Ticket scalpers are cashing in on the sold-out All Blacks test match in New Plymouth this weekend.
More than 23,000 tickets have been sold and those who missed out were now buying them on Trade Me, at four times the original cost.
Yesterday there were seven auctions on the site for tickets to the game. In one auction, $40 general admission tickets were selling for $175 each.
One Christchurch trader going by the name of kierantime had already sold three general admission tickets, for quadruple their original cost.
The increased price of tickets has annoyed buyers, with one person commenting on the auction and telling the seller to "get a job".
Another person questioned why kierantime was selling $40 tickets for $130 more than was paid for them.
"You can't get them for $40 as they are sold out. Please refrain from asking silly questions in the future," the seller replied.
But the price hike had not deterred some fans who were desperate for seats to the game.
An auction for two adult tickets had received more than 60 bids, and was already sitting at $315. Another auction was selling $110 worth of tickets and the current bid was $355.
The New Zealand Rugby Union was not pleased with the Trade Me auctions.
Spokesman Nigel Cass said he was delighted the test match had sold out in New Plymouth, but was disappointed ticket scalpers were taking advantage of it.
"It's unfortunate that some people miss out to individuals determined to make a quick buck from on-sales."
He urged potential buyers to think carefully before buying from an unofficial source, as the tickets could become void.
"People purchasing tickets from anyone other than an authorised ticketing agency do take a risk in that purchase.
"Reselling tickets at a premium is a breach of the terms and conditions of sale, and that may lead to the cancellation of those tickets," he said.
Trade Me referred the Taranaki Daily News to a post on their website, which explained their trust and safety guidelines for the re-selling of tickets.
"There is no law against the re-selling or scalping of event tickets. However, some ticket companies include conditions placing restrictions around the on-sale of tickets," it said.
"Trade Me does not enforce terms and conditions on behalf of third parties, but we hate seeing innocent buyers caught up in disputes between ticket companies and sellers, so we suggest sellers or buyers should check before listing or buying event tickets."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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