Dear Lifehacker, I bought four general admission concert tickets for an international singer coming to Melbourne. I originally bought an extra two in case my friends were interested but they pulled out. I’ve now realised I might be able to sell them at a higher price — but I know there are lot of issues around this. Am I able to put them up for auction on eBay with a starting price at cost price? Or must I only sell them for the price I paid? Thanks, Apache Adam
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eBay’s resale policy is pretty relaxed when it comes to concerts — you can basically set whatever price buyers are willing to pay. However, there’s also a clause that Australians need to be aware of:
I agree to abide by all federal, state, and local laws relating to the tickets sales.
Our country has specific legislation when it comes to ticket scalping, both at the state and commonwealth level. In Victoria, the laws surrounding ticket reselling fall under the Major Sporting Events Act 2009 (Vic) which are currently limited to declared sporting events such as the AFL Grand Final.
In these circumstances, the reselling of tickets is sometimes completely banned and may result in the buyer being denied access to the event. This is covered under Section 166A of the Act which also prohibits resellers from charging more than the original purchase price.
As far as we can tell, there are currently no laws in Victoria that specifically prohibit the resale of live music tickets. However, many ticketing vendors have their own terms of service in place that restrict the on-selling of ticket for the purposes of making a profit. (This is the case with market leader Ticketek, for example.) You should be able to find this information on the website where you originally purchased the tickets.
If the tickets don’t contain any identifiable personal information, it shouldn’t be too difficult to scalp them on the sly without the organisers finding out. (You could put the word out on Facebook, for example.) Personally though, we think you should sell them at face value — do it for the karma!
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