01.Ticket auctions scalped
In an attempt to deter ticket scalpers who buy tickets for popular events to resell them for a profit, NSW Minister for Fair Trading Anthony Roberts has proposed new laws that will require any on-seller to display an image that includes the ticket, row and seat number of the ticket they’re hawking. This will allow tickets to be cancelled if they’re sold in breach of terms and conditions set by event holders.
The ticket reseller will also have to list details of the terms and conditions of sale of the ticket or details of where to find them, and notice of any condition that allows the ticket to be cancelled if it’s resold in breach of its terms and conditions. Tickets subject to the new laws will have a warning on them.
CHOICE has expressed concerns over the draft ticket scalping proposals. We expect NSW Fair Trading to monitor the impact of the new rules to ensure they achieve their objective of providing greater public access to events without hampering consumers who have genuine reasons for on-selling their tickets.
The move comes after our investigation
into ticketing in Australia revealed the issues people have when attempting to buy tickets to popular events.