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Super Bowl ticket prices are down, but they're still no bargain

January 23, 2012 | 12:55 pm

Super Bowl ticket prices on the secondary market Monday morning showed a 13% drop-off from those from a year ago
Super Bowl ticket prices on the secondary market Monday morning showed a 13% drop-off from those from a year ago. So says TiqIQ, an event-ticket aggregator that tracks listings from StubHub, EBay, TicketNetwork and TicketsNow.

Awesome! Let's see what kind of bargains we can get for the showdown between the New England Patriots and New York Giants in Indianapolis on Feb. 5.

Wow! $120 on EBay?!?! I'll take it -- oh, hold on. That's just to park. Well, that's OK -- here's one for $818. Still not bad for the biggest game of the year. Darn it, no, that's for the Maxim Super Bowl tailgate party.

Let's keep scrolling down then for something that will get us into the game -- looks like the best price on EBay is $4,599.99. Hmmm ... let's forget about EBay. The bargains must be on the other sites.

Here's one on TicketsNow for $2,785 -- that's a significant improvement over EBay, but I'm sure we can do better. See, here we go -- $2,450 on StubHub and what appears to be the best price out there, $2,262.

Not quite the bargain I was hoping for, considering Super Bowl tickets have a face value of $800 to $1,200, according to TiqIQ.

I guess I'll be staying home for the big game again this year. Anyone who wants to watch it at my place, $100 will get you in the door -- and you can even park and tailgate for free (if you can find a spot on the street).

Now there's a bargain!

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-- Chuck Schilken

Bloomberg News contributed to this report.

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