He ordered three tickets from Vivid Seats but only got two.

Mark Kovac pays for three tickets to an NBA game but receives only two from Vivid Seats. Where’s the third ticket, and can the company make the assist before game time?

Q: I ordered and paid for three tickets to the Mavs-Wizards game through Vivid Seats. But the seller only delivered two tickets to my Ticketmaster account.

I’ve been trying to resolve this issue for six weeks but to no avail. I’ve spoken with 12 customer service representatives (I have their names). I begged them to help me, but all I got was lip service from the customer support team.

I thought this was a simple mistake that Vivid Seats could fix quickly. But now, I’m beginning to think there may be something more sinister at work. I don’t know who else to turn to. Can you please help me get this issue resolved? ~ Mark Kovac, Dallas

A: If you order three tickets, you should get three tickets. I know, I know. Thank you, Captain Obvious. But maybe not so obvious to Vivid Seats.

This case was incompetence and bureaucracy rolled into one. Incompetence, first. How else can you characterize 12 separate interactions with Vivid Seats’ customer service agents, meticulously documented in your email thread? And now bureaucracy in that Vivid Seats knew you had a problem, it knew – or should have known – that the game was just days away and yet it took its sweet time.

Come on!

You could have done a few things to speed up the process. Certainly, contacting Vivid Seats was the right first step. I think you could have gotten Ticketmaster involved and maybe even your credit card company.

Here’s the order I would have tried. Contact the Vivid Seats executives. I list their names, numbers and email addresses on my consumer advocacy site, Next, I’d Ticketmaster involved – if, as you note, it had a hand in this transaction.

Finally, you could appeal to your credit card company if all else failed. Under the Fair Credit Billing Act, you can dispute a charge for items ordered but not received and get a full refund. Then you could buy your basket ball game tickets elsewhere.

By the time you reached me, you had already gone through customer support and just begun your appeal to the executives at Vivid Seats. But with only a few days until your game, you couldn’t afford to be patient, so you contacted me.

I reached out to Vivid Seats and it sent you the third ticket, as promised.

Christopher Elliott is the chief advocacy officer for Elliott Advocacy. Email him at or get help with any consumer problem by contacting him at

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