The safest way to buy a third party ticket is through the Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP) or directly from someone you know.
If you find a ticket for sale by an unknown third party, the best first step to take is to ask for their order confirmation number. Sharing this number will in no way compromise the seller's order and will allow you to check make sure it is not listed as a ticket number that has been canceled or voided on our Voided Tickets & Vehicle Passes List. If a seller is not willing to share their confirmation number with you then the sale is probably not legitimate and you should steer clear. Please note that just because an order number or ticket number does not appear on this list does not guarantee its authenticity & validity.
We absolutely do not have "print at home" tickets, we see these spoofed every year.
WARNING: Do not use cash, a wire transfer, or other payment methods that have no recourse if you are scammed. A very common scam each year if from a person who claims they are a true Burner and cannot attend the event, they ask for wire payment via Moneygram or other non-traceable method and will not accept Paypal. Don't fall victim to this scam!
Other tips to help you protect yourself when buying a third party ticket: don't be shy about asking the seller fora proof of ownership. If they bought the ticket from Burning Man they should have a receipt, a Survival Guide, a purchase confirmation email, something demonstrating that they own the ticket. If you can, get a copy of their proof of ownership. Ask to see their ID to verify they are who they say they are. Be extra observant during your exchange with them in case you need to recount details later.
Please be safe!