were underclassmen at Virginia Tech, they were lucky to grab tickets to their school’s games.

“We had a hard time finding tickets as students, since after season tickets were sold, a lottery system sold extra tickets,” Gentzel said. “You had to go online, and then they’d pick names out of a hat.”

To fix this distribution problem, they created Tixology.

The service, which was originally called FaceTIX because it is linked with Facebook, started six weeks ago.

Students across the nation can now post tickets to buy or sell on Facebook.com.

But Greg Christopher, athletic director at BGSU, said he doesn’t think students at the University will need to use the service.

“Our students are able to attend home events at no cost with their student IDs,” he said.

Cayla Crutcher, a senior, said she might be tempted to use the service if she is desperately in need of tickets, but is reluctant to do so.

“I’m wary of these services because I have heard too many stories of people getting ripped off through scams,” she said.

And while Jones and Gentzel discourage students from making large profits and scalping tickets, it’s hard for them to prevent it from happening.

“We connect students, but lose visibility of the process of exchange,” Jones said. “It’s the student’s own agenda, but we discourage payment through the mail,” he said.

Paunita Jones, sophomore, said she is more optimistic about Tixology.

“I think it’s a good idea. We’d get better deals from students and friends versus Ticketmaster. We understand that we are always being overcharged, and that things come up, and we just can’t go to everything, so it’s a good plan,” she said.

The young business has been successful, according to its creators.

They have relied on media attention, Facebook advertising and word of mouth, and have served 200 schools, Jones said.