Gallipoli tickets 'won't end up on TradeMe'

Last updated 18:52 27/06/2014

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Organisers of the Anzac Day centenary commemoration in Gallipoli are confident that highly sought-after tickets to the event will not end up on TradeMe.

Concerns have been raised in Australia that scalpers might try to profit from the event, prompting online auction site eBay to promise the Government that attendance passes would not end up on their site.

The ballot for passes was competitive, with nearly 10,000 Kiwis registering for the 2000 places allocated to New Zealand by the Turkish Government.

Local auction site TradeMe has spoken to organisers about how to deal with the tickets, spokesman Paul Ford said.

"They won't be able to be sold on TradeMe because the tickets are not able to be transferred and there will be some pretty solid ID checks at the event.

"This would result in a bad experience for buyers so we're not keen to have the tickets onsite."

A spokesperson for Veteran's Affairs said there would be passport and name details matched to each attendance pass which would be checked at the entrance of the event.

Passes had a number of in-built security features so if Veteran's Affairs became aware of any being listed or sold, they would be cancelled electronically.

It would be several months before passes would be released to those successful in the ballot.

A waitlist was in place for those who missed out. 

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