Oyster festival makes tickets available online
The Bluff Oyster and Food Festival has turned to auction website Trade Me to sell 1000 tickets for the May event, in an initiative that could potentially save organisers thousands of dollars.
But the change could cost the Invercargill City Council hundreds of dollars in commission.
Oyster festival committee member and ticket co-ordinator Kylie Fowler said the move came after the group discussed the most cost-effective ways to sell tickets.
It was another way for people to buy the tickets - one that especially connected with the younger generation, she said. "The younger ones are used to Trade Me."
The council, which lists the festival on the Ticket Direct website each year and sell tickets through its offices, receives $2.50 a ticket in commission. This meant the council could lose hundreds of dollars in revenue.
The council's corporate services manager, Stephen Ridden, said it sold the tickets every year on behalf of the event, but refused to say how many it sold, saying it was commercially sensitive. However, he confirmed that the council took its 10 per cent cut from the ticket sales.
Using Trade Me, the registered charity is not charged any commission at all.
Trade Me spokesman Jeff Hunkin said the event fell into the scope of work it did with charitable organisations.
"We think the festival is a great event to get in behind, not to mention one of the tastiest."
Ms Fowler said tickets were listed on the website in lots of two and four, but could be compiled into ticket groups to order.
They had been on the website for two weeks. Eighteen lots had already been sold through Trade Me, but organisers had printed 1000, she said.
"They're not selling like hot cakes."
"What we don't sell we can give to Barnes Oysters [to sell]."
She hoped sales would pick up and was planning to keep the tickets listed until Christmas.
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