If you're hoping to score some Major League Baseball playoff tickets, there's good news: The recession has made them cheaper.
The Wall Street Journal reports (subscription required) that "As of Monday, fans around the country seem to have decided that a Division Series ticket isn't worth what it once was. In New York, pre-series selling prices for the Yankees have dropped 14%, to an average $170 this year from $198 before the 2007 Division Series against the Indians. If those prices hold, they'll be down 19% from the final series average from two years ago."
Ticket re-sellers have large inventories of tickets available -- suggesting that they're overstocked and may continue dropping prices as it gets closer to game time.
Pre-sale prices for L.A. Dodgers tickets are 50% lower than the team's 2008 prices and even Red Sox tickets are off $10 to $167 per ticket.
Year over year comparisons in ticket prices aren't completely reliable because there are other variables -- mainly the popularity of the home team's opponent. A Red Sox vs. Yankees match-up will always command higher prices than a Twins vs. Yankees series.
If you're one of the handful of people who actually has enough extra cash to buy playoff tickets, check out StubHub.com for competitive prices.
Want playoff tickets? They're cheaper this year!