AFL followers are paying as much as $499 for scalped tickets – greater than double the unique buy worth – for this weekend’s Preliminary closing between the Sydney Swans and Collingwood Magpies on the Sydney Cricket Floor.
The tickets are one of many hottest objects on the town, with massive numbers of Collingwood supporters travelling up from Melbourne for the sport.
The followers’ ardour, nevertheless, might be critically subdued, with holders of the scalped tickets being warned that they might be turned away on the gates.
Ticket scalpers are outlawed from promoting tickets for greater than 110 per cent of the unique buy worth of the ticket, which ranges from $65 to $193.
Most penalties for a breach of ticket scalping legal guidelines are $110,000 for an organization or $22,000 for a person. The Workplace of Truthful Buying and selling NSW also can challenge a $550 nice for any offence underneath the legal guidelines, together with one-off breaches.
Client advocate CHOICE on Thursday warned it had discovered adverts on the ticket reseller web site, The Ticket Service provider, for tickets priced between $299 and $499.
CHOICE spokesman Jarni Blakkarly mentioned followers needs to be conscious that even when they had been pleased to pay inflated costs, there was a threat the scalped tickets wouldn’t get them by way of the gates.
“As of Tuesday we noticed tickets being bought for $399. They had been nonetheless out there on-line as we speak. This morning we noticed tickets being bought for as much as $499 at one level,” he mentioned.