The controversial Swiss ticket reseller platform Viagogo is now selling tickets for the sold-out Ed Sheeran concert in Cape Town for seven times the initial price.
A ticket for Section 101 of the Greenpoint stadium (seated, to the side), which initially sold for R1,075 on Computicket, is now available for R7,435 on Viagogo.
But be warned, you may be barred from entering the stadium with one of these pricey tickets.
The terms and conditions of the Ed Sheeran concert tickets clearly state that tickets are not transferable and cannot be resold.
“Failure to comply with this condition may result in your tickets being cancelled without a refund. Tickets purchased from third party websites and unauthorised resellers are not valid for entry at the venues.”
Also: A valid photo ID matching the customer name on the booking confirmation will be required at the door of the stadium.
Last month, Ed Sheeran fans who bought their tickets through Viagogo were denied access to UK stadiums. Viagogo is also under attack from the UK authorities which has accused it of misleading customers with its pricing information.
Earlier this month, organisers of a UK music festival accused Viagogo of tricking fans into buying tickets at inflated prices. The Australian authorities have also launched legal action against Viagogo for “deceptive conduct”.
Tickets for the Johannesburg Ed Sheeran concert go on sale on Friday.
Meanwhile, the first Ed Sheeran tickets have also surfaced on the online classified site Gumtree.
There is an increase in ticket resales as major concerts come to South African shores, says Estelle Nagel, spokesperson for Gumtree.
“It’s not illegal to sell tickets as an individual, but it is usually against the terms and conditions of the primary ticket seller. There’s also a difference between selling a spare ticket because you can’t attend the event and want to recover the cost, and the mass-reselling of tickets as we’ve seen certain ticket aggregators do.”
“Buyers could find themselves out of pocket – if the terms and conditions state that reselling is prohibited, the primary ticket seller reserves the right to void the resold tickets altogether.”
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