Cricket Australia Issues Stern Warning
Cricket Australia has cracked down on almost 3,000 scalped tickets for December’s Ashes Test in Perth. The tickets were listed for sale on eBay at grossly inflated prices. Cricket Australia has said that it hoped that the confiscation of the tickets would serve as a serious deterrent to scalpers trying to beat the system and taking advantage of fans.
Cricket Australia’s Anthony Everard said to the press that Cricket Australia’s message to the fans was not to support any underhanded practices as far as ticket sales were concerned – even in the event that all official tickets are sold out to some of the matches. Fans are urged to stick to the official ticket sellers – thus ensuring that they would pay official ticket prices, instead of the heavily inflated scalped fees.
Scalped Tickets To Go Back On Sale
The premium-priced scalped tickets confiscated by Cricket Australia will be going back on sale to the general public. The wrongdoer on eBay, coyly named “Queen of Tickets”, has since disappeared from the ether.
Cricket Australia said that team was doing everything in their power to counter-act the sale of inflated tickets and once again warned that fans should be vigilant and only support official ticket sellers. Buying illegal tickets could at worst lead to the tickets being cancelled and fans being completely out of pocket for it.
Everard also said that Cricket Australia was not in a position to verify tickets bought from rogue ticket sellers and that fans would certainly not be re-reimbursed in the event that the tickets were cancelled for whatever reason.
The legislation of Queensland places certain restrictions on mark-ups of tickets to events hosted by Queensland venues, and it isn’t legal to be selling tickets marked up to more than 10% above the original sale price. There is an exception to the rule, but it applies to fundraising for a non-profit organisation only, i.e. for charitable purposes. The laws governing this have been in place since 2006, and have been broken by wrongdoers for as long too – with host website seemingly unconcerned about tickets being sold illegally on their domains.
Ultimately it is very difficult to curb the illegal sale of tickets, mainly due to the vast number of events hosted on a weekly basis all over the world. Cricket Australia has appealed to fans to stop supporting the practice as this was the only way to eventually eradicate the problem altogether.
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