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Volume 7 No. 149
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Ticketmaster Accused Of Scalping Tickets For Big Bash League

Official agency Ticketmaster is "being accused of facilitating ticket scalping with seats to Friday night's sold-out Big Bash match at the Gabba being resold for three times as much," according to THE AGE. Cricket authorities on Thursday were "warning fans about scalpers targeting the booming" Big Bash League after complaints were leveled at Ticketmaster "unfairly cashing in on the competition's popularity." Fans looking for tickets to the "table-topping" Brisbane Heat's opening home match against the Hobart Hurricanes, announced as a sell-out on Thursday morning, were "shocked to see limited tickets advertised at exorbitant prices" on the agency's website. Adult grandstand seats at the Gabba, originally sold for A$40 ($28.82), were offered for A$113.85 ($82.03) (excluding delivery fees). Under Queensland's anti-scalping laws, tickets to Stadiums Queensland events can only be resold at a maximum 10% above their original price. Another Stadiums Queensland venue, Suncorp Stadium, "warns on the home page of its website it has no obligation" to honor tickets purchased from or through unauthorized third-party re-sellers like Ticketmaster Resale, Viagogo and eBay. Ticketmaster said it proactively set up a dedicated site for Stadiums Queensland events and Ticketmaster Resale provided a platform for fans to sell unwanted tickets and a safe purchase option for events. A Ticketmaster spokesperson said, "Ticketing marketplaces are dynamic and react to demand. ... Ticket holders, not Ticketmaster Resale, control the inventory and the price of the tickets" (THE AGE, 12/29).