If I sell a ticket to an event on trademe for a higher value than what I originally paid for it, what are the repercussions?

Question Details: Could the ticket be cancelled?

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There is a possibility that the ticket could be cancelled.

The two major ticketing agents in New Zealand - Ticketek and Ticketmaster - both attach terms and conditions to tickets they sell that generally prohibit the selling of tickets for more than their face value via auction sites or any other unauthorised means. If you breach the terms and conditions attached to the ticket they will have the right to cancel your ticket.

The ticketing agents impose these terms and conditions in effort to stop ticket scalping, which is only illegal in certain circumstances. The Major Events Management Act 2007 makes it illegal to sell a ticket to a “major event” for greater than face value. Any breach of this and you may be liable for a $5,000 fine. However, very few events are declared “major events” with best example being the Rugby World Cup 2011. A concert put on by your favourite band is unlikely to be classified as a “major event” and these restrictions will not apply.

There is some good news. The major ticketing agents recognise that there may be a legitimate reason why you can no longer attend an event and want to sell your tickets online. They will not object to you selling tickets for face value or less. The best way to ensure your tickets do not sell for more than their face value would be to take advantage of TradeMe’s Buy Now function and set the price at face value or below.

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