AFL Fans Ripped Off By Scalpers For Finals Tickets
AFL fans have been left out in the cold as ticket scalpers charge exorbitant prices for finals tickets.
Despite the threat of fines of almost half a million dollars, ticket scalpers have been selling AFL finals tickets for up to $1500 on resale sites.
Tickets for this week’s finals are being sold for exorbitant prices on resale sites including Gumtree, eBay and Viagogo.
The most expensive tickets on website Viagogo ranged from $500 for Collingwood's game against West Coast, to almost $1800 a ticket.
Bids for four premium seats at the Melbourne versus Geelong final reached more than $6000 over the weekend.
The Fans’ Association said there’s less ticket scalping this year compared to last because of new Victorian legislation, but it’s still a concern.
“It just drives fans nuts seeing resellers and these tickets at exorbitant prices when they miss out,” Association President Gerry Eeman said.
In Victoria it’s an offence to sell finals tickets for more than 10 percent above face value. Fines can be up to $483 thousand.
“Authorised ticketing officers are vigilantly looking at all of these people whoa re breaking the law,” Sports Minister John Eren said.
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But the same legislation doesn’t exist in Western Australia.
“The Collingwood West Coast Game is in Perth that's not protected by any legislation. There is no legislation in place in WA that protects that game,” Eeman said.
It’s left passionate fans out in the cold.
Jan Blair and her daughter Megan Lyster are gutted not to be able to see their beloved Tigers play at the MCG. They missed out on tickets for Thursday nights final against Hawthorn -- and can’t afford to buy through ticket scalpers.
“I saw one for up to $500 just for Richmond Hawthorn. It was decent seating but that was a bit concerning,” Lyster said.
“I'm like I thought that was illegal but I guess they haven't been caught.”
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