Selling Movie Tickets (Old School Side Hustle)

Back in the day, when you went to the movie theater, there would be these so-called “hustlers” standing outside selling movie tickets to people wanting to watch a sold-out movie.

Of course, you can’t do that anymore. And what I mean by “you can’t do it anymore” is that you can’t do it anymore outside the movie theater. In today’s world, you hustle online.

Why Sell Movie Tickets?

Have you ever tried to buy a ticket when a popular movie first comes out?

In 2015, I wanted to see Star Wars. It had been years since the last one came out so there was a lot of hype around this one.

Every movie theater website I visited, they were sold out. Not just for the day it came out, but they were sold out of tickets for the first two weeks.

The only way I could get a movie ticket was buying it from someone else online for way more than the original ticket cost. And guess what, that also start selling out quick.

This is when I knew that you could make money selling movie tickets.

How To Start Selling Movie Tickets?

Buy Movie Ticket In Advance

You need to buy movie tickets in advance. This doesn’t mean to buy it the day before you want to see it. It means to buy it months in advance when they first become available.

Buy Multiple Tickets For Multiple Days

The best ticket you can get is for the opening day. This means the first show (or showing) of the movie for the first day it comes out. But you don’t want to limit yourself to just that. You should buy tickets for different times on different days and maybe even different theaters for opening day weekend.

Sell Tickets

It’s really that simple. After buying the tickets you need to sell them to make money.

You can use websites like StubHub, TicketMaster, etc. to list your tickets for sale as soon as you buy them.

You can also use Craigslist or Facebook MarketPlace. But just be aware of people that might take your ticket without paying for it. With other websites like StubHub, they act as a middle man so you have nothing to worry about.


This really is that simple of a side hustle. All you need to do is buy a ticket for the most popular movie that’s about to come out, then just sell your ticket and make the money.

Other Questions About Selling Movie Tickets

What Type Of Movies Should You Buy Tickets To Sell?

You need to see what movie is getting a lot of hype. The movies that always get a lot of hype are franchise movies. Like Harry Potter, Star Wars, Marvel superhero movies, etc.

Where can I sell my movie tickets?

Best place to sell are on websites like StubHub or TicketMaster. You can also sell on Craigslist or Facebook MarketPlace but you need to be aware of people trying to scam you on there. On those other website, they act like the middle man so you are safe.

Can I sell my movie ticket as soon as I buy them?

Yes you can. As soon as you buy the ticket you can list it for sale on those website mention above. But you ticket might not sell until the theater sells out of their tickets. For most popular movies, the theater sells out on the first day tickets are available to purchase.

Can I sell movie tickets outside the theater?

This depends. In most cities, states, and countries, this is illegal to do. They made this illegal to prevent people from selling fake tickets which people used to do back in the day. But if you check with the local laws where you live and if they allow it then you can.

How much money can I make selling tickets?

If it is for a popular movie, you can make $5 extra for each ticket that you sell. I have seen some people make more than $10 when it came down to the last minute. Fans are crazy and they will pay any price to see their movies on the opening night or weekends. If you play your cards right, you can make a lot of money from one ticket.

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